Browse by area of work:

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


Tuesday October 21, 2014
As discussed in previous blogs, there is a storm of activity following the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the release of the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report. Last month, I had the privilege of attending the National Dialogue on Career Pathways that was hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services and had the opportunity to discuss the opportunities that WIOA brings for career pathways. Through these and other related efforts, it is clear that the national effort to...
Tags: Career Pathways
Monday October 20, 2014
Students at the Center, a Jobs for the Future initiative that synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes, has just launched a new research series on competency education. Competency education is both a core tenet in our student-centered framework and an area of increasing interest to practitioners and policymakers. Over the coming months, we will continue to release this series of research syntheses and updates from the field that help build the foundational data, theory, and...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Competency Education, Blended Learning
Tuesday October 14, 2014
Everyone Graduates Center is reporting that, for the first time in history, the nation has crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate. The next step in addressing the nation’s dropout problem is to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020 which many districts are now on pace to do.  This positive trend in graduation rates has come from nearly a decade of effort; the results illustrate how much improvement is possible when there is focused action, backed up by data and resources. Diverse communities and school districts have taken the charge to reduce the...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Monday October 13, 2014
Early college high schools enable students, regardless of previous academic achievement, to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and one to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. These academically rigorous schools predominantly help low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education. The documented success of the early college approach is based on more than just superior academics. In fact, students are graduating at rates far above the national...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday October 6, 2014
Engaging Parents to Inspire Students
Caesar Mickens, director of Early College Design Services at Jobs for the Future, provides an inside look at PSJA's parental engagement program. ---  In three impoverished communities near the Texas-Mexico border, hundreds of parents are following in their children’s footsteps each day and heading off to school. Single mothers, unemployed fathers, and recent immigrants are mastering English, studying for GED tests, and becoming certified for high-demand jobs to improve economic prospects for their families. The free classes are an unusual, but integral, part of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment