From Nov. 6-10, Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Asia Society and University of Colorado-Denver are bringing together leaders and institutions from around the world to tackle one of the most critical education challenges today: how to educate all students for employability and citizenship in a global era.
The symposium, initiative of the Global Cities Education Network (CGEN), will highlight DPS’ approach to college and career readiness and its focus on redesigning the high school experience. “It also presents an exciting opportunity for us to learn about other practices worldwide that can support our students in Denver,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Participating cities include Denver, Hangzhou, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Houston, Lexington, Melbourne, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore and Toronto.
Denver is on the forefront of rethinking education with innovative and collaborative approaches to college and career readiness, and will be only the second U.S. city to host a GCEN conference. Seven countries will be present at the conference, where the following DPS leadership team members will share perspectives on preparing students for college and career success:
At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Boasberg will serve on a panel titled “Building a Pipeline to Success: Ensuring Students are College and Career Ready,” which will explore how school districts and communities around the world are developing multiple, versatile pathways for students to allow flexible opportunities for work and lifelong learning. The public is invited to attend and can register for the event here. Other panelists include:
The conference serves as an opportunity for international leaders in education and economic growth strategies to unite and discuss challenges with emerging solutions.
Through a partnership with CareerWise Colorado, DPS is in its pilot year of the CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship Program, a model based on the highly-successful Swiss apprenticeship system. In the apprenticeship program, students spend two-three days per week with employers and have the opportunity to simultaneously earn their high school diploma, free college credit and an industry certificate.
DPS is also expanding concurrent enrollment through the early college model, which allows students to earn 60 college credit hours for free — the equivalent of an associate’s degree — by the time they graduate from high school. Early college is a proven strategy to close the opportunity gap and was developed with the most underrepresented students in higher education in mind. First-generation college students, low-income students, students of color and English language learners benefit from the program, as it provides an intentional pathway toward a college degree for all students.
With the growth in Colorado’s economy, transformative programs like the CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship Program and early college help break down financial barriers, provide permeable pathways for all students, and create a highly-skilled and educated workforce that meets the complex demands of Colorado companies.
For more information about the symposium and forum, read the official GCEN press release.