Recommendation 1: Utilize the World’s Best Workforce initiative to strengthen the implementation of statutory requirements for a comprehensive individual student plan that incorporates assessment data [M.S. § 120B.125] and clarify the process for review and revision of that plan. (Career Guidance)
Recommendation 2: To enhance the learning process and the development of a student’s life plan, all students should have regular and frequent access to multiple individuals within the school community who have reliable and accurate information/resources about postsecondary education, career and technical education, and training options. (Career Guidance)
Recommendation 3: All Minnesota families, including families of youth with disabilities, families experiencing socio-economic challenges, those with first-generation college bound students, and multicultural families, will have the opportunity to engage in students’ planning activities and will have access to training and resources so they may help their youth make appropriate career planning and education choices. (Career Guidance)
Recommendation 4: Create a standardized process for experiential learning required for students for high school graduation that includes career exploration through a specific class or as work-based experiences embedded within classes such as job shadowing, mentoring, entrepreneurship, service learning, internships/cooperative work experience, or youth apprenticeship. (Experiential Learning)
Recommendation 5: Require districts to expand opportunities for students designed around career clusters and strategies for postsecondary preparation that may include course offerings, options for on-line credit, dual-credit, or credentialing. (Experiential Learning)
Recommendation 6: Develop and explore new roles for education professionals by allowing for flexibility in licensure while maintaining high standards, and expand professional development experiences in order to support and assist students and their families in developing individual life plans, incorporating career development, utilizing experiential learning, and accessing early college opportunities. (System Flexibility)
Recommendation 7: Provide flexible governance structures that allow schools/districts to have the capacity and opportunity to modify/alter current practices to meet the learning needs of students and ensure smooth transitions among educational levels or into the workforce.
Recommendation 8: MDE in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Economic Development and post-secondary systems utilize technology to implement a state-led focus as a resource for students and families that profiles careers and employment trends and outlines the educational paths necessary for success in these fields.
Recommendation 9: Promote board levels of collaboration among public, private and non-profit entities with establish strategies that increase opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experience in career fields by working with business/employers focused on future career and college participation. This collaboration should involve employers, labor unions and community-based organizations.
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