California Partnership Academies
The California Partnership Academies (CPAs) are a network of approximately 500 programs supported by competitive state grants in California’s public high schools. Begun in 1985, the CPAs are designed to prepare students for both college and careers. The CPAs are based in the Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch of the California Department of Education.
Please visit the CPA section of the California Department of Education's website for grant and funding information, program resources, and annual reporting requirements.
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Teaching & Learning
A searchable database of curriculum to meet the special needs of academy teachers, links to organizations dedicated to strengthening the instructional programs of career academies, and the CPA a-g program list.
Gateways to useful resources: a collection of implementation guides and articles; a toolbox of templates and forms you can tailor to your own needs; Video Vignettes that spotlight exemplary CPAs; a list of Career Academy Support Organizations; archives of our web-based news publications, and more.
Separate directories for California Partnership Academies and Academies Nationwide that can be searched by state, high school, academy theme, and location. Each listing includes contact information.
California Partnership Academies Lighthouse Sites
Lighthouse Academies are well-developed, veteran programs with committed teams willing to share their experience and expertise with others. Lighthouse sites are chosen regionally and represent particular industry sectors. This year there are 16 Lighthouse Academies. View all lighthouse academies here.
See presentations at Linked Learning Convention
You can download 2 CCASN presentations given at the February Linked Learning Convention from this website:
Strategies for Developing Teacher Leadership
CTE in the Core: Why, How, and Who Can Teach It? (PowerPoint)
Coursework for College & Career Pathways, Dual Academic/CTE
Just released! CCASN's new policy brief describes how current state and federal regulations relate to these courses and who can teach them, and proposes possible policy options to make such dual academic/CTE courses available to more students. Download PDF.
View webinar on Curriculum Database
This 31-minute webinar tells you how to make the best use of CCASN's rich database of curriculum for academies. View.
Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed
Many experts says it's time to bring back career and technical education. A new radio documentary from American RadioWorks, Ready to Work, explores how vocational educational is being re-imagined. Listen to this program.
Youth Career Connect Grant Proposal Abstracts
Search a database of abstracts of all non-funded US Dept. of Labor Youth Career Connect Grant Proposals. You may search by:
Longitudinal Description of Students in California Partnership Academies
This report follows two cohorts of CPA students from grade 10 through graduation. Administrators and teachers can use this information to guide improvement of individual CPAs. Published September 2013. (More...) Download report