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Tuesday August 16, 2016
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This post is authored by Dr. Amy Loyd, senior director of the Pathways to Prosperity initiative at Jobs for the Future. “How did you find your first job? Did your education support your transition to the world of work?” For many of us (including myself), the answer to the first question is through our social capital networks: our family and family friends, people we know from our community. For many of us (including myself), the answer to the next two questions is a resounding “no.” This is a problem. Last Thursday, Governor Jack Markell signed an executive order to establish the Delaware...
Tags: Career Pathways
Wednesday August 10, 2016
I recently read an article in The New York Times by Angela Duckworth entitled Graduating and Looking for Your Passion: Just Be Patient, in which she gives advice to new college graduates. For those who are not familiar with Duckworth’s work, she is an eminent psychologist who has helped to popularize the notion of “grit.” So, not surprisingly, she applies the same concept to the pursuit of a successful career; what’s key in her view is to foster and not to follow one’s passion, keeping in mind that it takes time; it also takes trial and error. This got me thinking about whether or not this...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday August 3, 2016
This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. Like so many people across the country, I am saddened and enraged by the recent brutal violence and mass murders that have left our nation torn and deeply divided along race and class lines. From Orlando, Baton Rouge, and the Minneapolis area, to Dallas and Fort Myers, acts of violence, motivated by fear and hatred raise the question: How can the greatest democracy in the world possibly tolerate such injustice and what can we do, individually and collectively, to change the course of what will be a very ugly chapter in our...
Thursday July 28, 2016
Originally posted on The Intersection, The Hunt Institute Blog, on April 12, 2016. Most high school graduates (66 percent) go to college right after high school. But for all the efforts schools are making nationally to improve the college readiness of their graduates—tougher state standards, curricula, and assessments—many young people still struggle once they start college. Just over half of students entering two-year colleges, and one in five entering four-year colleges, start in remedial courses. The figures are even higher for low-income students. Of these, too few finish the remedial...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday July 25, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week on July 13, 2016. "College and career readiness"--we hear the phrase so often these days that this mantra of education reform can sound mechanical, almost meaningless. So it's high time to revisit what the words mean now that state and local officials are wrestling with questions about how to achieve the goal of preparing every student for college and careers, as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Are college and career readiness the same thing? Or are there different sets of skills, competencies, and attributes for each? And as ESSA...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA