Who You Know: Relationships, Networks and Social Capital in Boosting Educational Opportunity for Young Americans

Writing for Brookings, Reeves and Deng explore the importance of social capital  for promoting educational opportunities and outcomes. The main messages of the paper are as follows: Social capital = relationships that uplift. Social capital is described, defined and measured in a wide variety of different ways. But there is a broad agreement that it Read more about Who You Know: Relationships, Networks and Social Capital in Boosting Educational Opportunity for Young Americans[…]

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With Grants, Accelerate ED Looks to Better Link K-12, College & Work

Writing for The 74, Sara Allan of the Bill & Melida Gates Foundation, explained a new Gates-funded project, Accelerate ED, which is providing grants in 12 states for programs that seek to link K-12 education, college, and the workplace. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Today, we’re proud to launch Accelerate ED: Seamless Pathways to Read more about With Grants, Accelerate ED Looks to Better Link K-12, College & Work[…]

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Employers in Six Communities Announce Youth-Designed Actions to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Employers in six communities in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas announced a series of new commitments to address and promote inclusion and belonging in the workplace for young employees of color. These commitments are the culmination of a unique collaboration supported by America’s Promise Alliance, known as Action Roundtables, between employers, nonprofit Read more about Employers in Six Communities Announce Youth-Designed Actions to Promote Diversity and Inclusion[…]

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Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool

As youth apprenticeship has gained traction across the United States, many programs have adopted the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Definition & Principles for Youth Apprenticeship to guide program design and implementation. Building from those principles, PAYA has developed a new Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool as a piece of a four-step protocol aimed Read more about Youth Apprenticeship Quality Assessment Tool[…]

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The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings

The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce explores how lifetime earnings vary by education level, field of study, occupation, industry, gender, race and ethnicity, and location. The lifetime earnings of a full-time full-year worker with a high school diploma are $1.6 million, Read more about The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings[…]

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Communications Toolkit: Postsecondary Pathways and The Shifting American Economy

Navigating pathways through high school, higher education and training, and into the workforce can be overwhelming for students and families. Families need to be engaged early and often to ensure they have the resources and support they need to make informed decisions. But as the economy has shifted—including dramatic changes induced by the pandemic—many school Read more about Communications Toolkit: Postsecondary Pathways and The Shifting American Economy[…]

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Rigorous Courses are a Good Thing – and Good for Equity

Recently, in Fordham’s Flypaper, Brandon L. Wright wrote an insightful rebuttal to Anne Kim’s recent long-form article in Washington Monthly titled “AP’s Equity Face-Plant” in which Kim interprets AP courses as problematic from an equity lens. Excerpts of the piece appear below: We as a country should care deeply that Black, Hispanic, and other disadvantaged Read more about Rigorous Courses are a Good Thing – and Good for Equity[…]

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Finding Your Path: A Navigation Tool for Scaling Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

The way teachers teach and students learn is changing. As more learning communities embrace personalized, competency-based learning – learning that centers each students’ strengths, needs, and interests and provides differentiated supports and ways to demonstrate what they know and know how to do – educators and leaders are also working to ensure the changes they Read more about Finding Your Path: A Navigation Tool for Scaling Personalized, Competency-Based Learning[…]

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Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Through Early Pathways

Writing for Education Strategy Group (ESG), Nicole Osborne recently reviewed promising initiatives that serve to diversify the teacher workforce by engaging high school students in an educator pipeline. Excerpts of the piece appear below: There are bright spots within programs across the country with strong practices in place that can serve as signposts for building Read more about Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Through Early Pathways[…]

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Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation

Excel in Ed has established the first comprehensive learner-centered education to workforce continuum for state policy, Pathways Matter. Beginning in K-12 and extending to and through postsecondary and on to employment, this resource takes the fragmented narrative and structure of state education to workforce policy efforts and turns it into a comprehensive policy continuum. PathwaysMatter.org Read more about Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation[…]

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What the Research Says about College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance recently released the latest in a series of new fact sheets focused on providing short explainers on college in high school programs like dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school. The latest fact sheet, entitled What the Research Says About College in High School Programs summarizes three Read more about What the Research Says about College in High School Programs[…]

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Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success

A new resource from Education Strategy Group highlights the importance of prioritizing alignment of advising across K-12 and higher education, and offers a vision for achieving that alignment by laying out a concrete framework,  action steps, and resources for the many stakeholders who have a role to play.  The report recommends that all students receive Read more about Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success[…]

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