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Career and College Readiness

Educators across the country are attempting to reinvent career pathways by developing learning opportunities that prepare students for careers and college. They are expanding opportunities for students to learn in the workplace through internships, apprenticeships, and job shadowing. And, with appropriate supports, they are making these opportunities accessible to any student. These shifts reflect a desire to infuse secondary schools with practical skills that students can use in the workforce, and to move away from the tracking and low rigor that has historically accompanied many vocational and technical programs. Our current work explores the practitioner experience of reimagining the high school-to-career continuum, as well as the policies needed to inform a thoughtful expansion of career-connected learning opportunities.
CRPE is actively engaged in answering the following questions:

What are the gaps in our current methods of preparing students for life after high school, especially for students with disabilities?
What does it look like for a school to reimagine the high school-to-career continuum, and what types of models are already being tested?
What state policies support secondary work-based learning and relevant career training that is high-quality and accessible to any student?

Schools Lead the Way but the System Must Change: Rethinking Career and Technical Education

CRPE has identified 32 programs around the country that represent the variety of efforts being used to reinvent career and technical education.

Rethinking the Traditional High School-College-Career Continuum

This essay explores the systemic changes needed to ensure student access to meaningful pathways to college prep and career training.

Mind the Gap: Will All Students Benefit From 21st Century Learning?

CRPE researchers find inequities in current 21st century learning approaches and recommend strategies to deliver better learning opportunities for all students.

The Case for Coherent High Schools

This paper explains why personalized high schools are hard to get and keep, and shows how we can make them more broadly available through changes in policy and philanthropic investments.

Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What’s Real and What’s Imagined?

This report examines federal, state, and district barriers that principals say hinder their ability to make innovative school improvements.

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