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Friday May 29, 2015
The California Career Pathways Trust is Making Waves
Today, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded $250 million to 40 new California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) local and regional consortia, doubling down on the state’s already unprecedented investment in career pathways and bringing the CCPT total to $500 million dollars and 79 grantees. Even though I have been involved in this work for years, and our Pathways to Prosperity Network helped inform the CCPT, I am nonetheless astounded and impressed by the Golden State’s investment in this important work. It will build on and advance decades of successful and diverse career...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
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
Rhode Island Expands College Courses in High School
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