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What We're Reading: Week of September 27, 2021

October 4, 2021

Happy October, Linked Learning field! In this week’s What We’re Reading, we share articles covering COVID-19’s impact on high school graduates, computer science course access in California high schools, dual enrollment, and more. Plus, a very special video highlighting a Linked Learning teacher named Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year! Thanks for reading with us.

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Linked Learning in the News
Teacher of the Year 2021: Rafael Cruz, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Rafael Cruz, a Linked Learning teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School, has been named a 2021 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Mr. Cruz!

Listening to Recent High School Grads: ‘Be Mindful of What We Have Gone Through’, Strada Education Network
Drawing on a nationwide survey and interviews with 2020 and 2021 high school graduates who have delayed their education plans, Strada Education Network learned that while most students ultimately plan to enroll in postsecondary education, their experiences with the pandemic have prompted them to reassess their educational paths and sharpen their focus on career and financial outcomes.

The COVID Constituency: Emerging Priorities for Education Leaders, The Hunt Institute
The Hunt Institute has released a comprehensive report on how the pandemic has impacted the entire education continuum and how parents, families, and communities are thinking about education moving forward.

The California Computer Science Access Report, Kapor Center
The California Computer Science Access Report found that 42% of California high schools offer computer science classes, a 3 percentage point gain from 2016. However, California still lags nationally in computer science course access, and only 13% of California high schools offered an advanced placement computer science class.

Higher Education
‘Connecting College and Careers’: An Inside Higher Ed Report, Inside Higher Ed
A new report from Inside Higher Ed aims to shed light on some of the most promising experiments to give graduates a boost as they seek well-paying jobs, particularly students who are women or people of color.

The post-pandemic future of college? It’s on campus and online., Washington Post
Higher education students are back, but their classes are a remarkable mix of virtual and in person. Will this hybrid model persist after COVID-19?

Enhancing the Impact of the Build Back Better Act Integrating College in High School Programs, The Alliance for Excellent Education
College in high school programs, such as dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school, are proven mechanisms for increasing postsecondary program enrollment and completion and an essential strategy for addressing the serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary enrollment and success.