Browse by area of work:

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

Blog

Monday July 16, 2012
Written by Cecilia Le and Rebecca E. Wolfe for CompetencyWorks' blog "Learning from the Cutting Edge": What would an education system look like that responded to each student’s needs and interests—and based their progression on their individual mastery of vital skills and competencies? And what would it take to get there? These were some of the big questions at Jobs for the Future’s (JFF) Students at the Center symposium. A diverse audience of 150 leading practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and funders came together to discuss the findings of nine syntheses of research on student-...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Students at the Center
Alfred Tatum, author of a paper entitled Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents, begins with two heartbreaking quotes from young black males he spoke with: “All my grades are bad and nobody can help me,” said one. “I am a lost soul,” said the other. While Tatum gives credit to this decade’s research advances both in adolescent literacy and in understanding conditions supporting African-American male achievement, he argues that “most school literacy practices continue to miss the mark and suffer from an underestimation of the depths of student needs.” The result: Far too...
Tags: Literacy, Student-Centered Learning