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The path to a career could start in middle school

Preparing students for a changing workforce is one of the goals behind a movement to get kids thinking about their career plans at a younger age. A growing number of states and school districts now require students to take career exploration classes in middle school.

November 22, 2022 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: Inequality is still at the heart of student NAEP score performance

Huge gaps are even more apparent post-pandemic, but there are also new lessons in resiliency, writes Girls Inc president and CEO Stephanie J. Hull.

November 15, 2022 | Hechinger Report
TEACHER VOICE: In tough times for teachers, let’s change the way we talk about our work

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how challenging the work is. And that’s good. New teachers should know what they’re getting into. But are we scaring away people who could be amazing educators, asks Ronak Shah, a seventh grade science teacher in Indianapolis.

November 8, 2022 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: Parents and students need more information about pathways to college and careers

Research has shown that exposure like this makes students not only more likely to complete high school, but also more likely to enroll in college. Despite promising evidence, however, there remains little information accessible to families about the availability and quality of CTE high school programs.

November 7, 2022 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: Often overlooked vocational-tech schools provide great solutions to student debt, labor shortages

A startling 3 million skilled trades jobs will sit unfilled by 2028. Traditional public schools alone aren’t responsible for the student debt or skilled labor crises — but a longstanding Massachusetts education experiment has shown promise at addressing both.

November 1, 2022 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: U.S. high schools must take note and take action after dismal NAEP score report

Given the unprecedented level of student need reflected by the NAEP score report, we must rethink how high schools organize, implement and refine their strategies to support students, writes Robert Balfanz and Angela Jerabek.

October 28, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Time to stop weeding out first- and second-year STEM students and ending careers before they begin

The education system graduates disproportionately low numbers of Black, Latino, Indigenous and women students in STEM majors. Weed-out courses are the first leak in the higher education pipeline preventing these groups from entering STEM professions, writes Senegal Alfred Mabry.

October 25, 2022 | Hechinger Report
To fight teacher shortages, some states are looking to community colleges to train a new generation of educators

In Washington and a handful of other states, would-be teachers can now earn their degrees from community colleges, part of an effort to help diversify the profession.

October 6, 2022 | Hechinger Report
How some liberal arts colleges are adding work-focused courses students want

Small colleges hope that joining the sharing economy can help keep them afloat.

October 6, 2022 | Hechinger Report