A Guide for Implementing Programs of Study in Wisconsin

A Guide for Implementing Programs of Study in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Technical College System and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2011

Toolkit Purpose 

This toolkit guides secondary educators and administrators through the process of developing Programs of Study to prepare youth for in-demand occupations. A Program of Study is a sequence of instruction available within a particular school district that combines coursework, co-curricular activities, worksite learning, service learning, and other learning experiences to prepare students for a career.

Publisher 
Wisconsin Technical College System
Intended Audience 
Secondary education professionals, coordinating with post-secondary education professionals and employers. Targeted to audiences in Wisconsin but could be used by educators elsewhere.
Based On 
The National Career Cluster & Pathway Framework developed by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, and the Rigorous Program of Study Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit is organized around the five phases of building a Program of Study (POS) and the 10 components of POS implementation that align under them:
·        Laying the Groundwork: Researching best practices and collecting data about model POS based on local labor market information. Includes the components: Partnerships; Policies and Procedures; Professional Development; and Accountability and Evaluation Systems.
·        Assembling a Team: Gathering a representative group of all stakeholders who will work together to guide the creation of a POS. Includes the components: Partnerships; Policies and Procedures; Professional Development; and Accountability and Evaluation Systems.
·        Designing and Building a POS: Analyzing curricula to determine development and improvement needs. Includes the components: College and Career Readiness; Technical Skill Attainment; Articulation Agreements; Course Sequences; and Accountability and Evaluation Systems
·        Implementing a POS: The detailed POS plan is put in place and students enroll in the program and continue on to post-secondary education. Includes the components: School Counseling and Academic Advising; Teaching and Learning; and Professional Development.
·        Evaluating and Refining a POS: An evaluation plan is created that defines data needs, benchmarks, collection methods, and ways to refine the POS. Includes the components: School Counseling and Academic Advising; Teaching and Learning; and Professional Development.
Each phase includes a Planning Tool that allows for self-assessment of a school district’s progress (steps for moving from development to implementation to refinement). Each component includes a definition, steps or activities, an Evaluation Tool, and further resources. 

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