Adult Public Charter Schools and Career Pathways
Submitted by David J. Rosen on November 5, 2015 - 6:33am
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Adult Public Charter Schools Discussion: Day 4: Thursday, November 5: Career Pathways
Today's topic in the Program Management CoP discussion of public adult charter schools is also being posted here in the LINCS Career Pathways Community. Michael Cruse, the Career Pathways CoP Moderator, and I will will check to see that your replies and other comments about career pathways and adult charter schools are posted back to the Program Management Community. So, if you are a member of either CoP you will see today's posts. We look forward to having you join in the discussion.
The thoughtfulness and depth of our guest experts' replies have been terrific. This is a great opportunity for adult education practitioners to understand the potential opportunities and challenges of public adult charter schools. At the end, I will try to summarize the discussion both for those who have been following it, and for others who may be interested.
Some of our guest experts have already mentioned the importance to their public adult charter schools of preparing students for work and careers; today we will look at that in depth.
Thanks to Michael Cruse and Scott Emerick we have a lot of thoughtful questions today on this important topic.
Engaging Employer Partners
1. If you have employer partners, in what ways are you engaging them to review and proactively contribute to your work with your students?
2. What specific strategies have worked to improve the meaningfulness and usefulness of these partnerships for employers, your charter school and for students?
3. What unique opportunities do you think adult charter schools can provide for engaging employer partners?
Working with Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Funding
4. If your adult charter school provides work-based learning opportunities for your learners, what has been your experience in working with Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to leverage WIA/WIOA dollars to support these opportunities?
5. Have you found specific outreach or partnership approaches particularly useful in working with your local WIB to use WIOA funds in support of your learners?
6. Do you think adult charter schools have particular advantages in leveraging WIOA funding? If so, please share what you think they are.
Contextual(ized) learning may include: sector knowledge, technical job skills, and basic skills. Sometimes it means teaching basic skills in a work-related learning context rather that in the abstract.
7. Does your adult charter school use contextualized curriculum or other contextual approaches? If so please describe them.
8. How does your adult charter school find the right balance of these basic skills, contextual sector knowledge, and technical skills at the right time for learners?
9. What advantages, if any, do you think adult charter schools may have in developing work-contextualized learning opportunities?
Norms, Routines and Cultural Reinforcement between the classroom and job site. An important place to start for many adult charter schools is working toward more consistent norms, routines, and culture across classrooms and job sites.
10. If you are doing this, in what ways are you connecting norms and rituals for academic and work-based learning?
11. How are these connections and consistent cultures influencing student readiness, for example for work or for post-secondary education?
David J. Rosen
Moderator, Program Management CoP