Guides

Below is a list of guides, written by CCASN, for developing college and career pathways, including Master Schedule and Leadership Guides.

(New) College and Career Pathways Leadership Guide

CCASN created this guide to provide tools and resources for education leaders working to expand pathway programs, particularly in comprehensive high schools. Launched for beta testing in 2016, the resources in this guide have been developed on the ground in districts and at sites where pathways development has become a key priority. College and career academy district and site leaders building college and career pathways find that pathways change everything. For those engaged in redesigning schools, CCASN offers guidance from the research, insight into the essential changes this school redesign movement entails, and many concrete resources to mobilize and support a cadre of teachers leaders.

Career Academies National Standards of Practice

Originally issued in 2004, and revised and updated in 2013, the Career Academies National Standards of Practice provide a set of benchmarks for quality implementation agreed to by a broad coalition of organizations that work to support this approach. Comprised of ten overall standards, with clarifying subparts for each, these offer guidelines through which both new and established Career Academies can gauge how well they are being planned and implemented.

Career Academies: A Proven Strategy to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers

Originally prepared as an update and condensation in 2000 of our book: Career Academies: Partnerships for Reconstructing American High Schools (1992), this 2010 document brings up to date the history and research findings regarding career academies.

Course Sequences for Career Academies

Prepared in 2010 under contract for the California Department of Education, Johns Hopkins University, and The Office of Educational Research and Improvements, U.S. Department of Education, this guide gives teachers, counselors, administrators and other educators a quick overview of course sequences from well-known academy and career pathway programs across the country. You will find a variety of sample course sequences collected since around 2000 from schools around the nation (schools may have changed some of these sequences since we collected them). Courses are grouped within the 15 industry sectors acknowledged by the California Department of Education.

CPA Recognition and Assessment Tool

The 2010 California Partnership Academy Recognition and Assessment Tool is based on the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies and Education Code for California Partnership Academies (CPA). Its purpose is to provide California Partnership Academies with an accurate and consistent assessment tool to determine level of implementation of the required CPA elements and to nationally-recognized best practices in career academies; it provides an opportunity for Academies to self-determine the areas in which they are effective and the areas of needed continuing growth; and finally it provides a basis for distinguishing excellence and for recognition of Academies practicing at the highest levels.

Dual Enrollment Guide

This guide was made possible with support from the James Irvine Foundation in 2011. This guide shows how dual enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses and potentially earn college credit.

Getting Connected: A Resource Directory for Career Academies

This 2010 report was originally made possible by funding from The Wallace-Readers Digest Fund. It was developed cooperatively by MDRC and College and Career Academy Support Network MDRC and CCASN. This guide is a compilation of handbooks, articles, newsletters, journals, websites, and funding resources for career academies.

Internship Handbook for Career Academies

This 2001 guide was written by jerry Winthrop during his academic career as an Academy Lead Teacher through a generous grant from the Wallace – Reader’s Digest Fund to the Career Academy Support Network.  The handbook is still relevant today in focusing on internships as they apply to Academies. Recognizing that there are many programs that successfully use internships, the materials in this handbook draw from many sources.

Mentor Handbook for Career Academies

This 2003 handbook was made possible by major funding from the Wallace – Reader’s Digest Fund to the College and Career Academy Support Network. The handbook is written for Academy Coordinators and Mentors alike. It discusses everything from policies and funding to recruitment and training.

Partnership Guide for Career Academies

This guide was prepared by CCASN in 2010 with support from the California Department of Education. The guide covers the following: Employer/Higher Education Support; Academy Advisory Boards; Nine Principals for Sustaining Partner Support; Speakers and Field Trips; Job Shadowing, Mentorships, and Internships; and 15 Steps to Building and Maintaining a Large Partner Base for a Career Academy.

Planning Guide for Career Academies and Pathways

Updated in 2014 from an original grant from the Wallace Foundation and the California Department of Education this guide lays out the steps and pieces of starting an academy or pathway. It highlights partnerships, district and high school roles and support organizations needed to get started.

Self Assessment Guide for College and Career Academies

The original version of this guide was made possible by funding from the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. It was revised and updated in 2014 with support from The James Irvine Foundation. The guide discusses the criteria used to assess College & Career Academies. It has incorporated recent best practices in the Career Academy movement, in particular the Linked Learning work on self assessment for continuous improvement, as represented by the ConnectEd OPTIC self assessment tool for Linked Learning pathways, based on the seven Essential Elements of High Quality Pathways in Linked Learning.

Small Learning Communities: Lessons from the Field

CCASN prepared this document in 2007 and summarizes what professionals have learned over the years. Grouped topics for this summary include:

  • SLC Features—The components of an SLC
  • System Needs—The role of districts and high schools
  • Support Structures—How to strengthen SLCs
  • Evaluation—How to assess progress

Teacher Externship Guide

This 2010 guide was developed under contract with the California Department of Education. It discusses every aspect of academy teacher externships.  Key chapters include externship agreements, activities, skills opportunities, and lesson plans resulting from an externship.

Web-based Curriculum Resources for College and Career Academies

This 2010 guide was made possible by funding from the California Department of Education, The Wallace Foundation, The Stuart Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Walter S. Johnson Foundation and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement U.S. Department of Education. This guide is intended to serve as a collection of some of the most relevant and useful websites that will help educators working in a Career Academy.