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Thursday July 30, 2015
Supporting Second Chances
More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society. The Obama administration’s move to make federal Pell Grants available for some inmates to take college courses is an important step in the right direction. Finding a full-time job after serving time in prison is one of the primary predictors of successful reentry. And while most jobs at a fair living wage require...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth
Monday July 20, 2015
The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy’s recent report, Early College Designs: Achieving College- and Career-Readiness for all Massachusetts Students, profiles three Massachusetts school-college collaboratives, elaborating on the components of their programs and analyzing the costs. The brief makes a strong case that more early college high schools would greatly benefit the students of Massachusetts, as they have benefited the young people of 30 other states. Massachusetts is a national leader in education in many ways, yet the state has only a few early colleges. How can this...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, State-Local K-12 Policy
Wednesday July 8, 2015
Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate By Nick Chiles What would schools look like if they were designed around the needs of students? That’s the question that drives the work of Rebecca Wolfe, director of the Massachusetts-based Students at the Center project, part of the nonprofit Jobs For the Future. Called “personalized learning,” the idea sounds simple: Let the students dictate the direction and pace of instruction. Its adherents claim that not only will student outcomes improve, but point to research that shows it works particularly well for students of...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Tuesday June 30, 2015
Connections between the workforce and federal assistance programs at the state and local levels have not always been strong. However, that’s about to change as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In WIOA, Congress took a step that had been discussed within the beltway for almost a decade by requiring that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) become a mandatory partner in the workforce system (unless a governor decides to exclude TANF). This new requirement is a great step forward in many ways: Lays the groundwork for system-level coordination, resulting in an...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Tuesday June 30, 2015
Beyond Financial Aid: Six Strategies for Supporting Low-Income College Students
According to The Lumina Foundation, nearly one-third of American undergraduate students receive federal Pell grants, yet many do not complete their postsecondary degree because of financial challenges. Lumina recently released a guidebook, Beyond Financial Aid, for college administrators to improve financial aid and completion success for low-income students. Authored by our friends and partners at the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, Priyadarshini Chaplot, Darla M. Cooper, Rob Johnstone, and Kelley Karandjeff, the guidebook details six crucial strategies and emphasizes promising...
Tags: Adult Basic Education