Session Purpose/Overview

To provide guidance for school districts in developing partnerships and advisory councils to engage business and industry in public education. An emphasis will be placed on 9- 14 education that creates additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip the majority of young people with the skills and credentials to succeed in our increasingly challenging labor market. The long range goal is to ensure that many more young people complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and get launched on a career while leaving open the prospect of further education.

Session Description

More than 50% of young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills and labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasingly demanding economy. At the same time, public and private employers leave jobs unfilled for lack of suitable candidates. The goal of this session is to explore the Pathways to Prosperity approach, a joint project between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future, to help districts engage stakeholders to build a system of career pathways that enable all young people to successfully transition from high school to post-secondary and the workforce.

Session Objectives

1. Understand the components of the Pathways to Prosperity approach.2. Understand how to implement the Pathways to Prosperity approach.3. Understand how to engage stakeholders to create a Career Pathways Strategic Plan.

Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will recognize the components of the Pathways to Prosperity approach.
2. Participants will be able to implement the Pathways to Prosperity approach by engaging local and regional stakeholders.
3. Participants will be able to create a Career Pathways Strategic Plan that align with post-secondary and workforce needs.



Session Participant Pre-Work:


Participants should read the Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century report located at:
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf

Once familiar with the report, view the following Pathways to Prosperity newscast video (19:32) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyIVBsLNCK0. Bill Symonds, Pathways to Prosperity Project Director at Harvard Business School, discusses the mismatch of skills to job openings.


Session Resources and Activities:


Session PowerPoint Presentation:



Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century (Conclusion):


Pathways to Prosperity Overview:


Pathways to Prosperity Network Launches: What's the GIST?
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2012/06/pathways-to-prosperity-network-launches/


Developing High Quality CTE Programs through Business Engagement: Facilitator's Guide
The Facilitator’s Guide is designed as a research-based guide outlining the Pathways to Prosperity approach to provide LEAs and potential facilitator’s a step by step process to begin key stakeholder engagement, strategy development and implementation.



Economic and Labor Market Activity:



Four Key Areas of Work (Levers)

Employer Engagement Input:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fuCyD20mpZMSqZl0lQ4dljs0DPLvpxSgX5SBSXmX4Kw/viewform?pli=1

Employer Engagement Results:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApiwwaW3vNo2dEdpcmFlb3RlMXBnRUZoNXl0TzFVanc&usp=sharing#gid=0


Career Pathways Input:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XIaqmViGVrFqNTRdCeseklHFKHedHUmf2kz6dpXLpCo/viewform?pli=1

Career Pathways Results:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApiwwaW3vNo2dFMyVEZHNDRjdk9wSkxTV2Y1bmRvUnc&usp=sharing#gid=0


Career Counseling and Advising System Input:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QdyDc7al4HQ7cg2aJRBUNh1QAcmJ5_zCOg4CZVvBCSk/viewform?pli=1

Career Counseling and Advising System Results:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApiwwaW3vNo2dE80cDhDUEd2WFdwemVncjF1cHdIV1E&usp=sharing#gid=0


Intermediary Function Input:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12JylYe460kKvZt9YVbroHK_-Nj4ouQTvk7mIzN7_Ttw/viewform?pli=1

Intermediary Function Results:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApiwwaW3vNo2dG90aGcwWE9mdTdVQ0lUWWhTb19JbXc&usp=sharing


Strategic Plan Template


We Want Your Feedback!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GS8ZX6B

Facilitated Team Time:

Your Reflection Response-http://bit.ly/SIreflection