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Making Good on President Obama's STEM Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Listening to President Obama's State of the Union speech, I was thrilled to hear him emphasize the importance of educating young people to take the reins of tomorrow's workforce. His challenge to schools to create rigorous STEM curricula and build partnerships with businesses and colleges is just how to do...

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Getting Young People Excited about STEM? There's an App for That

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 5:23 PM

The alarming rate of American students' deficiencies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) seems to have reached a national tipping point. Statistics show we're simply not preparing young people with the skills needed to succeed in tomorrow's most promising industries. And, as many U.S. business leaders readily lament, the...

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Promising Work-Based Strategies Start With Committed Business Partners

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 12:41 PM

President Obama's American Jobs Act proposes funding for work-based learning as a way to connect some of our most vulnerable youth to school and to the labor market. Whether or not federal funding materializes, this work needs to be done. And if resources are scarce, business leaders must...

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Building the Skills of an Innovator

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 7:22 PM

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" -Steve Jobs

The world has lost a great inventor and innovative thinker with the passing of Steve Jobs. In his short life, he managed to change the world through technological advances that no one could have ever imagined. Steve Jobs's ability to...

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Ready to Work -- College Degree or Not

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 5:31 PM

In the great debate on what the focus of education should be, it all really comes down to this. There are multiple pathways to success -- be it college, community college, or trade school -- so providing feasible, sensible options is something all states should execute. In the end, it...

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What Drives Successful Professional Development?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:04 PM

Teacher quality is at the top of everyone's minds these days. Most of the mainstream dialogue is about rooting out the bad teachers and the evils of the teachers' unions. While it's easy to understand why this captures people's imaginations -- who is for keeping bad teachers or paying people...

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Pathways to Endless Possibilities

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 4:47 PM

It should be clear by now that a high school education is not enough to prepare students for success in today's workforce, let alone tomorrow's. Many students will go on to four-year colleges, many more will receive other types of post-secondary credentials. For far too many, without guidance, may not...

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When Learning Improves by Leaving the Classroom

(8) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 11:58 AM

Question: What line of work is organized the same way as a typical high school, with time blocks, assigned for specific subjects, for approximately 180 days, over four years, with no flexibility?

Having trouble finding an answer? There aren't many, with the exception of our prison system.

High school is...

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Can We Bridge the Divide Between Accountability and Learning?

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 11:37 AM

The recent award of $330 million in federal funding to two large coalitions for the design of next generation assessment systems aligned to the Common Core State Standards brought a fractious debate back into the spotlight. Many educators get "hot under the collar" when they think of assessments,...

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A Marshall Plan for Education Reform

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 2:55 PM

It's been said before but I'll say it again. To rebuild this economy, we need workers who have the skills needed to be productive and innovative to lead us back to prosperity. But far too many young people drop out of school before even getting the chance to work. We...

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Ready for Career Readiness in the Common Core

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 6:13 PM

Preparing students for college and career readiness is a central and necessary purpose behind the Common Core State Standards. Though central and necessary, and some would say obvious, the 'career readiness' referred to throughout the standards leaves too much room for interpretation.

The key to providing career readiness...

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Hartford Plus Rochester Equals a Match to Accelerate Excellence

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:13 AM

Public education is one of the most important, if not THE most important institutions in a democracy, and it is heartening to see the many things that are working for young people. One of the toughest challenges in public education has been spreading what works.

There's always talk of "sharing...

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