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Seizing the moment to address equity gaps in apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can help more Americans get on a path to economic security, write Cameron Johnson and Emily Andrews of CLASP. But to do so, the programs have to be designed for equity.

November 16, 2022 | Work Shift
How Rethinking Industry-Recognized Credentials Can Help Boost Student Success

Schools could use a more flexible system that acknowledges student intent when it comes to career certificates and credentials, writes Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Amber M. Northern. One sensible solution is to offer exploratory courses, followed by a hierarchy of credentials that differentiates among the type and purpose of each.

November 15, 2022 | The 74 Million
The Status of the Teaching Profession Is at a 50-Year Low. What Can We Do About It?

In a new paper, researchers at Brown University and the University at Albany compiled and analyzed decades’ worth of national data from more than a dozen sources about factors like teachers’ morale, the perceived prestige of the profession, and interest in entering the field, to create an annual profile of the profession between 1970 and 2022.

November 15, 2022 | EdWeek
How a Black Student Achievement counselor is closing opportunity gaps

The Black Student Achievement liaison was highlighted on a list of advisory time and intervention innovations in the “Leading Forward” report by former longtime principal and National Association of Secondary School Principals president Gregg Wieczorek, who recently visited schools in every state looking for low-cost initiatives to overcome the common challenges faced by K-12 educators.

November 15, 2022 | District Administration
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
The Nation's 'Report Card' on Remote Learning

On the first nationwide test of American students since the pandemic, scores plummeted to levels not seen in 20 years. The results show how challenging it was to keep students on track during the pandemic. What do the scores tell us about remote learning, who lost the most ground academically, and what can schools do to help students recover?

November 14, 2022 | New York Times
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