White Paper: Career-Readiness Through Career-Connected PBL 

While preparing students for postsecondary success has long been a priority among educators, there's been an increased focus on career preparation in K-12. Almost every state has adopted rigorous college and career readiness standards and is looking at college and/or career readiness somewhere in its accountability systems.

This white paper explores the K-12 career readiness solutions that districts are implementing to help students explore careers, engage in career-connected learning opportunities, and build the critical skills they need to be successful in the future workforce. 

Featured Educators:

Aniska D.

Aniska Douglas

Executive Director or CTE, Grand Pairie ISD in Texas

Sharon James

Sharon James

Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma

john larmer

John Larmer

PBL Expert and Author

Kasie Roden

Kasie Roden

Director of STEM Education, Grand Prarie ISD in Texas




Success Stories



The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

Jay McTighe