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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday May 18, 2015
Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas By Vicki Ritterband and Rafael HellerThis article was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the vast majority of the nation’s schools, students are grouped by age and move along in lockstep from one yearlong course to the next until, at the end of the 12th grade, they acquire a sufficient number of credit hours—or Carnegie units—to graduate. It doesn’t matter whether they soak up the given material in September or barely grasp it in June;...
Tags: Competency Education, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday May 13, 2015
In an economic era where having a postsecondary credential is required to secure a family-supporting career, too many young people never finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a degree or credential. This hurts individuals and our economy, which is weakened when jobs go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. One problem is that our nation’s high schools were never designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education or training. In times when a high school diploma was more likely to lead to a good job, this might have been acceptable. It certainly is not now. The...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Thursday May 7, 2015
Way to go, Rhode Island! The state is paving the way for more young people to get a leg up on college while still in high school and increase their chances for postsecondary success. The Board of Education has adopted new regulations expanding opportunities for dual enrollment. The move will allow qualified students to enroll in one of the state’s three public colleges and earn both postsecondary credit and credit toward a high school diploma at the same time.  This sends a powerful message to students and their families, especially people from low-income backgrounds and other groups...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday April 21, 2015
Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.   Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways.  In a recent conversation, a high school leader who is building...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, Competency Education
Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education