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


Tuesday December 9, 2014
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Boy studying with partner
By Eric Toshalis for Students at the Center Have you ever sat through a difficult or dry lesson and were told by your teacher when you began to struggle that if you simply tried harder, you would succeed? If so, didn’t it sound like your teacher was saying, “If you just banged your head harder against this brick wall, you could break through!” You likely realized then what researchers have known for decades: that simply isn’t true. While effort is important when attempting work of any kind, perseverance in school is frequently depicted as a quality either a kid has or doesn’t have, as if the...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Competency Education
Thursday December 4, 2014
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By Stephanie Krauss for Students at the Center My youngest brother’s senior year of high school—in a public school in New Jersey—was also my first year running a competency-based high school for over-age and under-credited youth in St. Louis. It is hard to describe just how different his experience was compared to my students’. My brother attended one of the best public high schools in a state known for its high marks in public education and student achievement. In his final year of high school, he took a handful of Advanced Placement courses, served as student body president, played drums...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Competency Education
Monday November 10, 2014
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This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, authored by Heidi Andrade, School of Education Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany, Albany, NY. I was pleased to moderate the discussion at Jobs for the Future's launch event for its new Deeper Learning Research Series of white papers.  The ideas about teaching, learning, and assessment presented by the panelists—David Conley and James Taylor—are not new or radical, but they are critically important and extremely timely. Why "not new"?...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Monday October 20, 2014
Students at the Center, a Jobs for the Future initiative that synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes, has just launched a new research series on competency education. Competency education is both a core tenet in our student-centered framework and an area of increasing interest to practitioners and policymakers. Over the coming months, we will continue to release this series of research syntheses and updates from the field that help build the foundational data, theory, and...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Competency Education, Blended Learning
Monday August 25, 2014
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The Big Idea
In spring 2014, seniors at Hudson High School for Learning Technologies in NYC worked on a semester-long independent study project that required interaction with experts in a professional field By Joy Nolan, Instructional Designer/Curriculum Specialist for Digital Ready In summer 2013, Digital Ready, a program from New York City Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness, began work with 10 high schools to promote research-based student-centered innovations, largely based on ideas and papers (such as Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice) from Students at the Center, an...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning