Career Pathways in Action

Career Pathways in Action Case Studies from the Field

Edited by Robert B. Schwartz and Amy Loyd, Foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman
paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-379-6
Price: $34.00

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Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-381-9

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Career Pathways in Action, a companion to Learning for Careers by Nancy Hoffman and Robert B. Schwartz, offers a detailed, on-the-ground exploration of the Pathways to Prosperity Network’s efforts at state, regional, and local levels. This new book describes a strikingly wide range of systems and efforts that the Pathways Network has helped establish in recent years, and provides a clear and detailed sense of promising ways forward.


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. Career pathways succeed as they reinforce the relevance of course studies and skills for success in the world of work. — Maura Banta, former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

As technology disrupts the working world, consensus grows that employers must engage more deeply in education: better aligning skills supply and demand and making learning richer and more relevant. 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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About the Editors

Robert B. Schwartz is Professor of Practice Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Professor in Residence at JFF. Before joining the HGSE faculty in 1996, Schwartz served in a variety of roles in education, from high school teacher and principal to education adviser to the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts to founding president of Achieve, Inc. In 2011, he coauthored Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, the report that led to the founding of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In 2017, he coauthored with Nancy Hoffman Learning for Careers, The Pathways to Prosperity Network (Harvard Education Press).

Amy Loyd is vice president at JFF and leads the Pathways to Prosperity and college and career pathways work. In this role, she guides states and regions in developing and scaling effective policies, infrastructure, and practices to build sustainable systems of college and career pathways aligned with regional labor markets. Before joining JFF, Amy led a public-private partnership network of K–12 schools providing culturally responsive education and wraparound services to Alaska Native and American Indian students and their families.

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