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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Wednesday April 27, 2016
Ask three policy wonks what they think of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and you'll likely get four or five answers. At recent meetings and conferences, experts have told me that ESSA "kills off No Child Left Behind, once and for all," and they've also told me that it amounts to "NCLB 2.0." I've heard ESSA called both a "game changer" and "the same old, same old." I've been assured that it symbolizes a renewed commitment to the principle of local control, and I've been assured that it's just a temporary stopgap measure, giving federalists a chance to catch their breath and plan for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Summit
Tuesday November 24, 2015
Jogging along, on a treadmill at an easy pace, I turned the page of my InStyle magazine, and smiled. There, opposite a “How to Wear” editorial spread, was an advertisement—not for the latest boots—but for the XQ Super School Project Challenge. It wasn’t the first time I had heard about the Challenge. I would imagine that most people who work in education had heard that Laurene Powell Jobs was committing $500 million to the herculean task of rethinking high school. The XQ Super School Project invites the public (generally anyone who cares about education and the future) to throw out the...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning, Career Pathways, Deeper Learning
Monday November 16, 2015
    Originally posted on Education Week's blog on November 4, 2015. In October, Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative hosted Turning the Corner, a convening of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other influential figures from across the education world. We asked participants to discuss a couple of questions in particular: As the No Child Left Behind era comes to a close, and as the balance of power in education shifts from Capitol Hill to states and school districts, what new opportunities and challenges are likely to be in store for the deeper learning movement...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Monday November 16, 2015
Deeper Learning and Equity: Two New Resources
Originally posted on Education Week's blog on November 6, 2015  A year and a half ago, in a post to this blog, Jal Mehta made the memorable assertion that "deeper learning has a race problem." Judging by who attends its conferences and teaches and studies at its exemplary schools, he notes, the deeper learning movement is "much more white [and, he adds later, more secular, and progressive, and trusting of teachers] than the nation as a whole." And as a result, it has been slow to recognize and respond to those who worry that its preferred policies and teaching methods could backfire for all...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 21, 2015. In part one of this post, Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom, we introduced the newly released Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching, a document developed by Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative and the Innovation Lab Network, an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers. We discuss what makes this moment...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education