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What We’re Reading: Week of June 6, 2022

June 10, 2022 | Linked Learning Alliance

Happy Friday, Linked Learning Field! This week, we reflect on stories including the Gates Foundation AccelerateED Grants, the teacher pipeline, the emphasis on recruiting and retaining educators of color, and more. We are also excited to share an EdSource piece highlighting the value of the Golden State Pathway Program proposed in Gov. Newsom's State Budget. Have a great weekend and, as always, thank you for reading with us.

Linked Learning in the News
Pathways to Postsecondary and Economic Success; a Golden Opportunity for College Students, EdSource
Long Beach USD Superintendent Jill Baker and Oakland USD Superintendent Kayla Johnson-Trammell write about the proposed $2 billion in funding for Golden State Pathways and dual enrollment in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 budget. This would be a vital investment in both California students during a pivotal stage of their development and in the workforce counting on these adolescents to help them innovate and succeed.

Civic Engagement
Buher: Now is the Moment for a New Children’s Rights Movement,The 74
America's young people are victims of the dissonance between government leaders' purported commitment to children and kids' actual lives, writes Andrew Buher.

High School
We need to stop teaching high school subjects separately, K-12 Dive
Teaching subjects in isolation limit students' learning potential. English teacher Alyssa McKee shares her experience with subject pairing, and how students can make connections we may never have even thought about incorporating into the classroom.

Higher Education
After high school, then what? New grants making the 13th year possible, Forbes
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded its Accelerated ED grants to 12 winners. Many students lack access to education beyond high school due to high tuition costs, so each grant provides $175,000 to support dual enrollment, a more accessible but still engaging alternative for many.

California has tens of billions more in funding for its TK-12 schools. Is that enough to keep teachers from leaving?, EdSource
If policymakers fail to use this surplus of funds to attract and retain educators, to build up a profession that has been battered by Covid, the talented individuals needed to lead our schools and educate our kids will be lost, writes Angella Martinez.

What information would help you plan your education path? California wants to know, EdSource
The team behind California’s plan to connect the state’s fragmented education data, an effort known as Cradle-to-Career, began hosting public discussions on June 8 to hear what users may want from the system’s new data dashboards and tools.

Teacher Pipeline
Feds lay out 5-point plan to help districts find more teachers, District Administration
The Biden administration intends to partner with districts to expand teachers' residencies, access to curricular materials, and mental health supports for students.

Make Teaching a True Pathway to the Middle Class for Young Latino Teachers, The 74
We are losing an entire generation of teachers of color, at a time when the diversity of our students continues to grow. Daniel Velasco writes how the real measure of whether or not we are able to build back our education system from this pandemic will lie in whether or not we are able to recruit and retain more Black, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and indigenous educators in the years to come.

Report says Los Angeles Unified should focus on recruiting, retaining Black educators, EdSource
Los Angeles Unified School District should direct its focus to supporting, retaining and recruiting Black teachers, according to an independent analysis released last month.

This week's What We're Reading was brought to you by Stella Malone, the Linked Learning Alliance's Communications Intern.