The Plan Ahead College and Career Readiness Curriculum
In the fall of 2010, GAP Inc. and the Pearson Foundation together released Plan Ahead, a new mandatory curriculum for students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). This 18-week course was introduced initially in 13 of the 17 San Francisco schools this fall, and is expected to serve 4,500 students annually.
Plan Ahead’s innovative five unit, 13-lesson curriculum focuses on Skills Inventories and Career Exploration, Graduation Requirements, 21st Century Skills, Workplace Readiness and Financial Literacy. Students explore questions about themselves, identify their own strengths and interests, and begin to shape their career aspirations. During the school year, the program is taught by SFUSD teachers and supported by school counselors. In advance of the academic year, Plan Ahead teachers receive training from the Pearson Foundation that encourages practical approaches to integrating interactive and innovative curriculum elements into their classrooms.
Plan Ahead informs students about the recently adopted A-G requirements, the high school courses that are mandatory for acceptance at University of California and California State University schools. The program also aligns with the SFUSD’s goal to focus on college and career readiness and provide students with the information and tools they need to map out their high school experience based on their future aspirations.
While developing the curriculum, the GAP Inc. and the Pearson Foundation worked together with the San Francisco-based Hirsch & Associates to enlist the guidance of local education-leaders and innovators – including Bay-Area instructional designers, SFUSD teachers and student-services support staff, and community- based organizations focused on helping youth become college and career ready. These efforts continue to be supported by teacher, student, and district leadership input through ongoing revisions and upates to Plan Ahead.
For more information about Plan Ahead, please visit www.whatsyourplana.com.