EdVestors’ third effort to achieve citywide student impact is to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways as a strategy for improving Boston’s traditional public high schools.
Why Career and Technical Education?
Data from CTE models show that students involved in CTE are more likely to graduate, enroll in college, get a job, and earn higher wages. CTE pathways built on best practices can help to close opportunity and achievement gaps by providing access to rigorous coursework, non-academic student supports, exposure to work-based learning and career readiness, and opportunities for college and career exploration. We believe that expanding CTE pathways can be part of the equation for addressing the challenges facing Boston’s traditional public high schools.
EdVestors’ Year 1 Efforts
At the school-level, we partnered with the BPS Office of Career and Technical Education to support BPS high schools to plan and develop new CTE pathways launching in fall 2019. We also worked with several BPS high schools to deepen the quality of existing CTE pathways at their schools. Investments in our first year included:
- Biotech pathways at East Boston High School and New Mission High School
- Computer Science pathway at Dearborn STEM Academy
- Technical support at East Boston High School and The English High School
At the district-level, we partnered with key stakeholders to develop a blueprint for implementation of high-quality CTE pathways across the district. This includes co-leading the BPS high school Career Pathways Working Group.
We are continuing and expanding our work in career and technical education in school year 2019-2020, check out our grant opportunities below.
EdVestors seeks to partner with school in two ways:
- Foundations of Career and Academic Learning (FOCAL Grants) will support schools interested in integrating school-wide efforts around career readiness, with specific attention to schools leveraging personalized learning plans or MyCAP as tool for coordination.
- IDEAL Career Pathways (Initiative for Deepening and Expanding Access to Learning through Career Pathways):
- Deepening Grants will support schools to enhance existing career pathways available to students by supporting pathway development in one of six quality career pathway elements defined by DESE.
- Exploration Grants will support schools interested in increasing student access to career learning by exploring approaches beyond traditional CTE programs (e.g. Ch. 74, non-Ch. 74, Innovation). This grant specifically considers career learning efforts that are school designed or operated in partnership with a non-profit, higher education institution, or business.
- Public schools (district or charter) in Boston that enroll students in grades inclusive of 9-12 and with a demonstrated interest in career learning. Alternative education schools and programs as well as buildings with 7-12 or 6-12 grades configurations are welcome to apply.
- A nonprofit organization with an existing partnership in a Boston school including grades 9-12 focused on career learning and skill building through their school-based partnership work.
- Schools and partner organizations must be able to demonstrate commitment to a school-based planning and implementation process which allows them to effectively design, implement, and measure their efforts.