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Friday February 27, 2015
While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the Center's Deeper Learning Research Series)—career readiness deserves serious...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education
Thursday February 26, 2015
Students at work in a lab
Like all Social Innovation Fund (SIF) aspirants, my team at Jobs for the Future (JFF) and our partners at the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund were thrilled to learn in the summer of 2014 that we would receive an award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to build pathways to credentials for opportunity youth. We had thought long and hard about applying, knowing—as a prior recipient of Social Innovation Fund resources in 2010 for JFF’s National Fund for Workforce Solutions—how much is involved in rolling out a SIF initiative. We decided to apply because we...
Tags: Opportunity Youth
Wednesday February 25, 2015
If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now imagine this: by the time you're 15, you have already done a lot of research to see what kind of a career might interest you. You visited an advanced...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Tuesday February 24, 2015
By guest
This post is authored by Peter Levine, the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts University, and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the deputy director of CIRCLE. Last month, Arizona and North Dakota became the first two states to require high school students to take and—if they wish to graduate—exceed a cut-off score on the civics test that the federal government administers to individuals seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens. At last count, similar laws are pending in fourteen other state legislatures. Proponents argue that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Friday February 20, 2015
Community colleges are the hot topic of the moment. President Obama's recent pledge to make community college tuition free is generating most of the buzz, but there has also been a wave of articles about the impact and value of community colleges on people's lives, including one by Tom Hanks who declared that Chabot College, his community college alma mater, "Made me what I am today." At Jobs for the Future, we work with community colleges and their state-level partners on improving student success. Community colleges can be a terrific source of opportunity for an affordable education that...