Design and Develop Pathways

Designing a system of quality pathways that serves each child takes time.

Elements of Quality for a System of Pathways

Elements of Quality for a System of Pathways

Convene and utilize community stakeholders to explore and provide input on strategies for success-focused programming.

Using the Quality Elements questions tool above may identify gaps in programming and access. To appropriately set goals, and strategies that align with vision and mission, the leadership team should gather information on all delivery options. Explore various programming options below. This tool may be useful to capture your goals and action steps.


Understand key industry areas.

Many industry sectors are working to build awareness around the great careers that are available. Visit these websites to understand more about sectors!


Plan for student recruitment and enrollment into pathways.

The most essential way to recruit students into pathway programs is to ensure proper career advising throughout their school experience. Utilize business advisory councils to assist in these activities. There are many logistical considerations to plan and consider operationalizing a system of pathways, including the emphasis of thoughtful career advising. Student Success Planning is a key factor in recruiting students in to the correct educational pathway option for them. Utilize tools below to begin to add these operational considerations to your action plan. 

Additional Resources

Academies: School within a School

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