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While Black students account for 15 percent of all public schools students in the U.S., Black teachers make up just 7 percent of the teacher workforce. Worse, teachers who identify as Black men make up less than 2 percent of the workforce. To reach proportional parity between Black teachers and students, we would need 280,000 more Black teachers in our public schools.
A pilot partnership among colleges, companies and the American Council on Education aims to help people pursue both college and on-the-job training. The Apprenticeship Pathways project takes apprenticeships—experiences that companies design that pay people wages to learn while they work—and translates them into free college credits.
The “blurring” of secondary and postsecondary education could point to a new way forward: a model that is neither high school nor community college but a combination of the two that saves students time and money, while offering them new kinds of guided support and preparation for careers, writes JFF's Joel Vargas.
Only about 2 percent of U.S. Ph.D.s in science and tech disciplines are going to African Americans each year. Freeman Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is working hard to change that.
The academic year is winding down at schools and colleges, and some instructors are rethinking their usual approach to final exams to fit this unprecedented time.
A new initiative called “Credential As You Go” aims to shift this status quo by making it easier for students and workers to earn recognition for their learning—in increments smaller than the colossal college degree.
We must re-examine whether our efforts are actually preparing students for the world in which they will live and, equally important, whether we are preparing them to make adult decisions that are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, writes Doron Markus and Chris Link
With corporations unable to hire and hold on to enough workers to fill jobs in IT, cyber security and software development, a shift may be underway. More companies are assuming the costs and risks of preparing people for entry-level technology roles by offering apprenticeships.
The phrase “learning loss” has become as widespread as “you’re on mute” in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the solutions being proposed to address "learning loss" not only lack in evidence, but also they leave out the most important influence on student learning—the teacher.