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Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports state CTE leadership to advance high-quality and equitable CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career and college success without limits for each learner.
Role in Launch:
Advance CTE leads the Visibility Lane of Launch, helping to create common language around equity in college and career pathways and to draw state and national attention to the process, efforts, and outcomes of the initiative. In addition to leading the Visibility Lane, staff of Advance CTE will serve as coaches for state teams within the Impact and Innovation Cohorts. With our commitment to improving equity and accessibility for all learners, we are excited to be working with members of the initiative to help create next-generation pathways systems and solutions through an equity lens.
-Kate Kreamer, Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE
Education Strategy Group
Education Strategy Group (ESG) works with America’s education, business, and civic leaders to expand economic opportunity and mobility by increasing educational attainment. We are driven by the conviction that a robust education system aligned with workforce demands leads to a stronger, more equitable society. ESG specializes in strengthening the transition points that have the highest stakes for youth and adults and the highest benefit for states, communities, and economies. We work across sectors to move the needle on issues that are critical to improving student success and advancing equity.
Role in Launch:
ESG serves as the initiative manager for Launch, providing an overarching project management and governance structure and liaising between national partner organizations and funders in support of the varying lanes of work. In addition, ESG leads the Impact Cohort, which includes supporting cohort states in conducting their needs assessment and equity analysis activities, providing site coaching and technical assistance, developing academy content and structures and more. The ESG team also supports the Innovation, Convenings and Visibility lanes of work.
-Matt Gandal, President & CEO, Education Strategy Group
ExcelinEd supports state leaders in transforming education to unlock opportunity and lifelong success for each and every child. Focused on quality, innovation and opportunity—both within and outside the traditional system—ExcelinEd advances a broad range of student-centered policy solutions to increase student learning, eliminate inequities and ready all graduates for college and career.
Role in Launch:
ExcelinEd is excited to be participating in Launch with fellow national partners and site teams to support the enhancement and development of high-quality college and career pathways. ExcelinEd looks forward to participating in all areas of the initiative including leadership, impact site coaching, supporting innovation and visibility work and leading the convenings lane.
-Patricia Levesque, Chief Executive Officer, ExcelinEd
Jobs for the Future
- Create worker and learner opportunity. Despite our best efforts, economic inequity continues to plague our society, with widening access, outcomes, and wealth gaps affecting millions of people.
- Reimagine education and career navigation. The vast world of education and training options is increasingly difficult for learners to understand and navigate.
- Ensure program quality and efficacy. With myriad new education and training providers emerging, people lack the objective information they need to assess which programs will help them meet their goals.
- Integrate work and learning. Prevailing models are disconnected and ill-equipped to prepare workers for our rapidly changing economy and meet employer needs.
- Build strong regional economies. Inadequate education and workforce systems, isolated from regional economic strategies and innovative national approaches, hamper regional growth and development.
Role in Launch:JFF leads the Innovation Cohort for Launch including overseeing the process to identify and design next-generation systems-level solutions and innovative strategies to address persistent barriers to equitable access and outcomes in college and career pathways, as well as coaching and technical assistance for site teams. In addition, JFF subject matter experts will provide coaching to sites in the Impact Cohort and support Launch’s Convening and Visibility lanes of work to provide high-quality in-person and virtual events and the development of public goods beneficial to the broader field.
-Joel Vargas, Ed.D., JFF Vice President, Education
Role in Launch:New America will support the Visibility and Impact Cohorts, while also providing strategic input to guide the initiative as a whole.
-Taylor White, Director, Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship & Postsecondary Pathways for Youth, New America