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Future Ready

Future Ready Iowa

Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa鈥檚 talent pipeline, led by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Future Ready Alliance.

Definition of College and Career Readiness in Iowa

Iowa students who are college and career ready have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and strategies to be successful in post-secondary opportunities as demonstrated through multiple sources of evidence, including those generated by students.

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Why Do We Need the Future Ready Iowa Initiative?

Education or training beyond high school has become the new minimum threshold for Americans to earn a living wage and attain middle class status. In 1973, only 28 percent of U.S. jobs required education beyond a high school diploma; by 2025, almost two out of three jobs in the nation are projected to require at least some postsecondary education or training.

Future Ready Iowa is not a brand new program, but rather a collaborative approach to highlighting best practices, nurturing high-quality partnerships, and ensuring hardworking taxpayer dollars are focused on those areas that will maximize progress toward our goal.

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Future Ready Newsletter

Future Ready Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter features district initiatives, upcoming Future Ready opportunities and events, articles of interest and other helpful resources.

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Partnerships

AEA Prep




AEA PREP鈥檚 mission will be achieved through:

  1. Providing actionable postsecondary readiness and success听data to all Iowa Pre-K-12 school districts.
  2. Developing a statewide network听 of Postsecondary Readiness Leads and teams who will provide leadership & support to districts and AEAs in using this data.
  3. Creating a resource center with updated research, postsecondary readiness data dashboards, presentations, webinars, and other information to support postsecondary readiness programs and initiatives
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  4. District Policies and Practice Reviews
    • Do district goals align to Postsecondary Readiness metrics?
    • Are Equity policies/practices examined?
      • Superintendent Evaluation (Policy Series 300)
      • Career Education (Policy Series 600)
      • Graduation Requirements (Policy Series 500)

The Center (Authentic Learning Resources)




We work with schools and community partners to create:

  • engaged learners
  • innovative environments
  • future-ready community members
  • resilient, self-directed young people

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Future Ready Iowa




Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa鈥檚 talent pipeline. Current postsecondary data shows that education or training beyond high school is the new minimum to earn a living wage. Academic mindsets are surpassing the need for specific knowledge. Careers today and in the future require advanced knowledge and/or technical skills. Today's students are encouraged to demonstrate thinking competencies in creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

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Governor's STEM Hub




The Governor's STEM Hub offers many opportunities for schools and teachers to bring STEM education into the classroom. From their Scale-Up grants, local STEM festivals, and teacher Externships they support connections to local and national community-based learning experiences for schools.

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Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG)




Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates, or iJAG, uses project-based learning as a basis for experiential learning.

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Iowa College Aid




Iowa College Aid, in partnership with AEA PREP, provides FAFSA completion information to schools to ensure all students who choose to complete the FAFSA do so successfully.

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Iowa Intermediary Network




The Iowa Intermediary Network coordinators are experts at bringing students to great career exploration opportunities. Learn more about and their opportunities for students.听

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services




Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services work with Iowans with disabilities and help them find successful employment across the workforce. Learn more on the

Work-Based Learning Clearinghouse




Work-based learning helps students develop new skills and connections through projects, internships and apprenticeships that are embedded into classwork.

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High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs (HSRAP)




"Registered Apprenticeship (RA) opportunities can be life-changing for high school students wanting to jump-start rewarding careers while helping employers develop a skilled early talent pipeline. ...Iowans are seeing the value of this 鈥渆arn and learn鈥 model that combines education and training with a paycheck from Day One and leads to a valuable national credential."听
Students begin coursework while in high school, partner with an employer to get valuable on the job training, learn key skills in a high demand career, and complete the program with a nationally recognized credential. HSRAP create clarity on pathways to career fields, and allow students to earn while they learn and accomplish their goals.
Current High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs available in 9总探花 Region:
Resources for Participating Districts
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  • 听to learn more about how the program works
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Want to learn more? Please contact Jen Boyd with any questions you have!

 

Iowa's Core Strategies

Building Future Ready learners is a continuous cycle that uses Iowa's 5 Core Strategies of Data*, Transition*, Rigor, Partnerships*, and Relevance. Explore the resources below to begin developing Future Ready learners in your school!

*Current state and 9总探花 priorities

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Data

Support leadership, school improvement, and/or counseling teams to effectively use a variety of Future Ready data sources and think-abouts in their evidence-driven planning and alignment with ESSA and Differentiated Accountability.

Where can I find data about student readiness and success in postsecondary?

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  • EXPLORE: to see trends among graduates with postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion.
  • EXPLORE: to find information related to student success from PK-12 to postsecondary education, to gainful employment.
  • EXPLORE: to see public school performance on required measures.
  • IDENTIFY: Areas of strength and opportunity by completing the using the tools listed above.

What are data points we should be focusing on for Future Ready success?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: from American Institutes for Research to find the indicators and predictors for at each grade band for success at the next level.
  • IDENTIFY: from Redefining Ready - College, Career, Life that you can track and support to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success.
  • EXPLORE: to find lessons and experiences that support Future Ready initiatives.

How do I assess our current Future Ready Culture?

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  • TAKE: from NWAEA to measure your building鈥檚 current culture.
  • EXPLORE: to assess your current district engagement.
  • COMPLETE: for a detailed dive into all aspects of Future Ready initiatives in your district.
  • EXPLORE: from the Department of Education outlining the requirements and complete the to find areas for growth.

Transition iconTransition

Ensure integrated strategies for improving PK-12 to postsecondary transition services for all students, with an emphasis on under-represented students, especially those with disabilities.

What does it mean to be Future Ready?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to build awareness of the outcomes of successful graduates.
  • EXPLORE: to learn about initiatives and resources from the state to support Future Ready Iowans.
  • EXPLORE: Re-imagine your graduates and take steps to make that vision a reality with a strategic action plan.
  • SIGN UP: to engage in courses that help schools and districts develop practices that lead to postsecondary success by preparing students for education beyond high school.
  • WATCH: to understand how to secure a competitive advantage in the new economy.

What are the transition skills students most need?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to learn about the skills that employers are looking for now.
  • EXPLORE: to build awareness of the outcomes of successful graduates.

How can I embed transition skills into my classroom?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find lessons and experiences that support Future Ready initiatives.
  • EXPLORE: to find materials that support planning, applying, paying for and succeeding in high school and beyond.
  • SHARE : guide from Iowa College Aid with students and families.
  • WATCH/SUBSCRIBE: to hear from employers all over the state about career opportunities.

What opportunities are there for students during and after high school?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to connect with groups and resources that support classroom curriculum.
  • EXPLORE: to find all the innovative education options available to students in our area!
  • EXPLORE: to find pathway programs available to high school students that lead to postsecondary programs.
  • CONTACT: liaison for your district to discuss available opportunities for students.
  • WATCH/SUBSCRIBE

How do we communicate opportunities after graduation to help students find their pathway?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to learn about the importance of career conversations and experiences for every child.
  • SIGN UP: to engage in courses that help schools and districts develop practices that lead to postsecondary success by preparing students for education beyond high school.
  • IDENTIFY: Key stakeholders in your district that can help build connections and increase student planning.
  • WATCH: from the Association for Career and Technical Education to learn about a strategic plan that focused on exposing middle school students to local opportunities.

Why is the FAFSA important and how do we support students in completing it?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to learn why completing a FAFSA opens the door for postsecondary enrollment.
  • FIND OUT: for your district over time.
  • EXPLORE: from Iowa College Aid for strategies to support Future Ready Iowa goals.

Rigor iconRigor

Identify and improve high鈥恞uality instruction based on Iowa鈥檚 Academic Standards (content, 21st-century skills and Universal Constructs), especially for high鈥恘eed and underserved students and on closing opportunity gaps.

How is my core supporting Future Ready goals?

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  • EXPLORE: Contextual Learning: Integrating Math & CTE to Become Future Ready to find out about applied learning that uses core and technical skills.
  • EXPLORE: from American Institutes for Research to find the indicators and predictors for at each grade band for success at the next level.
  • ANALYZE: and reflect on how core instruction can support job ready skills and priority standards.

What are the top needs for the future workforce?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find out which skills make the biggest difference today.
  • EXPLORE: - from VisualCapitalist.com, to see the jobs projected to boom, and those projected to fade by 2030.
  • READ: (Dec 21) to learn the jobs and skills that are needed today.

How can we support students in the development of skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, productivity and flexibility, and adaptability?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to foster deeper learning that embeds critical workforce skills.
  • WATCH: from the Association for Career and Technical Education to learn about strategies to embed professional skills into the classroom experience.

Partnerships iconPartnership

Expand high鈥恞uality, work鈥恇ased learning experiences in various fields and careers for all students by enhancing partnerships in education, business, and community.

How can we provide experiences for students beyond the classroom?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find opportunities for students to engage with local employers through job shadows, internships, and more.
  • EXPLORE: to determine the types of experiences available to students outside of the classroom.

Where do I find willing partners to support and connect with our programs?

Answer




  • CONTACT: liaison for your district to discuss available opportunities for students.
  • EXPLORE: to connect students with employers through authentic, shared projects - without any travel!
  • EXPLORE: from the AEA Future Ready Team to find resources aligned with grade bands and specialized areas.

Which industries are in most need of workers in my region?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find current careers that are in high demand in the state.
  • EXPLORE: to find detailed results about in-demand occupations by industry and region.
  • VISIT: developed by local Sector Boards! Take assessments to find strengths and interests, and explore careers and pathways by sector to learn about opportunities here in our region.

Relevance iconRelevance

Support the implementation of learner-centered, personalized, and/or competency-based education as pathways to future readiness and success.

How can we increase learner engagement?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find resources and supports to implement authentic project and problem-based learning into curriculum.
  • EXPLORE: to learn about competency-based education that leverages learner-centered and personalized pathways.
  • WATCH/SUBSCRIBE: from All4ed.org where presenters share how innovative approaches lead to stronger community collaboration, teacher engagement, and student success.

What types of opportunities are available for students to become Future Ready during high school?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: to find all the innovative education options available to students in our area!
  • EXPLORE: to find pathway programs available to high school students that lead to postsecondary programs.
  • ANALYZE: Use the to assess your district ICAP and find more opportunities to connect to Future Ready initiatives throughout PK-12.

How can I embed future ready concepts into my classroom?

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  • EXPLORE: to connect with groups and resources that support classroom curriculum.
  • VISIT: developed by local Sector Boards! Take assessments to find strengths and interests, and explore careers and pathways by sector to learn about opportunities here in our region.
  • EXPLORE: Your district鈥檚 Career Information System (CIS) to find connections with your classroom instruction.
  • CONNECT: With School Counselors to learn about the counseling program and ways you can support it.

What types of careers are in high demand?

Answer




  • EXPLORE: - from VisualCapitalist.com, to see the jobs projected to boom, and those projected to fade by 2030.
  • READ: (Dec 21) to learn the jobs and skills that are needed today.
  • EXPLORE: to find detailed results about in-demand occupations by industry and region.
  • EXPLORE: to find current careers that are in high demand in the state.

Important contacts

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Molly Crock

Future Ready Iowa Curriculum Consultant

319-399-6764 Email Molly Crock
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Jennifer Boyd

CTE Consultant

Email Jennifer Boyd