It’s impossible to make systems change without changing the system.

Across the nation, policies and commitments are being made to innovative and equitable pathways toward high-wage employment, entrepreneurship and shared prosperity.

One example of progress is in Massachusetts, with assistance from the Massachussetes Bussiness Alliance for Education (MBAE). This organization recently co-hosted an event and invited us to speak given our focus on New Pathways. The event was titled Striking Student Breakthroughs: Improving Educational and Economic Opportunity for All, and was a public launch event for the Student Pathways to Success Coalition.

The coalition “is dedicated to empowering students, particularly those from historically under-resourced communities, to thrive and prosper in the Massachusetts economy thereby closing wage and wealth gaps and promoting a more equitable Commonwealth.”

The event highlighted pathway progress in three other states as outlined by Paul Herdman, CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware; Katie Zaback, Vice President of Government Affairs at Colorado Succeeds; and Dr. David Deggs, Director of Programs at Educate Texas.

What does Change look like in Massachusetts?

The vision of this coalition is to have “every high school student in Massachusetts on a personalized learner pathway and have opportunities to earn college credit, participate in work-based learning, attain industry-recognized credentials, and receive dedicated career counseling.

Every public high school will offer multiple structured pathway options that are aligned with valuable postsecondary degrees, high-growth industries, or in-demand occupations.

Every high school student will have the guidance and flexibility they need to create a personalized pathway that aligns with their higher education and career goals, allowing for the combining of coursework or elements from different pathway programs and the ability to transfer into other pathways.”

All of this by 2030.

Read the full article about personalized learning pathways at Getting Smart.