Overview of Essential Practices

The Assessment Tool for Implementation of the Essential Practices provides a rubric for communities, districts, and schools to use in evaluating their implementation of the essential practices within each strand of Ford Next Generation Learning. This tool was developed to help whole communities harness the power of the framework. The rubric allows communities to determine which essential practices they have already mastered and which need further work.

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Ford Next Generation Learning mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, career, and life— prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy.

The Three Strands of Ford Next Generation Learning

The assessment tool provides a rubric for communities, districts, and schools to evaluate the implementation of each essential practice within the three research-based strands of Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL):

Strand 1: Transforming Teaching and Learning: Creating meaningful learning experiences that enable students to learn and apply academic, 21st century, and technical knowledge and skills to real-world challenges and that equip them for success in college and careers

Strand 2: Transforming the Secondary School Experience: Creating and maintaining the career and interest-themed academies and the collaborative culture, structures, and practices necessary to transform teaching and learning and to capitalize on community engagement

Strand 3: Transforming Business and Civic Engagement: Engaging employers, educators, and community leaders in building and sustaining transformed secondary schools that promote community growth and prosperity by preparing students for future work and citizenship

Ford NGL communities actively strive to implement the essential practices outlined in this document, using the power of workplace relevance and business relationships to excite young people about education and to prepare them for the workplace and postsecondary education. A fully successful Ford NGL community develops and integrates all three strands, and supports them with a culture of excellence and accountability.