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


Wednesday May 23, 2012
The Accidental Edupunk
As part of JFF’s Back on Track Through College team, I’ve been visiting schools across the country where technology is being used to enhance instruction. These schools, serving students who have struggled in school, fallen off track to graduation, or dropped out all together, have implemented a range of strategies from technology-enriched instruction to blended learning. (Innosight Institute broadly defines blended learning as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time...
Tags: Blended Learning
Wednesday May 2, 2012
Education is hailed as the greatest equalizer in American society. The fact is for entire generations of Americans, access to good and meaningful educational opportunities has historically been a ticket to well-paying jobs, greater participation in civic life, strong families and communities, and for all of us a stronger and more prosperous United States of America. Yet for a large portion of African-Americans (males in particular), the promise of education as a way out of poverty into a productive life of work and active civic participation remains largely unfulfilled. The statistics are...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, State-Local K-12 Policy
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Lisa Cortes had scraped thousands of breakfast, lunch, and dinner trays in an Ohio hospital kitchen when a supervisor recommended her for a new training program that could lead to full-time medical work with benefits. Cortes, a 42-year-old high school dropout, was so eager to trade her part-time shifts for a chance at financial stability that she let nothing get in her way—not even her fear of taking algebra or anatomy. “It was hard to get back on the bike and pedal it,” Cortes recalled recently about returning to the classroom decades after quitting school, pregnant, at 17. “But I was on a...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Competency Education, Health Care, Work-Based Learning