Innovative thinking in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland recognizes the value of high school students getting real-world work experience to help them prepare for the future. The two-year-old program gives high school seniors the opportunity to continue their studies while giving them a taste of the job market.
When Duane Arbogast, Ed.D., chief of strategy and innovation with The Children’s Guild, approached Jack Smith, Ph.D., the MCPS superintendent, about TranZed Academy for Working Students (TAWS), Smith did not require a lot of convincing.
“I thought it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to reach students who I don’t think are reached very well by the public education, traditional high school experience,” says Smith.
Launched in 2018, TAWS allows high school seniors to take academic classes for part of the school day, allowing them the remainder of the day to go to a job.”
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