Career Pathways in Action: Case Studies from the Field Book

At a Glance

Order Career Pathways in Action for a detailed exploration of a strikingly wide range of systems and efforts that JFF's Pathways to Prosperity Network has helped to establish and a clear sense of promising ways forward.

Published oct. 15, 2019



This valuable collection looks across the US, exploring how to achieve such strategic collaboration. Assessing what underpins success, this book will be an aid to all those seeking to ensure education in the twenty-first century truly serves all learners.

Anthony Mann, Head of Vocational Education and Training, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Career Pathways in Action offers a detailed, on-the-ground exploration of a strikingly wide range of systems and efforts that JFF's Pathways to Prosperity Network has helped establish in recent years, and provides a clear and detailed sense of promising ways forward.

Editors Robert B. Schwartz and Amy Loyd include case studies of five different pathways programs from different regions of the United States: Delaware, Tennessee, the Great Lakes, the rural Central Valley of California, and Marlborough, Massachusetts. The cases illustrate efforts to scale up strategic partnerships; balance state policies with particular regional needs and circumstances; ensure postsecondary success; create continuities between high schools, colleges, and workplaces; and build a STEM early college.

While the programs vary significantly from one another, all of these efforts involve cooperation between political, business, and educational institutions. The portraits in this volume provide fascinating, practical models for the sorts of partnerships that can best serve both young people and the industries in which they hope to find rewarding work.

Career Pathways in Action takes the goal of collaboration across K–12, higher education, and industry to the next level. The case studies detail how states and regions unpack the challenges of developing pathways with real value in the marketplace.

Maura Banta, former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

About the Editors

Robert B. Schwartz is professor emeritus of practice in educational policy and administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professor-in-Residence at JFF, and a cofounder of JFF's Pathways to Prosperity Network.

Amy Loyd is a vice president at JFF and leads the Pathways to Prosperity and college and career pathways work.