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 and 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.

For more information on why we have decided to document New Pathways, you can read more in this introduction post, Why Are New Pathways Essential?

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.

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.

Green Pathways Publication

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.

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