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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
Tuesday January 24, 2017
Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative
Originally posted on StudentsattheCenterHub.org on January 17, 2017.  Here’s an alarming thought: What if our educational research questions, policies, and practices sometimes arise as much from ignorance as they do from evidence? I’m wondering this because I have a confession: When I was a middle school teacher, I never read educational research. Mostly this was because I had little time to do so amid the demands of teaching, but it was also because I didn’t know where to look, what to ask, or whether to care about what scholars were discovering. My day-to-day focus was on the practical and...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Tuesday December 20, 2016
High school student reading a book.
A growing body of research has consistently suggested that providing opportunities for high school students to take college courses is associated with increases in college enrollment and completion. Education leaders have responded. For well over a decade, state and federal policymakers have promoted dual enrollment through strategies such as creating or expanding funding streams for dual enrollment and early college schools, as well as mandating that local education agencies (LEAs) make available a defined amount of dual enrollment (and/or AP and IB) options. But efforts to expand dual...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy
Tuesday November 15, 2016
High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program
High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program “Team work was what they tried to instill. I was sort of on an assembly line but not really. Everyone had their own goal. It was pretty cool. I was the one to begin the assembly and it was a $250,000 product. I always wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m going to join the Navy as an electrician’s mate and then go to college on the GI Bill.” -Nicolas Ambrosino, William Penn High School Senior, Internship, Agilent Technologies Five years ago, high school...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, Economic Mobility, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday October 26, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on October 11, 2016.  Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed, nearly a year ago, many in the education world have kept their fingers crossed and their eyes pinned to the horizon, anxiously waiting to see which states will make serious efforts to overhaul their school accountability systems. Now that No Child Left Behind's testing strictures have been loosened, K-12 leaders would seem to have a golden opportunity to pursue more sophisticated and useful ways of gauging student learning. But will they seize that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA