So, I have been trying to workout the DTech pathway flow for students from 9th grade through 12th grade. This process is tricky because you have to deal with a lot of logistical problems / questions. For example, our school is around 1000 students, so we don't have a lot of breathing room when it comes to courses offered in each particular grade.
In 9th and 10th grade the students have little room in their schedules to take extra electives, so the DTech courses must either be during an existing class or an advisory period and lunch. For 9th graders, the pathway course will probably be the computer class called "education in the digital age" (EDA). For 10th graders, the pathway course will happen during FIRE (advisory period) and blend into lunch. The 11th and 12th graders have more flexibility with electives, so these classes will be easier to fit into a schedule.
Another logistical piece to this puzzle is figuring out how to match up official CDE pathway courses with the plan for DTech at Foothill Technology High School. DTech will actually have two strands in the pathway: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Software and Systems Development. Students need to take at least three courses in each of these strands (one or the other) to be considered graduates of the pathway. Grants tied to the pathway also require at least three courses, which makes sense--a pathway implies multiple steps and an evolution of skills.
The next step for the teacher team at Foothill is to see how we can modify existing courses to fit the official CDE requirements. Looking at the courses we offer, it seems like this step actually won't be as difficult as I originally thought. We already offer courses that are nearly identical to the CDE course descriptions. For example, The graphic design elective already offered matches two CDE courses: graphic communication and computer graphic and media technologies.
The 12th grade course might be a little tricky because one of the goals of the pathway is to get students to get involved with internships. I will have to reach out to community members to see how we can build this requirement into the program.
I have been mapping out our pathway options on an app on my iPad called "Paper." This app is an excellent tool for sketching, mind mapping, or designing. Many of the things posted on this site use the Paper app. You should download it.