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College/career readiness

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, Maryland

Challenge: Educators sought to provide real-time access to learning and to offer social support for students who are either homebound or hospitalized.  

Initiative: Robots that students maneuver remotely keep them connected to their classrooms, teachers and friends. Steering their robots around the school, students follow along with lessons, participate in class discussions and join in social interactions.

Windham Public Schools, Willimantic, Connecticut

Challenge: Windham High School, where 70 percent of students are Hispanic and 43 percent come from non-English speaking homes, sought the community’s help in upgrading its college- and career-preparation programs.

Palisades School District, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Challenge: Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, needed more medical professionals. Palisades School District wanted to teach high schoolers about various medical careers to encourage them to pursue employment locally.

Eau Claire Area School District, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Challenge: Children with special needs, English learners and lower socio-economic students were suffering learning losses when school was out for summer. “The goal of the program is to make summer look as similar to the school year as possible regarding supports for students,” says Jim Schmitt, executive director of teaching and learning.

Sumter County School District Bushnell, Florida

Challenge: The Florida Department of Education and CareerSource Florida created opportunities for high school students to earn nationally recognized industry credentials in an effort to build a workforce-ready population across the state.

Bibb County School District, Macon, Georgia

Challenge: Seventy-five percent of Bibb County School District high school students reported feeling unprepared to interview for a scholarship or job, which affected the number who joined the workforce or went on to college.

Sherman ISD, Sherman, Texas

Challenge: A study of local employer needs indicated a shortage of middle-skill workers in manufacturing and health care, while a local education needs assessment called for educating more students about viable careers.

Purpose, Passion, Power and Play

Encinitas Union School District knew career readiness rarely applied to elementary students but wanted to ensure that its learners were ready for future careers.

College Express for All

In the small farming town of Tulare, many students and parents don’t know how to navigate the college system—which often leads to students failing to seek higher ed options.

PATHS: Biomedical Academy

Thanks in part to a federal grant and local innovation, southeastern Oklahoma has a better chance to graduate more high school students with career goals and get more qualified health workers in the region.