Overview of Essential Practices
The Assessment Tool for Implementation of the Essential Practices provides a rubric for communities, districts, and schools to use in evaluating their implementation of the essential practices within each strand of Ford PAS Next Generation Learning. This tool was developed to help whole communities harness the power of the framework. The rubric allows communities to determine which essential practices they have already mastered and which need further work.
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Students are at the center of everything we do. The changes we support in schools and communities will help achieve the larger goal that all young adults will graduate from high school equipped with the essential knowledge and skills needed for active citizenship and for success in postsecondary learning and future careers. In particular, with the rapid advances in technology and the demands for numeracy, statistical reasoning, and scientific literacy in every aspect of our lives and work, every young person needs to be literate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Our commitment is to prepare the future scientists, inventors, public servants, and entrepreneurs who will apply their passions and expertise to improving the world for their generation and those to come.
The Three Strands of Ford PAS Next Generation Learning
The assessment tool that follows provides a rubric for communities, districts, and schools to evaluate the implementation of each essential practice within the three strands of Ford PAS Next Generation Learning:
- Strand 1: Transforming Teaching and Learning: Creating meaningful learning experiences that enable students to apply academic knowledge to real-world challenges
- Strand 2: Redesigning High Schools: Creating and maintaining the career academies (and similar career- and interest-based programs) and the collaborative culture, structures, and practices necessary to transform teaching and learning and to facilitate community engagement
- Strand 3: Sustaining Change Through Business and Civic Leadership: Engaging employers, educators, and community leaders to collaborate in building and sustaining educational programs that promote community growth and prosperity by preparing students for future work and citizenship
A Ford PAS Next Generation Learning Community is a community that is actively working to implement the essential practices of the three strands. The community uses the power of workplace relevance and business relationships to excite young people about education and to prepare them for the workplace and postsecondary education. A fully successful Ford PAS Next Generation Learning Community develops and integrates all three strands, and supports them with a culture of excellence and accountability.