Five years ago, JFF and the Harvard Graduate School of Education launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration of states and regions developing college and career pathways for all students. This national effort has grown significantly and now includes 14 states and regions. Since the Network's inception, state and regional leaders have made impressive progress in aligning K-12, postsecondary education, and the workforce. JFF's Nancy Hoffman and Bob Schwartz chronicle the Network's development––which they co-founded––in a new book, Learning for Careers: The Pathways to Prosperity Network (Harvard Education Press, 2017).
Learning for Careers provides a comprehensive account of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. It takes as its starting point the influential 2011 Pathways to Prosperity report, which challenged the prevailing idea that the core mission of high schools was to prepare all students for college. In response, the Network was founded in 2012 to promote cooperative arrangements between educational and business institutions in order to fashion pathways for young people to acquire twenty-first-century skills and achieve professional success.
This book traces the evolution of the Network over the past five years, focusing on the efforts of a diverse set of states and regions to build systems that span high school and the first two years of postsecondary education. States such as Delaware and Tennessee have been highly effective in establishing systems designed to equip students with credentials valued in the contemporary labor market. At the same time, the authors acknowledge the technical, political, and cultural challenges in redesigning career-focused education to produce satisfactory outcomes for young people throughout the country.
Learning for Careers offers a way forward for the millions of young people and employers that face a rapidly evolving and ever more competitive globalized workplace. This book will be essential reading for all who have a stake in educational and economic opportunity in the United States.
Praise for Learning for Careers"Hoffman and Schwartz provide a thorough and thoughtful summary of how states are taking on the challenge of ensuring more students are career-ready–not just college-ready–and specifically prepared for high-growth and high-demand jobs."
— Candice McQueen, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education
— Chester E. Finn, Jr., distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
— Jack Markell, governor of Delaware (2009–2017)
— Ursula Renold, head of research division education systems, Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich
— Marc Tucker, president, National Center on Education and the Economy
— Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, and Director for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
About the Authors
Nancy Hoffman is a senior advisor at JFF and co-founder of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. Bob Schwartz is a senior fellow at JFF with a primary affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is co-founder of the Pathways to Prosperity Network.