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What We’re Reading: Week of April 18, 2022

April 22, 2022 | Ava Marinelli

Happy Earth Day, Linked Learning field! This week, we’re reading stories on making career-technical education more inclusive, how a grow-your-own apprenticeship program is eliminating teacher vacancies in a Tennessee school district, and more. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading with us!


Career-Technical Education
Inclusive strategies in CTE courses improve student engagement, K-12 Dive
Using universal design for learning approaches in career-prep courses allows student choice for studying and demonstrating knowledge, CTE experts say.


Leadership
Sec. Cardona: This Is Our Moment to Improve Education. Here’s Our Plan., EdSurge
The Education Secretary lays out his department's values and priorities for improving education in this next phase of COVID-19 recovery.

OPINION: A call to service: Our schools need you to step up, Hechinger Report
As President Biden called for in his State of the Union address, it’s time for each of us to step up to help the bedrock of our nation — our schools. We need a cadre of caring adults to help lift the burden from the shoulders of our overworked educators and support staff and ensure that our students are supported, and schools remain open, writes All4Ed's Deborah Delisle.


Project-Based Learning
One little firm’s bizarre mix of college counseling and deep research, Washington Post
A company is helping students understand how to work on and develop grad-school level projects, allowing them to impress selective colleges.


Teachers
‘Disrespected’ and ‘Dissatisfied': 7 Takeaways From a New Survey of Teachers, EdWeek
Teachers’ job satisfaction levels are at an all-time low, they’re working long hours for what they consider to be inadequate pay, and nearly half of the workforce is considering quitting. Those are some of the stark new findings from the Merrimack College Teacher Survey.


Workforce Development
Employers Claim to Value Alternative Credentials. Do Their Practices Match Their Promises?, EdSurge
New research published by the Society for Human Resource Management finds that even though executives say they support alternative credentials, the practices and attitudes of mid-level managers and HR professionals do not always value these upstart certifications.

This Tennessee district's grow-your-own program is set to eliminate teacher vacancies, K-12 Dive
Now in the third year of its grow-your-own apprenticeship program, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee is set to completely eliminate teacher vacancies across the district, state Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said during an Education Commission of the States webinar.


Youth Voice
Disconnected and Skeptical: Young Adults’ Views of Government, The Next100
Survey data of Millennials and Gen Zers demonstrate a disconnect between young adults and government that is most acutely prevalent for individuals from communities of color and lower income households. Overcoming this is critical to building a more diverse, responsive, and effective government.