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What We’re Reading: Week of October 4, 2021

October 8, 2021

This week, we share stories about more deeply integrating career-technical education, the impact of COVID-19 on high school graduation rates, getting disconnected youth back on track, and more. Have a wonderful long weekend, and thanks for reading with us!

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Career-Technical Education
How educators can better connect with their school's CTE programs, K-12 Dive
Knowing the critical role CTE will play in the near future and the impact on the long-term health of the nation's essential industries, it's important that academic teachers, counselors and administrators take steps to interact more with their school's CTE programs and better integrate them into the school community, writes National Center for Construction Education and Research's Jonathan Arnholz.

How will pandemic learning impact graduation rates long-term?, K-12 Dive
According to the 2021 Building A Grad Nation report from the America’s Promise Alliance, an estimated 3 million students stopped going to school altogether when the COVID-19 pandemic forced a transition to virtual learning.

Higher Education
Strategizing for Success: Guided Pathways Connect Education to Careers, Diverse Education
The Guided Pathways program is designed not only to get students successfully through their educational journey but to help them graduate with a firm plan in hand and a working knowledge of the career opportunities available in each major.

Middle School
Middle school minds: Figuring out who you are in the midst of global turmoil, Hechinger Report
Middle school is already a turbulent time for many young people. How will COVID-19 impact their experiences?

How 2 middle schools are prioritizing SEL for teenage students, K-12 Dive
Educators in these Minnesota and Tennessee schools have integrated SEL curriculum throughout the day — with exercises included for staff, as well.

Workforce Development
Get Our Nation’s Disconnected Youth Back on Track to Economic Mobility, Real Clear Education
Today, more than 4.4 million young people ages 16-24 are disconnected from society - neither working nor in school. Many more students lack access to critical opportunities and relationships to discover their potential. Now, help is on the way for today’s young people, with the introduction of the bipartisan Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2021.

Youth registered apprenticeships in cybersecurity, WorkingNation
On this week’s WorkingNation podcast, Mark Ouellette, program manager, Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Program, shares insights into how we can bring more young people into the field of cybersecurity.