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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Wednesday August 24, 2016
Students and teacher in a discussion
Originally posted in Education Week on July 25, 2016. Earlier this year, Grover "Russ" Whitehurst wrote a lengthy critique, featured on the Brookings Institution's site, of the ways in which the teaching and assessment of "soft skills" have begun to play out in K-12 education. It's a provocative piece, and if you haven't seen it yet, then you might want to add it to your Deeper Learning/back-to-school reading list. As the Bush-era director of the Institute of Education Sciences and chief architect of the What Works Clearinghouse, Whitehurst is well-known for taking a hardline stance on what...
Tags: Deeper Learning, ESSA, Student-Centered Learning
Thursday August 18, 2016
By guest
By Erica Brien The Realities of Reentry is a blog series exploring key aspects of reentry. The societal, individual, and community costs of a growing prison population are starting to receive national attention. As the field of workforce development tailors educational and vocational models to meet the needs of those reentering communities, research indicates that gender-informed approaches ensure programs work for women as well as men. Incarceration and Transition: Women’s Experiences The incarceration rate among women has been rising since 1980 and continues to accelerate faster than the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Reentry
Tuesday August 16, 2016
By guest
This post is authored by Dr. Amy Loyd, senior director of the Pathways to Prosperity initiative at Jobs for the Future. “How did you find your first job? Did your education support your transition to the world of work?” For many of us (including myself), the answer to the first question is through our social capital networks: our family and family friends, people we know from our community. For many of us (including myself), the answer to the next two questions is a resounding “no.” This is a problem. Last Thursday, Governor Jack Markell signed an executive order to establish the Delaware...
Tags: Career Pathways
Friday August 12, 2016
By guest
Employment Services desk; Getty image
Originally appeared in The Hill on Aug. 4, 2016. By Joseph Fuller and Matthew Sigelman Everyone loves to hate Wall Street. This is especially true in a contentious election year, when the anti-business rhetoric runs shrill and genuine fears abound about the growing inequality in America. JP Morgan Chase’s recent announcement on “why we’re giving our employees a raise” instantly drew brickbats because the tone and timing could not be worse. It came on the same day that the Financial Times front page carried a story on how pay for big bank chief executives jumped nearly 8%—with Jamie Dimon...
Tags: Summit
Wednesday August 10, 2016
I recently read an article in The New York Times by Angela Duckworth entitled Graduating and Looking for Your Passion: Just Be Patient, in which she gives advice to new college graduates. For those who are not familiar with Duckworth’s work, she is an eminent psychologist who has helped to popularize the notion of “grit.” So, not surprisingly, she applies the same concept to the pursuit of a successful career; what’s key in her view is to foster and not to follow one’s passion, keeping in mind that it takes time; it also takes trial and error. This got me thinking about whether or not this...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery