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One state offers lessons in how to cope with the college enrollment crisis

With the highest median age of any state, Maine has seen an estimated 10 percent decline over the last 10 years in its number of new high school graduates. Yet UMaine has managed to increase its undergraduate enrollment during that period by about 5 percent. And the state’s community colleges, which depend on the same dwindling supply of learners, are reporting record numbers of applications for the fall.

August 28, 2022 | Hechinger Report
An internship helped catapult me from homelessness to a full-time job

I am where I am now because of an internship opportunity through Compton College, and because Los Angeles County Social Services and Compton College’s education programs created a pathway that allowed me to achieve a better life for myself and my family, writes Jairo Salgado.

August 23, 2022 | Hechinger Report
There are lots of bad ideas for solving the teacher shortage, but not enough for improving the profession

Let’s stop making matters worse and try to do more to keep US teachers in the classroom, writes Anne Lutz Fernandez.

August 16, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Community schools promote equity: We need more of them

The U.S. Department of Education has invited applications for $68 million in grants for community schools, representing almost four times more money than was made available in 2018. And the Biden administration said it aims to dedicate as much as $468 million to community schools in 2023.

August 15, 2022 | Hechinger Report
How higher education lost its shine

There has been a significant and steady drop nationwide in the proportion of high school graduates enrolling in college in the fall after they finish high school — from a high of 70 percent in 2016 to 63 percent in 2020, the most recent year for which the figure is available, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

August 10, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Social and emotional learning may be the latest buzzword, but it’s really just good teaching

SEL has been and always will be central to good teaching, no matter what it is called, writes veteran educator Hayley Lindner.

August 9, 2022 | Hechinger Report
TEACHER VOICE: With hands-on activities, my chemistry students are building cities of the future

Four years ago, Gabrielino High School chemistry teacher David Cameron found my game-changer: a design-based, cross-curricular learning methodology rooted in principles of social justice and the physical world. It assumes what he has found to be true: that all types of learners have the capacity to become creative and critical thinkers.

July 26, 2022 | Hechinger Report
A ‘summer camp’ for teachers fills a gap in environmental education

Nicholls State’s department of teacher education, in partnership with Louisiana State University’s school of education and the Louisiana Sea Grant program based at the university, was awarded a two-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant for the project. The project will use place-based learning to provide professional development to teachers across the state by establishing a partnership between science researchers and educators to create lessons on Louisiana’s environmental issues, educate teachers about the state’s coastal challenges and unique ecosystems, and teach them how to collect, analyze and contribute to a database of environmental samples.

July 21, 2022 | Hechinger Report
The new labor market: No bachelor’s required?

More workers without degrees are landing jobs they’d have been shut out of before. Will it last?

July 8, 2022 | Hechinger Report