EdVestors’ third and most recent effort to achieve city-wide student impact is our work to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways in Boston high schools. CTE pathways that marry rigorous academics with high-quality Career and Technical Education can be an effective strategy for overall high school improvement, resulting in deeper student academic engagement and increased access to post-secondary and employment opportunities for Boston students. We believe that CTE pathways built on best practices can serve as a cornerstone to improve a number of Boston Public Schools. EdVestors is working closely with East Boston High School where new career pathways are launching while simultaneously partnering with the BPS central office to develop a cohesive district-wide CTE strategy.
We look forward to sharing updates about this important work as it progresses.
Why Career and Technical Education?
Based on effective national models such as Linked Learning in California and the National Academies Foundation (NAF), we believe – and others increasingly agree – that the traditional view of vocational education significantly underestimates its potential for reinvigorating Boston’s high schools. Developing relevant and engaging career-based technical education alongside of – not instead of – rigorous academics holds great promise for preparing more Boston students for successful completion of 1-, 2- or 4-year post-secondary pathways and entry into viable careers and employment. Career and Technical Education (CTE) connects personalized learning and academic rigor with authentic work-based learning and access to post-secondary and career pathways across a range of occupations and industries. All students benefit from a continuum of classroom and work-based learning experiences that help build relevant work skills that they need to be successful after high school and orient them to a wide range of career/industry options. In the 21st century, we need high school graduates who are creative problem-solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and communicators.