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


Wednesday July 8, 2015
Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate By Nick Chiles What would schools look like if they were designed around the needs of students? That’s the question that drives the work of Rebecca Wolfe, director of the Massachusetts-based Students at the Center project, part of the nonprofit Jobs For the Future. Called “personalized learning,” the idea sounds simple: Let the students dictate the direction and pace of instruction. Its adherents claim that not only will student outcomes improve, but point to research that shows it works particularly well for students of...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Blended 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
Wednesday December 17, 2014
Originally posted on Getting Smart on December 16, 2014  By Clare Bertrand & Scott Emerick Choosing a college, selecting a course of study or training program, and launching a career path are not easy choices for anyone and the stakes for these decisions are highest for low-income students. There are currently 6.7 million 16- to 24-year-olds in America who are not currently in school or working. We are part of a growing movement calling these young people "opportunity youth." The great news is that despite their disconnection from education and employment, these young people have...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Blended 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 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