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Dual enrollment thrives in Central Valley area where few earn college degrees

Kern Community College District has one of the state’s most extensive and fastest-growing dual enrollment programs. There were 8,086 dually enrolled high school students in fall 2021, making it the second in size only to the Los Angeles Community College District.

November 30, 2022 | EdSource
Youth Apprenticeships Are Growing, But Disparities Remain. How Can Districts Help?

A recent report from the nonprofit Jobs for the Future found he number of new youth apprentices grew between 2010 and 2020. But the progress in the number of available apprenticeships—programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor that give participants paid, on-the-job training that often lead directly to a job upon completion—is overshadowed by sustained disparities among participants and their outcomes including wages the Jobs of the Future report says.

November 30, 2022 | EdWeek
Missing an Opportunity: Ed Dept. Criticized by GAO for Teacher Shortage Strategy

In recent report, GAO finds key recruitment, retention challenges impacting the profession, and why current federal strategy lacks teeth to succeed.

November 29, 2022 | The 74 Million
College completion rates stall at 62.3%, report finds

The six-year completion rate for undergraduates who started college in 2016 reached 62.3%, the highest level this decade but only 0.1 percentage point above the previous year’s cohort, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

November 29, 2022 | K-12 Dive
A ‘Fiercely Compassionate’ Approach to Student Mental Health

Children are feeling more anxious than ever. How teachers can change their thinking to help them, writes psychologist Dr. Danielle Budash Newkam.

November 29, 2022 | The 74 Million
STUDENT VOICE: For hope and direction, Black middle schoolers need role models that look like them

There’s been a lot of talk about how teachers need to better reflect the student bodies they teach. When I look around, it doesn’t seem as if we’ve made much progress, writes student mentor Ricardo Da Fonseca.

November 28, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Why many high school graduates don’t feel ready for college and career decisions

Industry leaders say their number-one challenge is a shrinking talent pool, but making college and career decisions intimidates many high school graduates, according to a poll released this morning. A startling three-quarters of high school grads say they do not feel prepared to make these important choices about their futures, according to a survey conducted by YouScience.

November 28, 2022 | District Administration
Showing Students Career Pathways to Teaching

To increase the number of prospective teachers, some districts are offering high school students a clear path to a teaching career.

November 28, 2022 | Edutopia
How 4 districts are infusing equitable practices into accelerated learning

A district guide from The Education Trust focuses on five key areas for advancing equity and rigor in the use of American Rescue Plan funds.

November 23, 2022 | K-12 Dive