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Career Readiness
ECASD Summer School: Removing Barriers for All Learners
Eau Claire Area School District
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
CHALLENGE: Children
with special needs, English
learners and lower socioeconomic students were suffering learning losses when
school was out for summer.
"The goal of the program
is to make summer look as
similar to the school year
as possible regarding supports for students," says Jim
Schmitt, executive director
of teaching and learning.
INITIATIVE: The summer
school program provides
more opportunities for students to be engaged in highquality learning throughout
the summer months and to
mitigate school-year learning
losses. Breakfast, lunch and
transportation are provided

for free, as are the courses,
which range from athletics and arts to accounting,
journalism, dental assistance
and residential construction.
More than 25 community
partners participate.
IMPACT: There were 5,870
students enrolled in 2017,
which was nearly a 20 percent increase over 2016 and
equal to nearly 40 percent of
the district population.
"Offering diverse programs
with more than 25 community partners for students
from ages 4 to 21 has created a powerful collaboration that exists in very few
communities in our nation,"
says Schmitt.

SUMMER SUPPORTS-To keep students on the proper
learning and social paths during the summer months, Eau
Claire Area School District provides breakfast and lunch in
addition to a comprehensive range of academic programs.

ADVICE: This initiative
requires intense year-round
collaboration with community partners and district
staff. Administrators need

to meet often with a variety
of stakeholders to improve
quality and to remove
barriers.

Pathway Programs in Palisades
Palisades School District
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

CHALLENGE: Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, needed more
medical professionals. Palisades School District wanted
to teach high schoolers about various medical careers to
encourage them to pursue employment locally.
PROGRAM: Students in the medical career pathway
program explore units of study and career options within
a hospital setting. They also take an introductory course
at Bucks County Community College that provides
transferable course credits to two- or four-year colleges.
Students participate in hospital lectures on ethics in medicine, for example, and visit Temple University Medical
School to learn about career and college planning.
"Each unique aspect of the pathway program was
designed to create an overall opportunity for Palisades

38 July 2018

students that is both robust and distinctive," says Michael
Donnelly, director of curriculum.
ADVICE: By 2014, 88 percent of graduates who had gone
through the pathway program were either working in the
medical field or studying a medical field in higher ed.
The success and popularity of this pathway program has
encouraged administrators to add pathways in business
careers, global studies, and engineering and design.
ADVICE: "The key for a successful pathway program is
to reach out to community partners," says Principal Rich
Heffernan Jr., of Palisades High School. Before launching a program, districts should have coursework ready so
students can focus on a specific career.

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