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


Wednesday October 17, 2012
Why are discussions of postsecondary transitions so absent in edtech conversations? This is the question I found myself wondering about at the Wireless EdTech Conference last week in Washington, DC. I took part in some fantastic conversations about assessments, infrastructure, and how educational technologies can support learning outcomes. But I left the conference thinking: Where are the postsecondary partners? Why wasn’t there even a discussion on how to develop postsecondary partnerships? Shouldn’t we be hearing from postsecondary institutions about their thoughts on the preparedness of...
Tags: Blended Learning, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday October 9, 2012
Shifting Roles Enable Student-centered Learning
On Friday, October 5, I participated virtually in the Education Week-sponsored meeting, Ed Tech 2013: Powering Up Success. As I’m based in Boston and the event took place in Detroit, I was happy to have a low-cost way to participate. The conference proved to be engaging and informative. The agenda was packed with experts; but more importantly, it featured practitioner leaders from the field speaking candidly about the benefits and challenges of transitioning districts from a face-to-face to a blended-school model. A few school leaders shared the notion that schools need to leverage student...
Tags: Blended Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday October 3, 2012
“I’ll be the first one attending college from my family. My brothers look up to me and they want to do what I do. Now that I’m attending college, they want to go to college and it makes me happy that they want to because of me.” —Rosa Mendoza, graduate, LA Conservation Corps; college student, Los Angeles Technical College “I want to succeed, I want to exceed—that’s why I want to go to college.” —Daniel Hurtado, student, Coalition for Responsible Community Development Dozens of people gathered at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Tuesday, September 25, to celebrate programs implementing...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday May 23, 2012
The Accidental Edupunk
As part of JFF’s Back on Track Through College team, I’ve been visiting schools across the country where technology is being used to enhance instruction. These schools, serving students who have struggled in school, fallen off track to graduation, or dropped out all together, have implemented a range of strategies from technology-enriched instruction to blended learning. (Innosight Institute broadly defines blended learning as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time...
Tags: Blended Learning
Thursday March 8, 2012
Mass. Voting to Increase Compulsory Attendance to Age 18
The Massachusetts legislature’s Education Committee has scheduled a vote for today on a bill that will raise the compulsory school attendance age to 18. President Obama proposed that all states enact this policy in his State of the Union address earlier this year, citing evidence that raising the age can lead to higher earnings and better lifetime outcomes. While I applaud Massachusetts’ commitment to ensuring that policies are in place that support student success, laws alone are not enough to create incentives for some students to stay in school, or for schools to keep students engaged and...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, State-Local K-12 Policy