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


Tuesday April 22, 2014
Boy in classroom with his art self portrait
This blog was originally posted by The California Endowment. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder. Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill-equipped to prepare low-income young people with skills for good jobs or further education. This is largely because education and training institutions cannot effectively teach young people these skills without having ways to mitigate issues associated with their poverty. Unfortunately few do. But more could, if...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Credentials, Dropout Recovery, Health Care, Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning
Monday March 3, 2014
The United States has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the career and college readiness of the nation’s children—now let’s see if we can take it. The most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores demonstrate that America’s students failed to improve at all on their reading, science, and math performances, resulting in yet another slip in the international rankings. The 2012 results show that compared to 2009, U.S. teenagers fell from 25th to 31st in math; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Student-Centered Learning, STEM
Monday February 3, 2014
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Experiencing “Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age”
BY JENNA GRAVEL In “Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age,” a paper for the Students at the Center project, David Rose and I aim to describe how technology can be used to create more student-centered learning opportunities for diverse learners within a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) context. We describe how applying the principles of UDL—provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement—to teaching practices can leverage the promise of new media to support students with varying strengths, weaknesses, and interests in reaching deep levels of thinking....
Tags: Developmental Education, Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Monday January 27, 2014
Failing and underresourced schools, neighborhoods beset by street violence, lack of job opportunity, families split apart by addiction—many low-income young people of color face such well-chronicled barriers. Less visible and understood is the persistence and resilience that some of them demonstrate as they struggle in their teens and twenties to transcend those circumstances. Eight such young leaders shared their stories with leaders of community-based collective impact efforts from 21 cities, towns, and reservations. These initiatives are committed to improving education and workforce...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Student-Centered Learning
Thursday January 9, 2014
The confetti has been swept up, the cheering quieted, and the headaches dissipated. New Year’s celebrations? No, the release of the PISA 2012 results. While some countries celebrated their glowing results, others, like the United States, swallowed pangs of disappointment. Though much of the furor has now died down, the implications and lessons of PISA are still fresh on our minds as we launch the next phase of Students at the Center. For starters, PISA is a test administered every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to 15-year-olds in more than 60...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning