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Thursday October 13, 2016
This post originally appeared on the Brookings website on October 12, 2016. What can educators do to better prepare young people for careers? Although high schools claim that graduates should be “college and career-ready,” in practice, educators have paid little attention to career readiness. Many still believe that all you need is a college degree and a career will follow. But increasingly in today’s labor market, job openings call for technical skills and work experience that don’t come automatically with a college degree. To enable young people to learn about work, learn to work, and...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Economic Mobility
Wednesday October 12, 2016
By guest
By: Tatiana Shevchenko  Fernando Reimers, the Ford Foundation professor of practice in international education, director of the international education policy faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, took part in a conversation with Jobs for the Future (JFF) on employability skills, which draws on his knowledge of and experience with education and systems in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The discussion underscores how integral employability skills are to preparing learners for global jobs...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Career and Technical Education
Monday September 12, 2016
Students studying science
By Sarah Hooker and Joel Vargas Dual enrollment has demonstrated its potential to boost college enrollment and success, but is the route to completion of a four-year degree as quick and seamless as advertised? This is an important question posed by a recent Education Week article, “Are Dual-Enrollment Programs Overpromising?”, which raises the related issue of credit transfer rules. As Education Week points out, college courses taken by high school students are not always accepted for credit by the colleges where they enroll after graduation, or they may not count toward requirements for all...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Thursday August 25, 2016
By guest
Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans.
Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans. Originally posted in the Alliance for Excellent Education's Deeper Learning.  By Donique Reid A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 45 percent chance of remaining there if that child drops out of high school, while as a college graduate that child has...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday August 24, 2016
Students and teacher in a discussion
Originally posted in Education Week on July 25, 2016. Earlier this year, Grover "Russ" Whitehurst wrote a lengthy critique, featured on the Brookings Institution's site, of the ways in which the teaching and assessment of "soft skills" have begun to play out in K-12 education. It's a provocative piece, and if you haven't seen it yet, then you might want to add it to your Deeper Learning/back-to-school reading list. As the Bush-era director of the Institute of Education Sciences and chief architect of the What Works Clearinghouse, Whitehurst is well-known for taking a hardline stance on what...
Tags: Deeper Learning, ESSA, Student-Centered Learning