Signal Success is a comprehensive curriculum designed and tested by education and workforce development partners to help young people develop essential skills for future success. Students receive systematic instruction in core soft skills while engaging in meaningful future planning.

The Signal Success Story

In 2012, the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-state agency in Massachusetts, set out to design a program to help teens develop skills to be successful at work and in their future careers. The resulting curriculum has grown from a short course to a comprehensive offering with adaptations for different program and participant needs. To date, in partnership with more than 50 organizations and schools, over 18,500 young people have used Signal Success to:

  • Learn how to show initiative at work
  • Develop strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Build habits that support dependability
  • Navigate online applications and interviews
  • And MUCH more.

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To learn if Signal Success is right for your students please email us at SignalSuccess@commcorp.org or connect via the Contact Us page

New and Noteworthy

Photo credit: Paul Hammersley, City of Malden

Malden High School demonstrated the Signal Success curriculum in action to guests Governor Charlie Baker, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II and Undersecretary & Chief Operating Officer of Education Ann Reale. The three witnessed how Signal Success incorporates various learning styles and real-world scenarios to teach dependability, collaboration, initiative and communication. Malden High School served as one of the pilot sites for the Signal Success curriculum. They expanded the program from the original 25 students to 300 this year because school officials found the curriculum so beneficial to students’ success.

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Latest Blog Entry

Collaborative Learning: The Art of Letting Go

July 08, 2016

by Allen Fowler

at desk 03I worried the most about the one table, four students – two with cognitive challenges, three with notable social anxiety, all marginalized for one reason or another in their experience of school. Mastering my anxiety when turning over control to students doesn’t come naturally to me.  And they were going to be working as group for the next three days of Signal Success career readiness training. By the end of the first day, however, I started to let go of my concerns. By the end of the third day, after fifteen hours of working around the table together, these youth showed me flashes of collaborative brilliance.  In reporting out, they respectfully offered those needing it a bit more time to articulate their thoughts, one youth visibly softened his demeanor as he stepped into a leadership role during a negotiation exercise, and, at one point or another, all four smiled at having an idea taken down, a suggestion implemented, or a contribution acknowledged.  Collaborative learning provides the space for real time development of the soft-skills essential to success in school, work, and life.  Here are some tips around letting go and capturing the results:

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