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Wednesday April 27, 2016
By Anonymous (not verified)
Career and technical education appears to be enjoying a resurgence these days. From President Obama's Ready to Work Initiative and the Department of Labor's American Apprenticeship grants, to the California Career Readiness Initiative and the states participating in CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into CTE, and everyone seems to be talking about work-based learning. Should proponents of deeper learning be alarmed by this resurgence? Does it suggest a return to tracking poor and minority students into non-academic programs? Or does this moment...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Wednesday April 27, 2016
Ask three policy wonks what they think of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and you'll likely get four or five answers. At recent meetings and conferences, experts have told me that ESSA "kills off No Child Left Behind, once and for all," and they've also told me that it amounts to "NCLB 2.0." I've heard ESSA called both a "game changer" and "the same old, same old." I've been assured that it symbolizes a renewed commitment to the principle of local control, and I've been assured that it's just a temporary stopgap measure, giving federalists a chance to catch their breath and plan for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Summit
Tuesday April 26, 2016
The Department of Justice has designated this week, April 25-29 as National Reentry Week in an effort to highlight the difficult and critical work that takes place across the country to enable youth and adults to successfully reenter their communities after incarceration. Getting a good job is critical to successful reentry, and in today’s economy people need a postsecondary credential to secure steady employment with a livable wage. Strong education and training programs are needed to make good on the promise of a second chance after incarceration.  The Department of Education has made...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Reentry
Monday April 11, 2016
By guest
Park land is the original "urban green infrastructure."  The ecological, economic, and social benefits of parks and green spaces in the nation's cities are well documented. As the green stormwater infrastructure movement has grown throughout the nation, stormwater and watershed professionals are teaming up with parks managers to maximize the stormwater retention value of city parks through creative partnerships, including shared approaches to maintenance. In this NatureWORKS blog, Adrian Benepe from the Trust for Public Land explores some of the possibilities that emerge when "parks are...
Monday April 11, 2016
Economic mobility and opportunity are hot topics, with articles, news stories, and reports appearing all the time. To help you prepare for JFF’s upcoming National Summit on Economic Mobility we have put together a short list of some of the best recent writing on the subject.  Did we miss something? Share your favorite article with us.     What Does It Take to Get Kids Out of Poverty?  1. Why supports are essential to helping low-income kids reach their aspirational careers. (Chronicle of Higher Education subscription required) 2. In Forbes, Scott Winship offers “a conservative opportunity...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity