Agreement for Program Improvement
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE)
Schools and Colleges Affiliated with the NCRVE Network
The school or college agrees to:
- Offer at least one career-related learning sequence in which every
participating student has the opportunity to accomplish both of the following
- Achieve high academic standards and satisfy course requirements for
admission to postsecondary education, including four-year college or
- Gain strong understanding of and experience in all aspects of an industry
to prepare for rewarding employment and potential career advancement.
- Try to include in each career-related learning sequence a range of
students whose demographic characteristics and performance levels reflect the
composition of the whole school or college, and provide the services needed to
enable all participating students to achieve the objectives in (1).
- Recruit students into each career-related learning sequence on the basis
of students' own choice.
- Determine the effectiveness of the following practices in each
career-related learning sequence:
- Curriculum that integrates academic and vocational-technical subjects
through the study of a broad industry or career major;
- Student-centered instructional methods that link classroom studies to
work-based learning; and
- Explicit pathways that lead from high school to postsecondary education.
- Involve students, parents, faculty, and employers in decisions that
affect the program.
- Participate in periodic self assessment activities to document the
progress made, the type of difficulties encountered, and the course of future
- Share information with NCRVE at least once a year about the extent of
progress in implementing the practices in (2) through (5) and achieving the
student outcomes in (1), including results of activity-based assessments of
NCRVE is committed to providing assistance to Network schools in their
efforts to implement the Agreement for Program Improvement.
NCRVE agrees to provide:
- Communication: Talk with teams on a monthly basis to assess needs
and solicit input on Network events. Maintain and monitor an electronic
network with the participating teams. Provide updated information on
activities, research, funding sources, successful programs, and opportunities
for professional development. Promote activities of the Urban Schools Network
locally and nationally and report progress made at the individual sites. Help
teams market their programs to the community and the media.
- Professional Development: Conduct regional meetings or summer
institutes to exchange ideas across team sites, and enable teams to further
progress in the implementation of their plans.
- Technical assistance: Match sites with individuals (field
consultants, NCRVE staff, and Faculty Fellows) and resources to help teams in
the process of planning, implementation, and problem solving. Provide sites
with access to the program development guide: Getting to Work. Work
within the district and region to develop ongoing support. Assist teams in the
procurement of funds by providing letters of support, information pertaining to
sources of funding, and grant preparation help.
- Feedback: Provide opportunities for assessment of progress,
collection, and documentation of improvement. Offer suggestions, problem
solving, and troubleshooting. Synthesize evidence of progress across network
sites. Showcase the accomplishments of Network sites to community, state, and
- Funding: Actively seek additional sources of funding for the Urban
Schools Network. Additional support will be utilized to provide on-site
technical assistance to the network schools, and to assist team members in
attending NCRVE sponsored meetings and other professional development
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