P-TECH CP Model - Before the Session

In preparation for the P-TECH CP Session, several processes need to take place.  These processes include:  client interview, invitation, session confirmation, and creating the Design Board.

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The interview is the first in a series of conversations that create and edit the Design to its final version. The interview allows the client (in this case the client is Dallas ISD) to explain the problem they are attempting to resolve and why it is necessary to address.

The problem presented by the P-TECH model for DISD was how to coordinate dozens of Industry Partners across multiple locations while ensuring consistency and encouraging individuality. The interview between DISD and Dallas College revealed that a working document that captured an industry partner’s ideas for P-TECH program engagement and outcomes, phased implementation, and measurements of success would provide an equitable baseline from which collaborative efforts could begin.

The email invitation to the participants usually comes from the client (the ISD or P-TECH school) to the industry participants and college and ISD partner observers.  The clarity of the message is critical for the preparation of the attendees and flow of the session.  Components include advance notice, day/time, length, location with clear instructions on wayfinding and parking.  Within the message, a brief statement of purpose of the session, intended outcomes, description of the Compression Planning® process (what to expect), a quick background on the P-TECH program and those pathways for the school or schools, and a tone of excitement to set the stage.  It is recommended that the CP Design itself not be shared in advance of the session.  The dynamics and spontaneous idea generation are key to a successful session.  It is better if the participants are not over-prepared and ready to present preconceived ideas.  Attachments may include the P-TECH career pathway, a CP brochure, map of the building.

In a follow up to the invitation, it is also important to request that the industry partner representative send the “participant list,” of the names and contact information for all those who will be attending. This allows the CP team to create welcoming name tents in advance.  Also, if the session is to be held at the industry location, information about the meeting space, logistics and contact person is critical for the CP team who will need to come early and set up to prepare a welcoming space for all attendees.


Creating the Design Board

A detailed overview of the Compression Planning® design board.


Design Board Components

Topic Card

The P-Tech Compression Planning® Design begins with the Topic card. The Topic card states the subject of the session. Exploring Partnership Potential with the Dallas Regional Chamber and the P-TECH Programs with Hillcrest and Roosevelt Early College High Schools. The industry partner and school name are included and changed for each session to reflect the partnership.

Industry partner participants receive pre-read materials that share basic information about the P-TECH program and Compression Planning® session.

The Background included in the design reiterates highlights from the pre-read information and frequently asked questions.

The Overall Purpose

The Overall Purpose is “To explore how [Industry Partner] could strategically engage with P-TECH High School over the next 6 years.” The statement creates a large pool of possibilities with little restrictions and allows each partner to explore the same mission through their own unique vision.

The Purposes of this Session

The Purposes of this Session: to identify the potential outcomes of this partnership, to explore options for [Industry Partner] engagement in phases of the P-TECH Early High School, to identify measures of success. They are the focus of the initial exploration session for all P-TECH Industry Partner sessions and guide the session Headers.

The Non-Purposes of the Session

The Non-Purposes of the Session define prohibited behaviors and mindsets, as well as critical planning next steps. By stating them as Non-Purposes of the Session, facilitators can explain how the session information will be used and how the next steps will be coordinated and communicated.

The Headers

The Headers are questions based on each Purpose of the Session. The purpose of the headers is to elicit the ideas and information needed for the Industry Partners to begin to coordinate their ideas and intentions with DISD P-TECH staff. The Headers also ensure that DISD, Dallas College, and Industry Partners do not miss the opportunity to engage school staff, parents, and the community, in addition to the students.