Essential Practices


  • Strand 1:Transforming Teaching and Learning

    Creating meaningful learning experiences that enable students to apply academic knowledge to real-world challenges Ford PAS provides strategies and tools to do the following: Engage all students in meaningful learning that is connected to their own lives and usable in the real world   Prepare students with both essential academic knowledge that meets rigorous standards and 21st century skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, creativity, and global...

  • Strand 2: Transforming the Secondary School Experience:

    Creating and maintaining the career- and interest-based programs and the collaborative culture, structures, and practices necessary to transform teaching and learning and facilitate community engagement Ford PAS provides strategies and tools to do the following: Identify and implement standards of practice for career academies and other innovative and effective designs that support meaningful connections between (1) classroom learning, (2) the needs of the workforce, and (3) economic...

  • Strand 3: Transforming Business and Civic Engagement:

    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 Ford PAS, specifically through the Next Generation Learning Communities program, provides strategies and tools for communities to do the following: Align educational programs with regional workforce and economic development strategies Engage employers in creating,...