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Policy Forum

Career Readiness Engagement Policy Forum Pillar I - Prioritizing Career Planning

Wednesday OCTOBER 13th, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

Efforts to increase career readiness are critical to improving post-secondary readiness—therefore career development activities should begin no later than middle school and require all students to develop and maintain a personal Career and Academic Plan that aligns career and life goals to academic, post-secondary, and career pathways. The following agenda is tentative and may be modified prior to the event.


3:00 p.m. - The Five Pillars for Creating High-Quality Career Development Systems

Leo Reddy, Chair, Coalition for Career Development Center

3:10 p.m. - Establishing Effective State Career Development Systems

When it comes to quality statewide career planning implementation policy and practice, all eyes are turning to the Kansas State Department of Education. The resources and guidance being produced as part of their Kansas Can strategy is creating cross-sector collaborations with industry and higher education and paving the way for all youth to graduate with the skills to enter both the world of work as well as postsecondary education and training programs.

The Coalition for Career Development Center is excited to invite you to a conversation with Natalie Clark who is their state director who is the Coordinator for their Individual Plan of Study (IPS) initiative. IPS is the Kansas title for what is nationally referred to as individualized learning plans and what the CCD Center refers to as Personalized Career and Academic Plans. Ms. Clark will provide an overview of the resources, supports, and cross-sector collaborations that supports schools adoption and effective implementation of IPS. We will start off with a student reflection on their experience with the IPS effort and hear from some special guests representing business and industry, philanthropic organizations, higher education, state departments to hear their thoughts on what they find exciting about the Kansas IPS effort.

  • Dr. Scott Solberg, Professor, Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development Boston University

  • Natalie Clark, Business Education Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education

  • Paul Perkins, CEO, Amatrol

  • Dr. Annette Parker, President, South Central College

  • Amanda Fitzgerald, Assistant Deputy Executive Director, American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

3:50 p.m. - Policy Challenges and Solutions: Federal, State, Private Sector

How can effective policy promote career development and readiness? This session

explores the challenges faced in the federal, state and private sectors, and innovative solutions to prepare the workforce for the careers of today and tomorrow. Listen to first-hand insights from policy experts and leaders in career development and learn about how policy can help make career readiness the first priority of the education system.

  • Ron Painter, CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

  • Amanda Winters, Program Manager, Postsecondary, National Governors Association

  • Julie Lammers, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, American Student Assistance

  • Orrin White, Director, College & Career Success, United Way Delaware

  • Lisa Schumacher, Director, Education Strategies, McDonald's Corporation

4:25 p.m. - Next Steps..How Do We Make This Happen?

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