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What We’re Reading: Week of October 11, 2021

October 15, 2021

This week, check out stories on the role COVID-19 may be playing in bringing new attention to career-technical education, how we define success in higher education, getting parents invested in project-based learning, and more. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading with us!

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Career-Technical Education
Has COVID-19 finally brought skilled trades into the spotlight?, WorkingNation
Over the past 18 months, skilled tradespeople have been keeping life going. Will there be renewed attention to career-technical education?

Students Learned So Much More During the Pandemic Than We Realize. Just Ask Them., EdSurge
What we've learned is that two things can be true at the same time. The shift to online school led to struggle for many, and it led young people to act creatively and with ingenuity, writes University of Colorado professors.

Higher Education
Most college students don’t graduate in four years, so college and the government count six years as “success”, Hechinger Report
As the White House proposes spending billions to improve completion rates, colleges measure successful graduation rates at six and even eight years.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs $123.9 billion package to support K-12 education, EdSource
The 22-bill package will increase broadband infrastructure, develop mental and behavioral health support, and add a new high school graduation requirement.

Getting Parents Excited About Project-Based Learning, Edutopia
Teachers can use these handy talking points to move parents from being skeptical about PBL to “why didn’t I get to do this in school?”

Student Supports
Middle and High School Students Need Social-Emotional Learning, Too. Are They Getting It?, EdWeek
Experts in social-emotional learning and child development say the secondary school years are a crucial time to focus on teaching skills, such as responsible decision making, emotional management, and nurturing relationships.

Work-Based Learning
From IT to property management, paid internships are connecting teens to careers, WorkingNation
Urban Alliance has placed over 6,000 teenagers in internships and has trained more than 21,000 in workforce skills.