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What We’re Reading: Week of August 15, 2022

August 19, 2022

Happy Friday! This week, we’re reading about the continued resurgence of career-technical education programs, the need to increase funding for Black students in California, a new network for teacher apprenticeships, and more. Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for reading with us!

Career-Technical Education
In urban districts, a new embrace of career and technical programs, Washington Post
There is a rising national profile of high school career and technical education, or CTE. Large urban districts are rethinking and expanding these programs in the wake of the pandemic as students look for more direct, debt-free routes to in-demand careers.

Some Students Are Routinely Denied Challenging Work. The Pandemic Made That Worse, EdWeek
Ever since data about the pandemic’s effect on student learning began to emerge, prominent education groups have pushed for schools to “accelerate” learning as a recovery strategy. But new research adds to the growing body of evidence that schools are struggling to use this approach—a state of affairs that the study’s authors warn could widen academic gaps between groups of students.

Opinion: Additional Funding For Black Students is a Boost to All California Students, Black Voice News
For far too long, Black students have not received the additional support afforded to other populations. The only way to address this problem is through sustainable and longstanding funding, not another temporary funding substitution, writes NAACP San Bernardino President Chaché Wright.

OPINION: Community schools promote equity: We need more of them, Hechinger Report
The U.S. Department of Education has invited applications for $68 million in grants for community schools, representing almost four times more money than was made available in 2018. And the Biden administration said it aims to dedicate as much as $468 million to community schools in 2023.

Colorado district expands ‘equity of opportunity’ through remote classes, K-12 Dive
St. Vrain Valley School District’s AGILE program is in its first year and will allow high schoolers to take high-level courses virtually.

Student Supports
How schools can help learners build social, academic networks, K-12 Dive
Relationship mapping allows students to find trusted and diverse personal sources of social and academic support.

Network helping states explore registered teacher apprenticeships, K-12 Dive
The National Center for Grow Your Own launched a new effort to connect states looking to use the apprenticeship model to combat teacher shortages.

Schools Are Looking in Unusual Places to Deal with Teacher Shortage, Wall Street Journal
Officials turn to virtual teachers, military and college students during tough hiring season.