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Friday September 9, 2016
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By Vinz Koller and Kristin Wolff, Social Policy Research Associates Today’s career and technical education (CTE) has come a long way. In the past decade, CTE has moved from the sidelines of education policy to the center of school reform—and been rebranded (if not entirely reinvented) along the way. New York City’s reforms have been dramatic: 50 of the city’s 400 high schools are exclusively CTE-focused and 75 more offer over 200 CTE programs. These efforts, together with innovations like P-TECH, have made New York City a kind of laboratory for CTE-based school reform—a role it has embraced...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement
Friday September 9, 2016
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By Robert Goo, environmental protection specialist, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency This blog is part of a series, created through Jobs for the Future’s NatureWORKS project which is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and the Kresge Foundation. Please visit our NatureWORKS website to learn more about this project, and email aroth@jff.org to join our mailing list. Cities around the U.S. are now utilizing green infrastructure and low-impact development (GI*) approaches to enhance their communities and more effectively manage their water resources. Green infrastructure and...
Tags: Green Skills
Thursday September 8, 2016
Originally posted on Completion By Design's blog on September 7, 2016. The completion agenda has been effective in shifting the national conversation on postsecondary attainment from access to completion, as reflected in the measurable completion goals set to be achieved by Lumina Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Obama Administration, and numerous states. This is tremendous progress, but for low-income Americans who seek postsecondary credentials to secure employment and advance in our economy, it is not enough to simply complete. Several recent studies from the...
Tags: Credentials, Labor Market Information, Federal Higher Education Policy, Developmental Education
Thursday August 25, 2016
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Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans.
Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans. Originally posted in the Alliance for Excellent Education's Deeper Learning.  By Donique Reid A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 45 percent chance of remaining there if that child drops out of high school, while as a college graduate that child has...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday August 24, 2016
Students and teacher in a discussion
Originally posted in Education Week on July 25, 2016. Earlier this year, Grover "Russ" Whitehurst wrote a lengthy critique, featured on the Brookings Institution's site, of the ways in which the teaching and assessment of "soft skills" have begun to play out in K-12 education. It's a provocative piece, and if you haven't seen it yet, then you might want to add it to your Deeper Learning/back-to-school reading list. As the Bush-era director of the Institute of Education Sciences and chief architect of the What Works Clearinghouse, Whitehurst is well-known for taking a hardline stance on what...
Tags: Deeper Learning, ESSA, Student-Centered Learning