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Title: Why Ford PAS


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Why Ford PAS?
  • The levels of readiness that high school
    graduates need to be prepared for college and for
    workforce training programs are comparable.
  • ACT (2006)

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Why Ford PAS?
  • Improving high schools requires the nation to
    redefine rigor to encompass not just mastery of
    core academic subjects, but also mastery of 21st
    century skills and content."
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2006)

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What Are the Goals of Ford PAS?
  • Short-Term
  • Improve students understanding of postsecondary
    and career opportunities in engineering,
    technology, business, and related fields
  • Improve students academic performance, mastery
    of 21st century skills, motivation to succeed,
    and commitment to lifelong learning

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What Are the Goals of Ford PAS?
  • Long-Term
  • Increase the number and diversity of students
    entering postsecondary education and careers in
    engineering, technology, business, and related
    fields

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What Is Ford PAS?
  • Curriculum
  • Partnerships
  • Technical Assistance/ Professional Development

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The Ford PAS Curriculum
  • Consists of
  • A 2 ½ -year series of electives beginning in 9th
    or 10th grade
  • 5 semester-long courses, 3 modules each
  • 15 modules, each 6 weeks long

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Ford PAS Curriculum Materials
  • Offered via
  • Print
  • Multimedia
  • Online

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Ford PAS Courses
  • Course 1 Building Foundations
  • From Concept to Consumer Building a Foundation
    in Problem-Solving
  • Media and Messages Building a Foundation of
    Communication Skills
  • People at Work Building a Foundation of Research
    Skills
  • Course 2 Adapting to Change
  • Careers, Companies, and Communities
  • Closing the Environmental Loop
  • Planning for Efficiency
  • Course 3 Managing and Marketing with Data
  • Planning for Business Success
  • Ensuring Quality
  • From Data to Knowledge
  • Course 4 Designing for Tomorrow
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Different by Design
  • Energy for the Future

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Elective Courses
  • Ford PAS curriculum taught as five semester-long
    courses

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Independent Modules
  • Modules that can be used to replace part of an
    academic course

Social Studies (U.S. History)
Engineering
Social Studies (Economics)
Science (Physics)
English Language Arts (Communications)
Mathematics (Statistics)
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Thematic Courses
  • Courses comprise several Ford PAS modules
    organized around a theme
  • Business and
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Modules 1, 2, 4, 7
  • Business and
  • Manufacturing
  • Modules 5, 6, 8
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Modules 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Economics
  • Modules 7, 13, 14

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Settings for Ford PAS
  • Small learning communities
  • Career academies
  • Career/technical education
  • Comprehensive academic high schools
  • After-school and summer programs
  • Introductory college courses
  • College credit may be offered to students who
    meet specified standards of performance

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The Ford PAS Curriculum
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The Ford PAS Curriculum
  • Challenging Academic Content
  • Rigorous Content
  • National Standards
  • Interdisciplinary

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The Ford PAS Curriculum
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

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21st Century Learning
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The Ford PAS Curriculum
  • 21st Century Pedagogy
  • Inquiry-based
  • Project-based
  • Real-world
  • Performance-based
  • Technology integration

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RELEVANCEStudents see connections between
subjects and real-world applications!
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The Ford PAS ProgramPartnerships
  • National
  • Regional
  • State
  • Community

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Ford PAS Partners
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community-based organizations
  • Industry/professional/educational organizations
  • State and local government agencies
  • School districts
  • Scholarship organizations

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Community PartnershipsBusiness/Education
Advisory Council (BEAC)
  • A BEAC is active at each Ford PAS school/program
    site or for each cluster of sites
  • The BEAC consists of representatives from local
    businesses and higher education, families, school
    administrators, and Ford PAS teachers and
    students
  • BEAC members enhance the curriculum by providing
    real-world experiences and opportunities

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Coordinated Learning Experiences (CLEs)
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Ford PAS Technical Assistance and Professional
Development
  • Goals
  • Provide support for program implementation
  • Create a broader learning community

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What Are We Learning?
  • Indicators of Success for Ford PAS Schools and
    Partners
  • New Professional Development Initiatives
  • New Ford PAS Curriculum Components

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Indicators of Ford PAS School Success
  • District and school administration support
  • Clear place for Ford PAS in schools
    program/curriculum
  • School culture that supports ongoing professional
    development
  • Implementation of essential elements of Ford PAS
  • Effective school site coordinator
  • Expectation that all students can succeed
  • Access to technology resources and support
  • Business, higher education, and community support
  • Participation in Ford PAS national community

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Indicators of Ford PAS Partner Success
  • Infrastructure to support schools/program sites
  • Mechanisms for accountability
  • Active participation in Ford PAS national
    community
  • Planning and implementation of steps to achieve
    sustainability

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Ford PAS Professional Development Institutes
  • Participants will
  • Engage in inquiry about the Ford PAS curriculum
    and instructional strategies
  • Explore pillars of Ford PAS in the context of
    Ford PAS module activities
  • Connect new ideas and approaches to their own
    contexts
  • Plan implementation of Ford PAS
  • Teach and learn from one another
  • Become part of a professional learning community

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Online Professional Development
  • 1. Teacher Blogs and Discussion Board
  • February topic Teamwork
  • May topic Project-Based Learning and Assessment
  • Sharing of teachers experienceswhats working
    and whats challenging exchange of ideas on
    effective classroom strategies building a
    national community of Ford PAS teachers
  • 2. Online Ford PAS Course Beginning 2007

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Ford PAS Innovation Sites
  • Laboratories for implementation of the Ford PAS
    curriculum
  • Venues for collaborative research
  • Models of exemplary practice
  • Avenues for disseminating professional
    understandings

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FordPAS ActivityACME Softdrink Company (Module 1)
  • Jigsaw Approach for Expert Teams
  • Finance
  • Production
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Reconfigure for Company Teams
  • Production Plans
  • Present and Defend Findings

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  • Questions
  • and
  • Concerns
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