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Amidst the evolving landscape of education, educators nationwide are actively reshaping career pathways, especially considering the changing demands brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The disruption prompted a reevaluation of traditional models, leading to a surge in efforts to provide diverse learning opportunities that can prepare students for both careers and college. Notably, the pandemic increased demand for practical skills that students can apply in the workforce, accelerating the shift away from historical vocational program limitations.

As schools navigated the challenges posed by Covid-19, the focus on remote and hybrid learning underscored the need for adaptable and versatile skill sets. This context has further fueled the urgency to infuse secondary education with relevant, real-world skills.

Our ongoing work at CRPE not only explores the practitioner experience of reimagining the high school-to-career continuum, but also considers the implications of the pandemic on education. Against this backdrop, we:

  • address critical questions such as the gaps in current methods of preparing students for life after high school, especially those with disabilities
  • investigate how schools are actively reimagining the high school-to-career continuum, examining experimental models that have emerged in response to the shifting educational landscape
  • delve into state policies that support high-quality and accessible secondary work-based learning and relevant career training, recognizing the imperative for adaptability in education post-pandemic.

This brief, informed by interviews with school and system leaders in the New England region, suggests some efforts to reinvent schools before the pandemic have helped schools to navigate the current crisis.

This report examines weaknesses states share in career and technical education and offers recommendations to improve career pathways for students.

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

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

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

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.

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

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