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Our Mission:

The Minds that Move Us initiative is a challenge to communities to design innovative education and training models that create social equity and economic mobility, driven by the market demands of business and industry as well as the needs of youth and adult learners.

Minds That Move Us ToolKit:

The MTMU Toolkit: A Collection of Place-Based Solutions for Future Adult Career Pathways Models is now available! It highlights the innovations of the 10 teams who participated in the Adult Career Pathways Design Challenge and discusses three essential principles for their success—Being Adaptable, Removing Barriers, and Maximizing Potential. The toolkit also details policy opportunities and tangible next steps to create or iterate on current adult career pathways models that close gaps and create greater mobility for low-income adults.  

Upcoming Webinar:

Celebration of Innovation Success in Adult Career Pathways

Wednesday, Jan 27
2:00pm EST

Please join in celebrating the culmination of the Minds that Move Us (MTMU) Adult Career Pathways Design Challenge!

Launched in 2018, the challenge focused on the creation of bold, sustainable career pathways approaches for low-income adults (aged 26+) for a chance to win $100,000 in prize money.

Over 115 teams applied from around the country and were narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists that pitched their diverse concepts to a panel of experts judges and live audience. Now it is time to bid farewell and celebrate the teams’ rich and timely lessons learned, which are shared in the MTMU Toolkit: A Collection of Place-Based Solutions for Future Adult Career Pathways Models.

During this engaging discussion, you will hear from the teams that participated in the challenge and the project’s key partners—IEL, COABE, and NASDAE—as they discuss how to use the toolkit’s key principles of being adaptable, removing barriers, and maximizing potential to innovate within adult career pathways, even during a pandemic. You will also hear from adult education practitioners who are using the principles to address barriers to online learning, equity inclusion, and other issues exacerbated by COVID-19.


With a unique blend of leadership experience in education, real estate and banking, Alicia Bolton brings a passion for building equitable solutions that drive impact for youth and adult learners. She oversees the Minds that Move Us Adult Career Pathway Design Challenge at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). Through this challenge, ten cross-sector teams from around the country were selected to design innovative career pathway programs for low-income adults who need postsecondary education and industry skills to start and/or advance in a career. Prior to joining IEL, Ms. Bolton served at the district level, as the Director of Career Education for D.C. Public Schools, and at the national level, as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education. Ms. Bolton is a thoughtful leader with a track record of successfully managing complex projects and budgets, designing older youth and adult career programming, leading and developing people, and strategically partnering with stakeholders to advance innovative and equity-driven solutions that create mobility for learners in under-resourced communities.

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