By Liz Dupont Diehl

Design Thinking: JAG’s Strength and Effectiveness

“My support for JAG is also that it is not an adjunct program; it is really built into the school day.

“The strength of this program… is designing backwards from what we want graduates to look like in the end. Working with industry the message is consistently same: They want graduates that think and can problem solve and have the habits of mind to be part of an organization. The JAG Program, and schools that have that focus built in as part of their day, are better able to achieve this. The JAG program really focuses on teaching explicitly those soft skills and what we call habits of mind . You don’t always find that in conventional education.”

~Steve Pynn. JAG CT Advisory Board member

“Having been in education for a long time, I have never had a role like this, and it’s very rewarding.”

~Justine Meyer, Lead JAG CT and Manchester High Specialist

Excerpts from MetroHartford Alliance’s Pulse of the Region, November 21, 2015

By Liz Dupont Diehl

About JAG

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping nearly a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.