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Learning to work: New program bridges the divide between K-12 and careers

A program designed to give students more work-based learning experiences was launched Monday by the U.S. Departments of Education, Commerce and Labor. “Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success Initiative,” supported by an initial $5.6 million in funding, will also offer administrators updated guidance on using federal funds to develop and expand registered apprenticeships and other career pathways connected to in-demand industries such as advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

November 14, 2022 | District Administration
Biden Administration Urges Schools to Expand Apprenticeships and Career Learning

The “Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success” initiative includes an additional $5.6 million through the federal Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides around $1.2 billion annually in career and technical education. The Perkins funding, along with funds from the $120 billion allocated to K-12 schools through the American Rescue Plan, will be used to expand and support work-based learning opportunities.

November 14, 2022 | EdWeek
Accelerated Learning — Schools’ Answer for ‘Learning Loss’ — Hits Some Speed Bumps

According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, accelerated learning simply requires more. More staff, more resources, more energy, more buy-in from teachers.

November 14, 2022 | EdSurge
Cautious optimism about workforce education after the midterm elections

Advocates at both the state and federal levels hope to see continued momentum on efforts to create more high-quality education and job-training options for low-income Americans.

November 10, 2022 | Work Shift
State announces four new planning grants to streamline transition from education to career

The state announced the recipients of $1 million in planning grants aimed at streamlining the transition from K-12 schools to college and career. The Department of General Services (DGS) announced that it would be awarding $250,000 each to collaboratives in the Bay Area, Central Coast, Northern San Joaquin and Eastern Sierra regions.

November 10, 2022 | EdSource
Growing numbers of California high schoolers dual enroll in college courses, but access uneven statewide

Earning college credit in high school can be a powerful tool for exposing students to universities and helping them get a leg up on tuition and earning a degree. But access to those courses remains uneven across California.

November 10, 2022 | EdSource
Breaking Down the Walls to Teaching: Alternative Pipelines Boom

Residencies, fellowships, and grow-your-own programs bring more diverse educators into the profession, help vacancies in STEM, special education

November 9, 2022 | The 74 Million
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
Windfall for arts education with the likely passage of Prop 28

California K-12 schools will get a windfall of nearly $1 billion annually for drama, music and other arts programs, thanks to the likely passage of Proposition 28 on Tuesday.

November 8, 2022 | EdSource