CAREER PATHWAYS / PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The Maui Educational Consortium supports cross-level teacher leadership in learning and teaching that are rigorous and relevant to our learners’ needs and interests. In order to be responsible for our performance and optimize resources to support student retention and program completion across educational sectors, the following elements guide our collective leadership and professional learning:
- Curriculum designed to ensure rigor and alignment with academic and industry standards;
- Learning processes that are interdisciplinary, integrated, and contextual;
- Professional development opportunities based on the needs of the teachers to provide high quality, academically rigorous, integrated curricula, contextualized teaching and learning opportunities for students with diverse needs and backgrounds;
- Career development and guidance activities to ensure retention through the program and attainment of high school and postsecondary degrees/certificates;
- Partnerships with employers and community organizations to allow access to work-based learning, service learning, or other learning opportunities in the community, to serve as mentors, and to ensure relevancy and validity of the program of study to the labor market and community needs;
- Career pathways to help students transition and move from high school to postsecondary education, by aligning high school curriculum with college entrance requirements, allowing dual or concurrent enrollment and sequencing curriculum; and,
- Data collection and program evaluation based on accountability measures.
The past division between preparation for college and preparation for work has become a false dichotomy.
(Rigor and Relevance: A New Vision for Career and Technical Education, Betsy Brand, 2003)