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Friday April 3, 2015
Amy Loyd at White House
Last week, I represented Jobs for the Future at a White House discussion focused on STEM high schools and business and industry’s role in supporting young people in their STEM and career-focused learning.  Convened by Change the Equation (CTEq), I joined a group of executives from leading national companies—such as Honda, IBM, and DuPont—as well as other nonprofits, federal agencies, universities, and practitioners to draft potential action steps for employers to support STEM learning in four key areas: Strategic Funding, Community STEM Advocates, Work-Based Learning Curriculum, and Student...
Tags: STEM, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday March 16, 2015
Two students learning about the human skeleton.
Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team. Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students. The start provoked skepticism from school reformers of all persuasions. These early college high schools were designed to take young people who were working below...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Friday February 27, 2015
This blog was originally posted on the Learning Deeply Blog on Education Week. While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday February 25, 2015
This blog was originally posted on GenDIY Blog on Huffington Post Education. This blog was also available on Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart Blog. If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Work-Based Learning
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Pathways-to-Prosperity-in-DE
“We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job and career.” In his January 20th State of the Union Address, President Obama described work that Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been deeply involved in for over two and a half years. The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration of regions and states focused on ensuring that many more young people complete high school and attain postsecondary credentials...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways