How to Use the Toolbox

Users will find the information, tools, resources, and strategies in the toolbox to be effective and practical. Our goal is to provide outreach professionals, guidance counselors, and other educators withinformation and tools that can be used to:

  • Support the development of action plans to immediately begin to increase college readiness for all students
  • Collect and analyze data in order to set new goals for student college readiness
  • Increase awareness about the needs of underserved students and open a dialog about what is possible for students
  • Challenge present belief systems and create urgency for change
  • Understand the process and steps that must be taken in order for sustainability and effective change to happen in a school or district
  • Leverage policy development to focus on preparing students for high paying jobs and postsecondary education

Organizing Structure

There are two navigation paths to follow when exploring the toolbox:

  1. The first involves four core concepts - Leading Change, Enhancing Expectations, Enhancing Achievement, and Enhancing Access - and the tools and resources that align with them. Users can mix and match tools and use those that best fit their needs. This is the content (the What) aspect of the Toolbox, i.e., the Expectations, Achievement, and Access best practice materials that are highly effective in creating a college-ready culture.
  2. The second navigation path includes the big picture of program implementation and change. The Pathways Implementation Model provides a roadmap for identifying desired changes, and a methodology for successfully implementing them. This is the process (the How) aspect of the Toolbox, i.e., it is a model (9 steps) that insures changes will be bought into and sustained. This information has been included to ensure user's do not perpetuate the typical 80-90% failure rate of major change initiatives. To keep this idea front and center when using the Toolbox, a description of where each tool fits in the implementation process is provided. This helps users keep the "big picture" in mind when planning a new initiative. Anytime you want to leave a tool and learn more about the Implementation Model, you can do so!

Adaptability

Educators and technical assistance providers are welcome to use the tools, and adapt them to their unique needs and school culture. The tools located in Enhancing Expectations, Achievement, and Access sections of the Toolbox are not in a formal order, although some have been sequenced and grouped together when reflecting a common theme.

Tool Descriptions

The following information is provided for each tool:

  • Overview
  • Purpose
  • When Best to Use
  • Length of the Activity
  • With Whom
  • Fit in the Implementation Model