An affordable subscription reduces stress for teachers and counselors
and provides Future Ready Badges for students
Fact: Pennsylvania is the first state in the U.S. to provide a solid framework for career education benchmarks and mandate its delivery for all students throughout K-12. While Future Ready PA Index is game-changing for championing relevant education in the classroom, many public and charter schools are looking for an effective, user-friendly system to help them comply with federal accountability requirements in 2019 and beyond.
Solution: Smart Futures has engaged with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to guide the development of SmartFutures.org, an online career planning and portfolio platform built specifically to help schools fully implement the Future Ready PA Index benchmarks into their classrooms. Unlike other off-the-shelf solutions, SmartFutures.org uses the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Career Education and Work as its curriculum blueprint.
Smart Futures consults regularly with the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to make sure the platform is aligned to fully support the goals of the Future Ready PA Index and to satisfy the Department's compliance and reporting requirements. To keep the curriculum vibrant and relevant, Smart Futures partners with Carnegie Mellon University and other local colleges and universities whose students participate in the ongoing development of its online activities.
To its subscribers, SmartFutures.org is an affordable, drop-in Future Ready (339/ESSA/I.D.E.A.) solution that provides a k-12 curriculum aligned to all 23 elements across the four strands of the Career Education and Work Standards that leads to artifact creation, data collection, student badging, and PIMS monitoring and reporting. The platform is currently being used by districts and charter schools across Pennsylvania through an annual subscription.
The Opportunity: It's not too late to generate substantial artifact evidence for the summer, 2019 reporting period.
SmartFutures.org has additional capacity to offer subscriptions to school districts and charter schools, particularly those in danger of not meeting this year's reporting benchmarks. Visit SmartFutures.org or contact David at dmosey@SmartFutures.org to schedule a virtual tour.
Be prepared for 2019 reporting --