Strategy Spotlights: Highlights from the Invest Forward Convening

In July 2022, Invest Forward held a convening in Nashville, Tennessee, bringing together leaders from 25 large districts from across the country to share ideas, learn from one another, and prioritize stimulus funding to support postsecondary pathway programs in their schools. Many of these leading schools and districts have made important investments in strengthening and expanding their efforts to support students’ ability to obtain the training and credentials necessary to be successful beyond high school.

Coming out of the convening, we are pleased to share eight new strategy snapshots highlighting the work of different districts and ways in which these ideas can be replicated by others across the country.


9th Grade On-Track

Chicago Public Schools and Fort Worth Independent School District shared their efforts to focus on 9th grade student success.

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Increasing Equitable Access and Success in Dual Credit

Leaders from Phoenix Union High School District discussed their work to expand equitable student access to and success in dual credit opportunities.

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Using Data to Support Postsecondary Preparation

Hamilton County Schools described ways in which they have made strategic use of data to increase student participation in Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs).

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Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Leaders from Illinois, Vienna School District 133, and Metro Nashville Public Schools have made investments in expanding work-based learning opportunities for their students.

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Expanding Postsecondary Advising

Baltimore City Public Schools has made strategic investments in a multifaceted advising strategy to support students in their transitions from high school into postsecondary education and training.

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High-Impact Academic Tutoring

Guilford County Schools is leveraging stimulus funds to provide students with access to high-impact tutoring services to counter the effects of the pandemic.

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Scaling High-Quality Career Pathways

Denver Public Schools has been a leader in efforts to build and expand high-quality career pathways for its students, using stimulus funds as an accelerator.

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Bridging Student Transitions

Leaders from Chicago Public Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools discussed their efforts to invest stimulus funds in ways that bridge student transitions into and out of high school.

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