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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Thursday July 12, 2012
If you missed it over the holiday week, it’s well worth watching PBS NewsHour’s excellent two-part report on South Texas’ Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) school district. This border district is setting a compelling example for how we can make school work for all students—especially the high-poverty, Hispanic students who make up this school system. PSJA engages all students with dynamic teaching, puts them on a clear path to a college degree or credential, and supports their college success even after graduation. All students, including former dropouts, take college classes before they graduate...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy
Wednesday April 18, 2012
The following is a one-page summary of written testimony given by Joel Vargas to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (For the full written testimony, CLICK HERE you can also watch the full 90-minute hearing.) The early college high school movement is one of largest and most successful secondary school reform initiatives in the United States. Since 2002, early college high schools have achieved a record of success in increasing student achievement, high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and college credit attainment. There are...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Thursday March 29, 2012
For 10 years now, early college high schools have demonstrated that young people underrepresented in higher education can succeed in college work. By blending high school and college, these schools guide students—primarily low-income and of color—through a seamless transition to postsecondary education. Over the last decade, early college has built a strong record of scale and success. More than 270 schools are serving 75,000 students, and we know early college works: these students are graduating and enrolling in college at far higher rates than average. As we look forward, early college...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday March 27, 2012
College Attainment for All
As educators, our primary focus should be preparing our students to succeed in the world that they will confront throughout their entire life. To thrive in this technologically advanced, global society those entering adulthood must, more than ever, complete a postsecondary course of study that prepares them for successful entry into a career pathway with the potential to earn a wage that will support their family and provide opportunities for advancement. In Texas, and across the country, there are huge gaps in educational attainment between different segments of our population. Economically...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy, STEM
Monday March 5, 2012
Last month I was at Camelot's Excel Academy South in Philadelphia, a school that demonstrates what teaching and learning should look like for our nation's off-track students. Excel South has helped its students make major academic gains, using Jobs for the Future's Common Instructional Framework to accelerate student learning. Now, JFF is working with Camelot to develop Excel South into a lab school that will demonstrate college-ready instructional practices to educators across the nation. JFF's CEO Marlene Seltzer and I joined Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter and Camelot CEO Todd Bock...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth, Dual Enrollment, Early College