Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies

Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) at American Institutes for Research (AIR), 2016

Toolkit Purpose 

This guide helps state education agency (SEA) staff develop and implement a career pathways system in collaboration with other stakeholders in the state.

Publisher 
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Intended Audience 
State and local policymakers, Secondary education providers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Secondary school students
Based On 
Research, best practices, and success stories from SEAs.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This toolkit contains four sections on key components of a career pathways initiative:

  1. Engaging key stakeholders and defining goals;
  2. Mapping policies, programs, and industries;
  3. Designing a framework; and
  4. Implementation and continuous improvement.

Each chapter includes action-based tools, slide presentations, and a guide for a facilitator. The facilitator guides contain background and context for the facilitator and tips for facilitating planning and group activities.

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