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What We’re Reading: Week of October 18, 2021

October 22, 2021

This week, Linked Learning Alliance’s President and CEO Anne Stanton was featured in The 74 Million, where she wrote alongside the Lumina Foundation’s Chanucy Lennon that K-12 and higher education systems must work together to support young people as they transition to postsecondary education. We also share articles on the importance of civic education, a new handbook on social-emotional learning from the US Department of Education, and more. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading with us!

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Linked Learning in the News
Rising HS Dropout Rates & Declining Community College Enrollment Are Twin COVID Crises. How to Fix the Broken Education Pipeline, The 74 Million
Clarity, guidance & relevance are what students seek at both the high school and college levels. Our education system owes them all three, and it needs to deliver them acting as a united force, writes Lumina Foundation's Chauncy Lennon and Linked Learning Alliance's Anne Stanton.

Civic Education
How to Teach Older Students Social-Emotional Skills? Try Civics, EdWeek
Not only are the skills cultivated through social-emotional learning the same behaviors that power civic engagement, but the reverse is also true: Civic engagement can be a meaningful way to teach and reinforce social and emotional skills.

Report: Schools' role in promoting civic engagement growing more important, K-12 Dive
School leaders have a responsibility to promote civic education, even during times when there is hyper-partisanship and harsh rhetoric, said a new report published in the journal Democracy & Education that focused on the importance of K-12 educators’ roles in preserving democracy.

How To Better Serve Latino Students, Strada Education Network
Excelencia in Education recommends institutions consider five practices to improve Hispanic students’ success.

Higher Education
From Community College to Highly Selective Institutions: Bridging the Transfer Gap, Inside Higher Ed
At the nation’s selective private institutions, community college transfers make up fewer than one in every 1,000 students, even though they are just as likely to excel academically and graduate as their peers who entered as freshmen.

If Not Now, When?: The Urgent Need for an All-One-System Approach to Youth Policy, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
In the current fragmented system, pre-K–12, postsecondary education, and the workforce operate in silos that allow many young people to fall through the cracks. In its place, the country needs an all-one-system approach that supports youth on their journey through education and training and into careers.

Student Supports
Why High School SEL Programs Feel ‘Lame'—and How to Fix Them, EdWeek
The big problem, researchers and practitioners say, is that too much of what constitutes SEL learning feels patronizing to teenagers and fails to address their core psychological needs and motivations: developing an identity and sense of agency, being recognized and respected by peers, finding ways to excel, and committing to specific goals and activities.

U.S. Department of Education issues handbook to help schools address students’ mental health needs, EdSource
Calling the student mental health crisis “critical,” the U.S. Department of Education released a detailed guidebook to help schools improve students’ social and emotional well-being.

Work-Based Learning
How My Virtual Internship Prepared Me in Ways I Never Imagined, Diverse Education
Although COVID-19 curtailed my education experience, it did not stop me from pursuing a meaningful internship to advance my career, writes high schooler Amy Tochimani on her virtual internship experience.