District Supports for Minnesota Career and College Readiness Programs

Project State

Project lead: Nicol Christie (nchristie@air.org)

In Minnesota, districts are required to submit a career and college readiness (CCR) indicator as part of their World’s Best Workforce plans. However, districts and schools were given limited guidance about implementing CCR programming that is high quality, equitable, and inclusive; is aligned with Common Core standards; and that uses evidenced-based instructional practices.

To respond to these needs, the Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) and the College & Career Readiness & Success Center collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to develop a career and college readiness toolkit over the course of 2016–17 and 2017–18. Now, MWCC is supporting the dissemination, implementation, and continuous improvement of the toolkit with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive practices.

What Are We Doing?
  • Cocreating a plan to provide ongoing technical assistance to districts and schools during dissemination of the CCR toolkit
  • Codeveloping a process for soliciting, analyzing, and synthesizing ongoing stakeholder feedback on the content and usability of the toolkit
  • Cocreating a virtual platform to serve as a central hub where stakeholders can access the toolkit
Expected Outcomes
  • MDE rolls out the CCR toolkit for statewide use by districts and schools.
  • Districts and schools access the CCR toolkit to support their CCR and World’s Best Workforce planning.
  • MDE is prepared to continuously improve the CCR toolkit using stakeholder feedback.
  • MDE staff have improved awareness of interconnected work within the agency and collaborate more on stakeholder tools, resources, or products.
  • College and career readiness
  • Innovations in learning