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Leveraging Federal Legislation and Data to Build an Education-to-Workforce Pipeline
The places where individuals live and learn dramatically affect their opportunities and life outcomes, including access to a high-quality education, workforce training, and employment. Researchers Susan Bowles Therriault and Trent Sharp of the American Institutes for Research argue that state leaders must pay attention to the effects of geography as they develop policies to build the education-to-workforce pipeline. By using geographic information systems, policymakers can gain a fuller picture of how education and workforce sectors converge so that they can develop a more coherent, efficient, and equitable system of career readiness to address the needs of all students.

Join NASBE’s webinar on September 24, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (ET), as Therriault and Sharp discuss the opportunities for policymaking in career and technical education that arise from Perkins V, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how states are using geographic data and other tools to help make cross-agency connections and engage diverse stakeholders in strengthening the education-to-workforce pipeline. Natalie Clark from the Kansas State Department of Education will share her state’s unique experience using such strategies.

Sep 24, 2019 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Bowles Therriault
Director, College and Career Readiness and Success Center @American Institutes for Research
Susan Bowles Therriault is a managing researcher at the American Institutes for Research and directs the federally funded College and Career Readiness and Success Center. For over 20 years, she has led and conducted research on state and federal efforts to build the capacity of high-need districts and schools to improve outcomes and increase opportunity for students. She is a member of the Massachusetts Conditions of Education Task Force. She also served as a member-at-large of the Massachusetts School and District Accountability and Support Advisory Board and on her local school board.
Trent Sharp
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant @American Institutes for Research
Trent Sharp is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. His primary responsibilities include supporting systemic improvement through spatial analysis, cross-functional teaming and project alignment, sustainable design, need-finding, facilitation, and coaching. He currently leads projects serving multiple state education agencies who are applying geospatial analysis as a centerpiece to systems alignment and intra-agency collaboration.
Natalie Clark
Education Program Consultant @Kansas State Department of Education
Natalie Clark is an Education Program Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education in the areas of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Marketing. Natalie works with the Career, Standards, and Assessment Services Team and is a member of the IPS (Individual Plan of Study) Team that includes Work-Based Learning. Natalie’s high school classroom experience includes Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Instructor, Yearbook Advisor, Pathway Teacher in the areas of Marketing Management and Hospitality and Tourism. Former Certified Municipal Clerk. Natalie received a B.S. in Secondary Education, Business and Computer Studies, from Kansas State University and a M.S. in Business Education from Emporia State University.