Achieving Educational Equity and Justice in Career Academies: Challenges and Promising Strategies

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Career academies are a model of career and technical education (CTE) that combines academic rigor, instruction that is relevant to students’ lives, and strong relationships between students and adults. Shown to have positive impacts on high school students’ motivation, graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment, and career outcomes, career academies also have great potential to reduce opportunity and achievement gaps. This report provides an in-depth look at equity issues and challenges that seven career academies in the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) network have encountered, and describes eight effective strategies that the academies are using to address inequities. Findings from a review of related literature are interwoven throughout the report.



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21 pp.
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