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


Wednesday October 17, 2012
Why are discussions of postsecondary transitions so absent in edtech conversations? This is the question I found myself wondering about at the Wireless EdTech Conference last week in Washington, DC. I took part in some fantastic conversations about assessments, infrastructure, and how educational technologies can support learning outcomes. But I left the conference thinking: Where are the postsecondary partners? Why wasn’t there even a discussion on how to develop postsecondary partnerships? Shouldn’t we be hearing from postsecondary institutions about their thoughts on the preparedness of...
Tags: Blended Learning, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday October 9, 2012
Shifting Roles Enable Student-centered Learning
On Friday, October 5, I participated virtually in the Education Week-sponsored meeting, Ed Tech 2013: Powering Up Success. As I’m based in Boston and the event took place in Detroit, I was happy to have a low-cost way to participate. The conference proved to be engaging and informative. The agenda was packed with experts; but more importantly, it featured practitioner leaders from the field speaking candidly about the benefits and challenges of transitioning districts from a face-to-face to a blended-school model. A few school leaders shared the notion that schools need to leverage student...
Tags: Blended Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday May 23, 2012
The Accidental Edupunk
As part of JFF’s Back on Track Through College team, I’ve been visiting schools across the country where technology is being used to enhance instruction. These schools, serving students who have struggled in school, fallen off track to graduation, or dropped out all together, have implemented a range of strategies from technology-enriched instruction to blended learning. (Innosight Institute broadly defines blended learning as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time...
Tags: Blended Learning
Wednesday February 1, 2012
Jobs for the Future joined several states, districts, teachers and students on February 1 in celebrating Digital Learning Day, hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education. This day is a direct result of the explosion of interest in the use of technology for education. In 2010, four million students were educated using some kind of educational technology—and that number is growing. Districts, charter management systems, for-profits, and states are investing in digital tools, services, and platforms that are broadening the opportunities for learning. It is clear that technology is...
Tags: Blended Learning