Dr. Joan

/Joan Arbisi Little

About Joan Arbisi Little

Joan Arbisi Little surrounds herself with art, children and civic work. After careers in graphic design and small business, Joan became an educator to pursue her love of teaching and learning. Her career as an educator spans 29 years as a teacher, program director, and administrator in district, charter and private schools. She is licensed by the state of Minnesota as a K-12 Administrator and K-6 Teacher. She has experience teaching inventing and science fair at the elementary and middle school levels, and change leadership at the graduate level. As an educator, Joan promotes experiential and project based learning, and assessments that include portfolio, standard-based, qualitative and narrative methodology. An experienced project manager and evaluator, Joan provides technical support to urban and outstate business and community leaders. Joan is a Professor of Practice faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul in the principal and superintendent licensure program where she serves on dissertation committees for Concordia’s Doctorate of Education candidates. As the executive director at Career Pathways public charter secondary school, Joan supports a diverse and creative teacher-led staff, who serve urban youth preparing for college and career. Joan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Design and the University of St. Thomas School of Education. joan@cpathmn.org

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow


Join us in welcoming Ms. Cristina, our AmeriCorps Promise Fellow.  Cristina assists students with Attendance, Behavior, and Course completion.  If you would like to know more about Cristina, her bio is included below.  If you would like to know more about the AmeriCorps program and becoming a Promise Fellow, follow this link. Hello, My name

Career Assesmblies


Our monthly Career Assemblies inspire students and reassure them that dreams do come true.  Read about our January assembly in our Community Update.

Community Service


Community Service is a requirement for all of our students each year.  This requirement is not only a part of our contract with The Guild, our authorizer, but it is also an important part of our career exploration goals and curriculum.

Three Community Leaders


Our part time educational assistant Ms. Shauna Mahoney spoke about NURSING career options and the variety of jobs available with a nursing degree.  She spoke about her associates degree and how she is working on getting her bachelor's degree.  Students asked about pay and if, as a nurse she can work with kids. Our friend Greg Renne from the

Building Community / Exploring Careers


On Friday 10/4 we hosted speakers at our Career Assembly who shared personal stories that included incarceration, duty, and creativity. Thank you Ms. Larue, Mr. Garnier, and Mr. Garcia. You not only talked about your work in Human Resources, Social Work, and Mechanical Engineering, you also talked about the arts, peace making and social justice.

Update Includes School Improvement Plan


Please read our September Community News and review our 3 School Improvement Strategies at this LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y5yvjjec

Watch our Innovation Award Video


Follow this link https://youtu.be/ETo45XjW9bI The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools made this video about our school after we won the Innovation Award.

Transportation Information and the 19-20 School Calendar


Families will be receiving transportation information based on where they live. If you live in St. Paul, the district will be contacting you. Parents can call 651-696-9600 for updates. If you live in North or Northeast MPLS, CSTMN Transportation Co. will be contacting you. Parents can call 612-808-8868 for updates. Follow the prompts on the

Ice Cream Social


Please join Career Pathways School Community for an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 6th from 5 to 7pm ~ National Night Out!  Free ice cream treats for Career Pathways families and friends! All are welcome!

Graduation 2019


Follow this LINK to view, share and download photos from our graduation celebration on June 15, 2019.

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