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Tuesday May 30, 2017
America’s “Greatness” Depends on the Skills of Its People and Its Workforce  blog
Last week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The President’s proposal would prioritize funding for defense, border security and immigration enforcement, infrastructure, and technology. What the budget does not prioritize is investing in the education and skills of America’s current and future workforce. If enacted, the funding cuts in the budget would represent a serious threat to America’s economic prosperity and to the greatness the administration is looking to achieve. The United States needs...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Wednesday May 24, 2017
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Trends in Education and Workforce Indicators for Boston Youth and Young Adults, 2006 to 2016
By Joe McLaughlin, Anika Van Eaton, and Kathy Hamilton, Boston Private Industry Council Since its first convening in 2013, the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) has tracked key education and workforce measures to inform program design and assess progress on its goals for improving the economic well-being of 16 to 24 year olds in Boston. The OYC’s work builds on progress made in existing dropout prevention and recovery and college completion collective impact initiatives. This brief highlights trends over the past decade (2006-2016) for five indicators described below. The first...
Tags: Opportunity Youth
Monday May 22, 2017
Ready for the Robots? Let's Prepare Every Student for the Future of Work
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on May 10, 2017. Could you be replaced by a robot? If not today, will automation claim your job—or your children's jobs—within several decades? As anxieties escalate about the "Future of Work," few things are certain but this: No one can predict exactly what the jobs of the future will be. ​But what about the skills of the future? Which abilities are most vital for young people to be able to navigate an ever-changing economy? Turns out that's something more and more people agree on, and it's not memorizing facts and reproducing...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA, Future of Work
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Q&A with John Kerr, Washington state director for Basic Education for Adults
This is the first in a series of periodic conversations with members of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success. At the winter 2017 meeting of Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy Network, JFF Vice President Michael Lawrence Collins sat down with Jon Kerr, the Washington State Director for Basic Education for Adults, to discuss why community colleges should be more intentional in connecting adult basic education to guided pathways and how federal and state policy could help forge greater ties. Kerr is a member of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, which JFF...
Tags: Developmental Education
Monday May 8, 2017
People notes coffee tea
Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead. To keep U.S. manufacturing—and other key sectors of...
Tags: Future of Work, Student-Centered Learning, Federal Workforce Policy