2.2 Multiple Pathways

Providing “multiple pathways” involves creating networks and infrastructures across learning contexts in order to connect youth to the tools and support they need to succeed on their own terms. Teens can follow many pathways through a network of resources, having the freedom to move from one context or topic to another at will.

What do multiple pathways look like?

  • Teens have access to a “kitchen” or “menu” of resources they can choose from to create their own projects
  • Learning occurs and creations are shared across contexts
  • Achievement is recognized through shareable products like badges or digital portfolios
  • Teens can connect projects and resources in whatever way fits their individual interests and goals

Pathway building in action: Chicago City of Learning

The Chicago City of Learning created pathways between local resources, opening up a city-wide network of learning opportunities.

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Chicago City of Learning

Self-Assessment: Multiple Pathways

How well do your youth services and programs incorporate the principle of multiple pathways?

Example Your Rating Points
Teens have access to a “kitchen” or “menu” of resources they can choose from to create their own projects 😃 😐 😱
Learning occurs and creations are shared across contexts 😃 😐 😱
Achievement is recognized through shareable products like badges or digital portfolios 😃 😐 😱
Teens can connect projects and resources in whatever way fits their individual interests and goals 😃 😐 😱
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