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Tuesday August 25, 2015
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brutally frank conversation with Black Lives Matter activists during an August 11th campaign stop in New Hampshire captured several realities of the policy development process. Clinton’s assertions are instructive for anyone trying to change policy, but they are particularly relevant for those of us focused on dramatically improving economic mobility and equity through community college policy reform.   Clinton made three points that were particularly apt: first, it is not enough to win hearts for policy reform. Second, you must change laws, resource...
Tags: State-Local Higher Education Policy
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 21, 2015. In part one of this post, Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom, we introduced the newly released Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching, a document developed by Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative and the Innovation Lab Network, an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers. We discuss what makes this moment...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 13, 2015. Last Monday, the nine states that are part of the Innovation Lab Network, a group convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, gathered at a meeting hosted by CCSSO, in partnership with Jobs for the Future and other organizations, to advance the work of the ILN states. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and engage with the newly released Educator Competencies for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education
Monday August 24, 2015
Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 12, 2015. As the deeper learning movement expands, how will we ensure that it also includes? Over the coming years, will we find ways to provide all children with meaningful opportunities to develop the full range of intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal capacities that we know to be critical to success in college, careers, and civic life (i.e., the "success skills," to use David Conley's shorthand)? Or will we look back in a couple of decades to find that while instruction has become a bit more vibrant and student-centered in the...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Sunday August 16, 2015
Given that it is February, it’s time to reassess our New Year’s resolutions. Most of us resolved to go to the gym more often, pay more and better attention to friends and family, unplug from our electronic devices, or de-clutter our desks. For the Department of Education, I’ll offer up a resolution that will enhance our personal and professional lives. Let’s resolve to promote employability skills more aggressively as a key strategy to ensure that our education system produces more Americans that are ready for the labor force. Employability skills are general skills that are necessary for...