ERIC Number: ED395208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
A Year of Progress in School-to-Career System Building. The Benchmark Communities Initiative.
Martinez, Martha I.; And Others
This document examines the first year of Jobs for the Future's Benchmark Communities Initiative (BCI), a 5-year effort to achieve the following: large-scale systemic restructuring of K-16 educational systems; involvement of significant numbers of employers in work and learning partnerships; and development of the infrastructure necessary to connect high schools, postsecondary educational institutions, and employers in a coherent system. Presented first are an overview of the BCI and its 5-year goals. Chapter 1 profiles the following BCI communities and their current/planned school-to-careers activities: Boston, Massachusetts; Jefferson County, Kentucky; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; North Clackamas, Oregon; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The following system-building challenges and strategies are examined in chapter 2: using school-to-careers to drive school restructuring; engaging sufficient numbers of employers; and building the infrastructure to connect school and work. Goals/plans for the next 4 years of the BCI are outlined in chapter 3. Appended are the following: site information about the benchmark communities; Boston compact mission/goals statement; model for Jefferson County Public Schools magnet career academy; characteristics of Milwaukee's school-to-work schools; Oregon's certificate of initial mastery for grades K-10; summary of Philadelphia's Children Achieving action plan; and benchmark communities initiative application information. (MN)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Education, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Magnet Schools, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Improvement, Records (Forms), School Business Relationship, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach
Jobs for the Future, One Bowdoin Square, Boston, MA 02114 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.