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Multiple Pathways: Dropout Prevention Framework



Pathways provide students with clearly defined opportunities to customize their education to meet their unique needs and circumstances and gain real-world knowledge, skills, and experiences leading to high school and postsecondary success.  

Pathways are structured academic and work-based learning opportunities that increase the relevance and alignment of learning experiences to student interests and postsecondary education and workforce skills and goals by providing targeted and personalized instructional and learning programs. This can and should include pathways for students who are missing previous learning and need a pathway to postsecondary options. Developing multiple pathways requires programs, schools, or systems that are tailored to student interest, postsecondary education and workforce opportunity, and community need. Pathways are intended to increase opportunities for success by providing students with options and increase agency in their own learning through rigorous, relevant, and supportive approaches to learning. 

Pathway programs in Colorado include within course and school based course design as well as more formal opportunities such as: Career and Technical Education (courses and certifications); Work-based Learning (job opportunities and work training); Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program (blend of in-person, off-campus, or outside of the classroom opportunities); Concurrent Enrollment; Early College High School; Colorado P-TECH; Online and Blended Learning; and Alternative Education programs or schools.

Full Documents

  • Overview: This document provides a more detailed overview of Multiple Pathways strategy. 
  • Dropout Prevention Framework: This document includes the full framework, with foundational practices, prioritized strategies, and research citations. 
  • Research: This document provides links and titles of research that has informed the Counseling for the whole child strategy in the dropout prevention framework. 

Funding Opportunities

There are multiple competitive grants, among other funding sources that can be used to support the implementation of the technical and human resources of Early Warning and On-Track systems. 

  • Career Development Incentive Program: This grant is intended to help school and district leaders increase student and family access to awareness of and engagement in high-demand and low-supply industry credentials and opportunities. 
  • Concurrent Enrollment Expansion and Innovation Grant: This grant is intended to help local education providers and institutions of higher education to expand and develop innovative concurrent enrollment opportunities. 
  • School Counselor Corps Grant: The goal of this grant is to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling and support work-based learning awareness, education, and opportunities. 
  • Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI): This grant is focused on funds for school improvement. Early Warning/On-track systems are an evidence-based practice that can be used as part of an implementation plan. 

Implementation Spotlight

This section will be updated during the 2023-24 school year.