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


Friday February 27, 2015
This blog was originally posted on the Learning Deeply Blog on Education Week. While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday February 25, 2015
This blog was originally posted on GenDIY Blog on Huffington Post Education. This blog was also available on Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart Blog. If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Work-Based Learning
Tuesday February 24, 2015
By guest
This post is authored by Peter Levine, the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts University, and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the deputy director of CIRCLE. Last month, Arizona and North Dakota became the first two states to require high school students to take and—if they wish to graduate—exceed a cut-off score on the civics test that the federal government administers to individuals seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens. At last count, similar laws are pending in fourteen other state legislatures. Proponents argue that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Tuesday January 13, 2015
This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on December 12, 2014. There's something about technology that tends to bring out the hyperbole in otherwise reasonable people. Strike up a casual conversation about the latest advance in virtual reality, say, or robotics, or artificial intelligence, and the next thing you know you'll be tossing around terms like transformational, revolutionary, and game-changing or, if you prefer your glass half empty, phases like "more dangerous than nuclear weapons." So when my colleagues and I at Jobs for the Future's Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Monday December 15, 2014
The American Institutes for Research, in May of this year, released a study tracking the progress of students who attended high schools in the Deeper Learning Network and comparing their outcomes to those of similar students from non-Network schools. AIR defined this as an early “proof of concept” study, though the findings were still exciting. Relative to the comparison group, students who attended Network schools were more likely to finish high school on time, went on to college in greater numbers, got higher scores on state achievement tests, did better on assessments of problem solving,...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning