Resources

For a wider vision of CTE

Meet Seymour and Sylvie – two youth who grow up loving the New Orleans’ harbor – its big ships, the sounds of the water, and the endless potential that lay ahead of them. As Seymour and Sylvie grow up, they learn about and opt for two different pathways through learning and life. Neither better – just different! Follow their two paths – and see how they lead them back to the place they grew up together. Navigating Our Way – presented by Big Picture Learning (bigpicture.org) and FableVision (fablevision.com) and narrated by Wendell Pierce.

Navigating our Way

 

Navigating Our Way is a leading, national initiative committed to changing how society values career and technical education and the skilled trades, so all students may follow their interests and pursue their passions.

Through cultivating and supporting learning environments that emphasize serious and deliberate practice in school, mentoring at internship sites, and apprenticing,

 

Navigating Our Way gives students a strong sense of identity, confidence, and purpose—no matter their path.

Navigating Our Way Presents:


GET REAL #1: YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!


What if bored, disengaged students had a magical app to change school to be something engaging, meaningful and truly helpful in navigating their way to success?

Find out in Get Real!—the all-new graphic novel designed to show what interest-based, mentor-supported REAL world learning looks like.

Through cultivating and supporting learning environments that emphasize serious and deliberate practice in school, mentoring at internship sites, and apprenticing, Navigating Our Way gives students a strong sense of identity, confidence, and purpose—no matter their path.

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Research Evaluation: An Expectations Revolution

(Executive Summary)


BY: SCOTT BOLDT, 2021

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Research Evaluation: An Expectations Revolution


BY: SCOTT BOLDT, 2021

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Making Connections: Relationships, Practice, & Interests


BY: SCOTT BOLDT, 2020

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HFF PAPER: WITH

BY: SCOTT BOLDT, 2020

The National Association of Manufacturers warned in 2018 that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled over the next 10 years with an estimated loss of $2.5 trillion in GDP. The most recent data is showing that nearly two-thirds of firms are having difficulty in recruiting and finding skilled tradespeople. WITH highlights the need for HFFI to help address this dire circumstance and shows that Fellows do not just have the opportunity to learn and practice skills they are interested in, but they get to do these things with a mentor and other adults. Many if not most of the skills acquired by Fellows cannot be achieved in a classroom or learned from books. To work with your hands is to learn with your hands, to work with someone is to learn with someone – and these differences that distinguish HFFI make all the difference.

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HFF PAPER: BRAIDING THE STRANDS

BY: SCOTT BOLDT, 2019

HFFI is crafted and constructed on the three strands of learning through interests, learning through relationships, and giving real and sustained opportunities to practice skills in tradecrafts. These strands are interwoven and metaphorically become a rope that intertwines these principles of learning, pulling together and binding the interests of the Fellows, with the skills of the mentors and the guidance of the teachers. A key component is involving young people in a professional community where relationships are formed, interests are pursued and practice in the trades is real and happening in the workplace. A tangled web of wonderful opportunity is woven.

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A WIDER VISION OF LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

BY:  ELLIOT WASHOR

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An Evaluation of the Harbor Freight Fellowship Initiative 

BY:  WestEd

HFFI and WestEd have partnered to focus on moving the evaluation lens to the most relevant measures for success in life- Interest, Practice, and Relationships.

Findings from WestEd Education’s Program Evaluation*:

  • Harbor Freight Fellowships successfully connect Fellows to meaningful work opportunities in their chosen field and deepen Fellow interest in a specific trade.

  • The Harbor Freight Fellowship program provides participating Fellows with an opportunity that directly benefits Fellow skill and experience in an identified trade.

  • Fellows, Mentors, and Advisors overwhelmingly report the Fellowship helped Fellows build skills and knowledge to find information about the trade, build relationships with people in the trade, and connect with communities of professionals.

  • WesEd confirmed the critical value of providing compensation for youth.

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Evaluation & Research

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