Research suggests three factors are critical in preparing young people for postsecondary success: learning competencies, an integrated identity, and agency.
The Drivers of Postsecondary Readiness Toolkit can help communities better understand these factors and the range of practices a school could use to support them. The toolkit explains each practice with a short overview, highlights additional research on the importance of the practice for postsecondary readiness, and then provides some examples of how various schools are engaged in the practice as well as resources to help schools get started with it.
The Chi-Rise Postsecondary Preparation Blueprint articulates a detailed vision for high school postsecondary programs that prepare Chicago’s high school students for a successful transition to college and careers. This blueprint is a living document where the Chi-Rise community will capture its evolving ideas and model as it develops.
Transcend partnered with Crown Family Philanthropies and five Chicago Public High Schools to redesign learning experiences focused on these factors. School teams learned about tangible practices which build towards the factors and made design decisions resulting in a school model.