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College and Career Readiness

Inquiring Minds Succeed

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.12.2016 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

The expression "inquiring minds want to know" came, ironically, from an ad campaign for the National Enquirer which has actually been known more for s...

Oxymoron: Work and Joy? Thoughts for Graduates Entering the Work Force.

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

In the 1970s a reporter/historian named Studs Terkel did interviews with dozens of people from every walk of life from executives to steel workers, so...

Student Initiative: Embracing Undergraduate Leadership

Dr. Tyson Beale | Posted 06.07.2016 | Education
Dr. Tyson Beale

The strength of American colleges and universities are dependent on the outcomes and trajectory of the students served. Based on literature reports, i...

What Students Like Me Really Need

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 06.01.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By Anna Populorum "As a student, I'm told where I need to go, but not how to get there. What kids like me really need is guidance. We need a commun...

A Diploma, a Degree, and a Job Offer from IBM: One P-TECH Student's Experience

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By: Janiel Richards I was born in Trinidad and began my life in America at the age of two. Like many families, my parents came to New York seeking...

How My Urban Alliance Mentor Helped Me Succeed

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 04.12.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By Tray McGhaney I first joined Urban Alliance, a program that places high school students with paid internships, my junior year in high school. For...

The Cost of Our College Obsession

Chase Mielke | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Chase Mielke

American education has a faith problem.  No, I'm not talking about the debates about religion and to what extent it influences schools.  I'm talking about the blind, unquestioning faith we have to the God of educational purpose: College.

ACT's College and Career Readiness Standards

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.22.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On February 11, 2016, the Fordham Institute published its idea of a report on how well a number of assessments align with the Common Core State Standa...

Failure is Not a Person: How A Mentor Can Change a Life

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Throughout my life, growing up in the 8th ward of Washington, D.C., a lot of events could have broken me--coping with drug use in my home and losing my mother, who was my strongest supporter, at the age of 14.

Preparing Students for College, Careers of Today

Matthew Randazzo | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Matthew Randazzo

Our communities depend on the quality of educational opportunities to thrive. Yet far too many students in our country never make it to college or arrive on college campuses ill-prepared for the academic rigors of post-secondary course work.

Supporting Great Teaching During Change

Teach Plus | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?

Adult Learning Matters

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.09.2016 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We are days away from the New Tech Network (NTN) Annual Conference (NTAC) ─ six days of learning, professional development and collaboration among educators from more than half of the US states and Australia and China.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

To Meet New Student Standards, We Must Support and Empower Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Moir

We have at our doorstep, a once in a century opportunity for education in America. Almost every state in America is introducing higher, more rigorous standards for all students.

Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

As members of very different "camps" on school reform, we think there is more common ground than has yet been evident in the political process surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its later iteration, No Child Left Behind.

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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.