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Monday July 20, 2015
The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy’s recent report, Early College Designs: Achieving College- and Career-Readiness for all Massachusetts Students, profiles three Massachusetts school-college collaboratives, elaborating on the components of their programs and analyzing the costs. The brief makes a strong case that more early college high schools would greatly benefit the students of Massachusetts, as they have benefited the young people of 30 other states. Massachusetts is a national leader in education in many ways, yet the state has only a few early colleges. How can this...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, State-Local K-12 Policy
Tuesday April 21, 2015
Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.   Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways.  In a recent conversation, a high school leader who is building...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, Competency Education
Monday March 16, 2015
Two students learning about the human skeleton.
Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team. Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students. The start provoked skepticism from school reformers of all persuasions. These early college high schools were designed to take young people who were working below...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Friday February 27, 2015
This blog was originally posted on the Learning Deeply Blog on Education Week. While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday February 25, 2015
This blog was originally posted on GenDIY Blog on Huffington Post Education. This blog was also available on Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart Blog. If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Work-Based Learning