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


Tuesday November 24, 2015
Jogging along, on a treadmill at an easy pace, I turned the page of my InStyle magazine, and smiled. There, opposite a “How to Wear” editorial spread, was an advertisement—not for the latest boots—but for the XQ Super School Project Challenge.  It wasn’t the first time I had heard about the Challenge. I would imagine that most people who work in education had heard that Laurene Powell Jobs was committing $500 million to the herculean task of rethinking high school. The XQ Super School Project invites the public (generally anyone who cares about education and the future) to throw out the...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning, Career Pathways, Deeper Learning
Monday November 16, 2015
    Originally posted on Education Week's blog on November 4, 2015. In October, Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative hosted Turning the Corner, a convening of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other influential figures from across the education world. We asked participants to discuss a couple of questions in particular: As the No Child Left Behind era comes to a close, and as the balance of power in education shifts from Capitol Hill to states and school districts, what new opportunities and challenges are likely to be in store for the deeper learning movement...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Monday November 16, 2015
Originally posted on Education Week's blog on November 6, 2015  A year and a half ago, in a post to this blog, Jal Mehta made the memorable assertion that "deeper learning has a race problem." Judging by who attends its conferences and teaches and studies at its exemplary schools, he notes, the deeper learning movement is "much more white [and, he adds later, more secular, and progressive, and trusting of teachers] than the nation as a whole." And as a result, it has been slow to recognize and respond to those who worry that its preferred policies and teaching methods could backfire for all...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Monday November 9, 2015
By guest
By Kathy Mannes This week, over 2,000 learning professionals gathered at Learning 2015 in Orlando to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Elliott Masie’s annual conference focused on workplace learning. The group represented leading companies committed to innovative emerging strategies, technologies, and program design and innovation as part of a global strategy and a limitless learning future that makes Disney World a lively stage. Keynote speakers, including Sal Kahn and Steve Wozniak, challenged the audience to think about creating virtual and real learning environments where all people can...
Tags: Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Friday November 6, 2015
By Rachel Crew and Mary Clagett  As National Apprenticeship Week continues, we would like to highlight some of the federal policies and legislation that lawmakers are considering to further apprenticeship and the United States’ position in the global economy.  Last year, the Obama Administration committed to increase the number of apprentices in the United States by 300,000 during fiscal year 2015—growing apprenticeships from 450,000 to 750,000. This year, the Administration has committed to expanding that goal by awarding $175 million in grants to train and hire more than 34,000 new...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Credentials, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement