The #NewPathways campaign is a road map for American schools, where every learner, regardless of zip code, is on a pathway to productive citizenship, high wage employment, economic mobility, and a purpose-driven life. It will also explore and guide leaders on the big advances of this decade — how access is expanded and personalized, how learning can be guided and supported, and how new capabilities are captured and communicated. When well implemented, these advances will unlock opportunities for all and narrow the equity gap. 

You can engage with this ongoing campaign using #NewPathways or submit contributions to Editor using the writing submission form.

New Pathways Handbook

Over the last few years, we’ve shared hundreds of pathways stories through our blog, podcast, and various publications. To synthesize these key learnings, we compiled the New Pathways Handbook, a great jumping-off point to our numerous resources and launchpad for getting started with pathways.

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Experiencing Success In What’s Next: The Six Pillars

On this Getting Smart Town Hall, we covered the six pillars of New Pathways, overviewing what they mean, why they are important and invited our friends at ASA to contribute their thoughts on the subject.

New Pathways: Personalized Journeys for All Learners

On this Getting Smart Town Hall, we highlighted some exceptional examples of Pathways work and invited some guests on to share some of their successes in advisory, pathways curriculum and more.


Health Science Pathways

The health sciences are one of the largest drivers of the economy and offer some of the most exponential growth opportunities. This guide highlights the emerging opportunities in the sector, leading exemplars and more.

The Portrait Model

A “Portrait” framework helps leaders implement a new collective re-design vision. This publication highlights the “how” and the “why” of five interconnected and dynamic portraits: the Portrait of a Learner, the Portrait of a System, the Portrait of a Leader, the Portrait of an Educator and a Self-Portrait.

Support & Guidance

With Support and Guidance, strong advisory systems build purpose, help learners explore careers, build their social capital and skyrockets their potential. Strong Support and Guidance systems are critical for learners to increase their agency and sense of belonging. This publication highlights models and exemplars of robust advisory.

Unbundled Learning

With Unbundled Learning, learners don’t need permission to have equitable experiences. Unbundled Learning removes all the barriers and allows learning to happen at school, after school, with industry partners and anywhere a learner can imagine. Unbundled Learning is the foundation for which new learning models are built, learners are supported and systems are scaled.

Credentialed Learning

With Credentialed Learning, students have ownership of creating their academic selves, determine where they’re headed  and with whom they share their journey.  Credentialed Learning allows students to carry digital credentials and learning records with them everywhere they go so they are always ready for every opportunity.

Green Pathways

Over the last few years, climate change and massive funding support has created new and immense demand for rapid infrastructure building and greening our economy. This publication focuses on identifying the many opportunities for developing a purpose-driven and skillful workforce via Green Pathways.

The goal of Green Pathways is to generate quality jobs, which will happen through the introduction and nurturing of green skills. These skills include, but are not limited to, climate literacy, project-based learning and clean energy pathways.

Six Pillars

Unbundled Learning

How might we create an ecosystem where learning doesn’t just happen at school?

Credentialed Learning

How might we rethink the ways students show their genius?

Accelerated Pathways

How might we connect learners to the future of work and learning?

New Learning Models

How might we combine accelerated skill development with project-based and work-based learning?

Support & Guidance

How might we create safe places that equip learners to fully express themselves with confidence?

Policies & Systems

How might pathway options be supported by systems to create a strong foundation for new and equitable learning models?

Design Principles

Design Principle - Intentional


Every learner has a right to an intentional journey and pathway.


Every learner has the right to access powerful learning experiences that work for them.


Every learner has the right to curate their own learning experience through design, authorship and ownership.


Every learner has a right to find purpose and impact in their learning journey.