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College and Career Readiness

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.

Why Career Planning Belongs at the White House College Opportunity Summit

Jessica Pliska | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Jessica Pliska

It isn't every day I head to the White House and share ideas with the President and First Lady, but on Thursday I'm attending the White House Summit on College Opportunity, discussing ways to strengthen the college-to-career pipeline for low-income students.

Common Core Proponents Were Motivated by Inadequate State Standards, Not Gates Money

Bob Wise | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Bob Wise

Back in 2006, I was present at the first meeting of state organizations and educators to discuss the possibility of states developing a common set of education standards that were more rigorous than what states were currently using.

It Is Not Just About Finding a Job, It Is About Finding a Fit

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

They can learn some of the workplace social and negotiating skills from these encounters which are relatively low-risk. But they can also learn explicitly by asking questions and for guidance. Just learning how to ask questions is a workplace skill.

College Is Not Just for Kids Anymore

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

People think of education as something the young engage in, but education is right at any age. Changes in the workplace have meant that the skills once adequate from a high school degree are no longer the skills that will allow for advancement today.

School-Business Collaboration as a Model for Supporting Public Education

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Michael Haberman

As we come to the end of this whirlwind year in education reform, leading education blogger Alexander Russo recently summarized The Most Notable Educa...

Registering for Classes Is a Workplace Skill -- Really

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

What is interesting is that managing all the aspects of your college career are like a job. They are training for all the things you will be expected to do in your personal and professional life later. You can feel good about yourself and your skills when you get it right.

Note to New NYC Mayor: Continue Bloomberg's Focus on Our Schools

Michael Haberman | Posted 12.14.2013 | New York
Michael Haberman

By continuing to make schools a citywide priority -- and by tying them to the future of this City -- Bloomberg inspired everyone from private citizens to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEO's to realize that they can and must do something to help.

Can Innovative Partnerships Close America's Skills Gap?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

This summer, Wheelock College hosted a planning workshop for a first-of-its-kind partnership that unites Massachusetts students with high-demand field...

Are Colleges to Blame?

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Employers are not happy with their new hires among young people. The issues range from the inability to communicate well, manage multiple priorities and problem-solve to being self-serving and seeking salaries above what they are worth.

The Good News and the Bad News About College Students and Technology

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

I am ancient. I remember when I typed my 85-page senior honors thesis on a Corona typewriter sitting in my dorm room, record player blaring as I sang ...

The Folly of a Preemptive & Deceptive Attack on Diane Ravitch's New Book

Kevin Welner | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Kevin Welner

Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.

Ravitch Redux

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York
Peter Cunningham

Change is hard. Raising standards is hard. Evaluating ourselves and our schools is hard. Facing the truth about the quality of education we provide is hard. But denying and distorting the truth only makes it worse for children.

Fixing the School-Business Breakdown

Michael Haberman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Even if educators and business leaders initially speak different languages, we're all saying the same thing: we need better-prepared graduates and employees, with the skills, preparation, and qualities needed to support a thriving economy.

Seven Big Mistakes College Students Make

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College students have been known to make all kinds of mistakes, including stupid ones usually involving too much beer. Here are seven scenarios where not speaking up can be a disaster. They play out far too often on campuses daily.

Entering the 'Is College Worth It' Debate

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

The debate seems to have moved from "how to fix it" to the question of "is it worth fixing."

Texas Turns Back the Clock?

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.

The College Declaration of Independence

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 05.06.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College is a time of transition. Adolescents are ready to take on more responsibility for themselves and have to learn sometimes that there are consequences for actions. But college is a relatively safe space to learn those lessons.

Preparing Students for College, Jobs, and Success

Sheila Simon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Adapting to higher standards and raising expectations may prove challenging, but they are the steps we must take so that our kids are successful in high schools and prepared for colleges and careers. Readiness is worth a celebration.

Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.

Reading the Tea Leaves: Preparing Now for the Jobs That Don't Exist Yet

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Shouldn't students learn specific skill sets that will set them up to grab the jobs available right now -- especially where there are gaps in the STEM-related fields? When we make this case to drive students to these particular fields of endeavor we forget four key things.

Minnesota Task Force Recommends Dropping Math Graduation Exam

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

A state education task force is urging the Minnesota Legislature to drop the state’s high-stakes math exit exam after a Minneapolis school district ...

The New Definition of Career Readiness

Tim Hodges | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Tim Hodges

There are few jobs in our economy where the knowledge and skills necessary for getting hired are still sufficient several years later. Today's world of education and work requires constant acquisition of new skills, education and experiences to prepare for the inevitable changes that will occur.

Study: Dual Enrollment Students More Likely To Attend, Graduate College

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A report by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future urges policymakers to expand dual enrollment after determining that high school stude...

Report Highlights States' Efforts To Ensure College- And Career-Readiness

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

For its seventh annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report, Achieve surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their college- and...