The places where individuals live and learn dramatically affect their opportunities and life outcomes, including access to a high-quality education, workforce training, and employment. Researchers Susan Bowles Therriault and Trent Sharp of the American Institutes for Research argue that state leaders must pay attention to the effects of geography as they develop policies to build the education-to-workforce pipeline. By using geographic information systems, policymakers can gain a fuller picture of how education and workforce sectors converge so that they can develop a more coherent, efficient, and equitable system of career readiness to address the needs of all students.
Join NASBE’s webinar on September 24, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (ET), as Therriault and Sharp discuss the opportunities for policymaking in career and technical education that arise from Perkins V, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how states are using geographic data and other tools to help make cross-agency connections and engage diverse stakeholders in strengthening the education-to-workforce pipeline. Natalie Clark from the Kansas State Department of Education will share her state’s unique experience using such strategies.