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PAS 2019 National Dissemination Conference

October 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Join the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and Education Northwest for the first national dissemination conference of the Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) initiative. At the conference, you will learn from experienced practitioners about

~ extending Early Warning Systems to promote college and career success for all
~ providing better guidance and navigation supports to all students
~ creating effective collaborations between K12 and institutions of higher education to increase youth success
~ data systems that monitor progress and provide feedback in “real time” across educational institutions
~ fitting these components together to build a Pathway to Adult Success continuum in your community, district, or state

One hundred fifty practitioners, researchers, and policy advocates from more than 27 states, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Balfanz and Joanna H. Fox, spent three years developing the Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) vision and framework.

The PAS way of thinking combines great ideas and practical exemplars from around the country into a school-to-adult-success continuum with guideposts for actions.

Together we firmly believe that systems can and must be built to support all youth in the exciting process of developing the skills, knowledge, and outlooks they need to progress from childhood to adult success. This work continues from late elementary schooling through successful postsecondary education and/or training. It culminates in a family-supporting wage and quality of life.

~ Conference dates are October 22 (8:00am – 5:00pm) and October 23 (8:00am – 3:00pm)
~ Registration closes Oct. 11; all registration fees are underwritten through the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
~ The conference will feature plenary sessions, smaller interactive presentations, panels, and work sessions
~ Keynote/lead plenary speakers include national leaders and practitioners
~ A reception will offer networking opportunities
~ A student voice gallery “walk” will be featured throughout the conference
~ Breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day will be provided, along with all materials
~ Invited participants are encouraged to extend this invitation to colleagues and collaborators
~ Participants assume costs of hotel and travel to the conference, a hotel block has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore (rates guaranteed until Sept. 22, 2019).

Conference presenters and facilitators are education explorers who “walk the walk” of pushing boundaries to support youth. They are demonstrating that this work can be done and during the conference will share what they are learning, how to get started, and how to advance and extend PAS-like work already underway.

The Pathways to Adult Success conference is especially for you if you

~ are a grade 4 to 12 school, district, or state educator, counselor, or administrator;
~ represent a non-profit or community agency supporting youth; or
~ are engaged in higher education or post-secondary career training

— and if you are committed to helping youth succeed in the journey to adulthood.

That’s right – it’s all of us.

Integral to this work is the notion that the conversations and collaborations will continue after the conference ends, developing local, regional, and national networks of learning communities.


The two-day conference is organized around five PAS learning strands, each detailing a critical component of helping students progress from K-12 through postsecondary options to adult success.

You can either dive into one strand or mix and match across strands to access the knowledge and insights that correspond to your interests.

The strands are:

Using early warning systems to enable college and career success for all. Includes:

– Lessons learned from initial efforts to extend early warning systems to college readiness
– How local school districts are creating district-wide and teacher team structures to support the scaling and sustainability of early warning systems
– Pathways to Adult Success workgroup recommendations on best practices for creating EWS 2.0, based on the experience of early adopters of EWS for postsecondary readiness.

Guiding students towards post-secondary success. Includes:

– How one school district is using college students as high school mentors and tutors to build pathways to college success
– School and district efforts to provide good post-secondary guidance to all students
– How non-profit partners help building student capacity as self-navigators of their postsecondary success

Creating effective collaborations between K12, institutions of higher education, and workforce development partners. Includes:

– State, regional and local efforts to integrate the efforts of K-12, higher ed, and the workplace
– Intermediaries’ and non-profits’ work with school districts, higher education, and employers to help more students move from high school graduation to adult success

Using data systems that monitor progress towards adult success and provide feedback in “real time” across institutions. Includes:

– How to navigate the challenges of data sharing across sectors and institutions
– How to enable educators to use data to implement early warning systems, improve navigation supports, and engage in cross-sector collaborations

Fitting these components together to build a Pathway to Adult Success continuum in your community, district, or state. Includes:

– How a district and a regional collaboration are beginning to build Pathways to Adult Success
– How higher education institutions can redesign themselves and integrate efforts with K-12 partners to increase postsecondary success rates. How high school career and technical education and employers are working together to improve pathways to adult success

Follow this link to download a PDF of the agenda overview.


Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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