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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 April 11, 2017
JFF Senior Advisor and Pathways to Prosperity Co-Founder Bob Schwartz honors former Delaware Governor Markell for his leadership. Recently, education, workforce development, and government leaders from our national Pathways to Prosperity Network gathered in Wilmington, Delaware to learn from each other, strengthen our cross-sector partnerships, and celebrate success. A particular emphasis was learning about the exciting and impressive work underway in Delaware Pathways. In theory, education is inextricably connected to workforce and economic development. We know that the strength of our...
Tags: Career Pathways
Monday March 13, 2017
Across the country, leaders in workforce, education and government are looking to regional and place-based strategies to drive economic development. This trend has created new regional consortia where cross-sector and cross-agency work groups wrestle with the realities of regional collaboration. In California, which has invested significantly in regional career pathways in recent years, the most successful consortia are realizing that working regionally is not simply about inviting more people to the table, hosting more meetings, or even creating more pathways in a particular geographic...
Tags: Career Pathways
Tuesday February 28, 2017
students in classroom
The expression “building the plane as you fly” has become increasingly familiar across education. It captures the feelings of risk and uncertainty that accompany designing innovations and testing them in real time with actual participants, all while being responsible for keeping existing operations running. It reflects the idea that you know you need to try to build something different, even as you still have students on board—who enter your doors every day in need of a range of services. The risky, uncertain aspects of this endeavor feel all the more acute under the pressure of grant...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Thursday February 23, 2017
I’ve been waiting 15 years for this moment. On January 24th, my home state, Massachusetts, submitted a proposal to the annual joint meeting of the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education to establish career-focused early college high schools. Early colleges are schools or programs within schools designed to enable students to take college-level courses in high school for free. The combination of free tuition and early college enrollment are strong predictors that a young person will attain a two- or four-year college degree, and research shows that early college...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, ESSA, Opportunity Youth