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Who You Know — 3 Ways Schools Can Foster Competency-Based Education by Focusing on Student Relationships

Competency-based education has seen its fair share of champions over the past decade, offering the promise of a new architecture of learning. As the competency bandwagon continues to get more crowded, however, there is a critical—and too often ignored—through line between competencies and connections.

September 16, 2019 | The 74 Million
What's at stake for colleges as employers rethink hiring and training?

To contend with a reported lack of critical skills internally and among new hires, employers are sharpening their focus on workforce planning. And they expect the types of educational opportunities colleges offer to change.

September 13, 2019 | Education Dive
This Is The One Critical Piece We’re Missing When It Comes To Learning And Deep Understanding

How many times have you sat in a classroom and felt like you were listening to Charlie Brown's teacher? Most of us have sat in classes, business or faculty meetings with the thought, "Not again."

September 13, 2019 | Forbes
Opinion: Setting up a needless barrier to a Cal State education

The California State University is considering a requirement that high school seniors applying to the Cal State system complete an additional math or quantitative reasoning course on top of the academic courses that are currently required by both the Cal State and the University of California for admission. The Cal State board of trustees is set to hear a formal proposal of this change at its meeting later this month, with a vote on the measure planned in November.

September 5, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
Finding ‘Evidence’-Backed ESSA Strategies a Challenge for Districts, Report Finds

School districts are searching for education vendors whose products have evidence to highlight their effectiveness, but it’s often a struggle for them to find a match.

September 4, 2019 | EdWeek
College Board Is Dropping The 'Adversity Score.' Good.

The College Board announced today that it is dropping its recent plan to calculate an "adversity score" for students who take the SAT. David Coleman, CEO of the College Board admitted, "The idea of a single score was wrong. It was confusing and created the misperception that the indicators are specific to an individual student.”

August 22, 2019 | Forbes
Hardship score for college admission gets mixed reaction in California

Embrace the new “adversity score” in college admissions or ignore it? That’s a question that college officials in California and nationwide are debating now.

August 22, 2019 | EdSource
Districts launch CTE programs geared toward middle school

Students start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up early in life, and these ideas are typically related to a career they’ve been exposed to one way or another. That’s why there are so many 4-year-old future policemen and firefighters running around.

August 21, 2019 | Education Dive
Homeless kids, chronic absenteeism, frustrated parents: L.A. Unified is back to school and trying to help

Nearly half a million Los Angeles children and teenagers streamed into more than 1,000 public campuses for a new school year Tuesday, many carrying burdens from the world outside through the schoolyard gates: homelessness, malnutrition and difficulties at home that can contribute to chronic absenteeism, discipline problems and low academic achievement.

August 20, 2019 | LA Times