When community leaders have decided to undertake a long-term systemic approach to college and career pathways, we support them by customizing the design and implementation of a four- to five year strategy using our Key Practices to advance the work. This typically consists of the following phases of work. (These phases are illustrative based on our experience in many communities.)
Phase 1: Orientation
In the initial phase of the work, we introduce the Linked Learning approach and how it works. We take the time to understand and determine the needs and capacity of the organization by conducting readiness assessments. We also seek to gain input from multiple stakeholders in order to learn about the wants, needs, hopes and points of pride for the community.
Phase 2: Design & Planning
During the second phase, we support the development of a District Implementation Plan designed to address the unique needs of the district as it implements College and Career Ready Pathways using the Linked Learning approach.
With data gathered from the Orientation phase, we also build on initial learnings to offer Design Studios to help guide pathway teams in the development of Pathway Implementation Plans.
Phase 3: Implementation
During the third phase, we start to move from ideas to action by supporting teams across the system to successfully implement their design plans. At this phase, we take into account that change is a deliberate, and sometimes challenging process.
We encourage cross-role collaboration, making sure that all levels of the system are shifting in tandem with open communication between them so that interdependencies can surface and adjustments can be made.
Phase 4: Continuous Improvement
The final phase of the work is ongoing and is based on the value of continuous learning and improvement. In this phase, district teams learn how to self-assess their work against quality criteria-based standards.
With identified goals in mind, we support teams in developing improvement action plans based on their self-assessment findings. This includes assisting the district in structuring networked cycles of inquiry to test and refine cross-district improvement plans.
ConnectED is committed to co-constructing a customized scope of work with district leadership, taking the time to understand local context and leveraging local resources. ConnectED works hard to ensure that each scope of work reflects a district’s particular needs. By not being rigid or formulaic, and striving to build on local assets and resources, we believe that we can have more lasting impact that is sustainable long after our involvement.