Tag: Careers

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Chris Sinacola and David Ferreira, co-editors of Pioneer’s new book, Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools. They share information from their new book on the story of the Bay State’s nation-leading voc-tech schools, and how accountability tools from the state’s 1993 education reform law propelled their success. They talk about the pivot from the singular focus on occupational education, to a more balanced approach that required a solid grounding in high-quality reading and math skills. They review Massachusetts’s voc-tech schools’ status as high schools of choice, and how this impacts these schools’ remarkable graduation rates, and high demand. They discuss voc-tech schools’ success at educating special needs students, who enroll in these schools at disproportionately high rates. They explore how best to close racial achievement gaps, and how voc-techs have partnered with businesses and unions alike to help place their students in careers. The interview concludes with a reading from their new book.

Stories of the Week: In New Mexico, the Governor has submitted an education reform plan, after a 2018 court order requiring statewide education reforms to address inequities impacting students with disabilities, English language learners English, Native Americans, low-income students. Has the focus on raising academic achievement pushed out physical education from K-12 schools?

My Grandmother, My Mother, and Me: 100 Years of America

 

This study of three generations, although cherry-picked, subjective, and anecdotal, does tell us something.

  1. Although easier and more luxurious, my life is more complicated than my grandmother’s.
  2. In daily living and career options, the ordinary American citizen has prospered in ways that stagger the imagination.
  3. Families in the ’40s and ’50s  labored to provide housing, food, and clothes, while my increasingly pampered generation fights to keep perspective on what is real and important.

 

This AEI Events Podcast brings you a dynamic and thought-provoking keynote conversation on American education and workforce development featuring Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) and Arizona State University President Michael Crow. This keynote was part of an event hosted at Arizona State convening some of the nation’s foremost education and labor experts.

Globalization, automation, and other emerging technologies are poised to reshape the workplace, the workforce, and work itself. The skills needed today and in the future are dramatically different from those demanded in the past. These changes merit a broader and more responsive education system with stronger alignment to employer needs and more flexibility for individuals seeking new skills as they move from one job to another.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick and John Bailey sit down with Alex Hernandez from the Charter School Growth Fund to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) in charter schools.

Alex first analyses shifts in the charter school sector and explains the difference between the college prep and the CTE models of education [6:26]. Alex then discusses the feasibility of delivering charter school education to workers in need of retraining and to children in rural districts [15:12]. Next, Alex offers his perspective on what needs to be done on the policy front to allow CTE and other educational innovations to flourish [22:08]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Alex [27:12].

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As I begin to bask in the glow (and the boredom) that is summer vacation, I find myself once again at a crossroads.  I have little to no desire to go back the classroom this fall.  By all accounts, I am fairly good at my job both in terms of student reviews, administrator observations, and […]

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A while back I stated space navigation was the art of hindsight. Since so many people asked how that could be, I decided to explain. (Actually, no one asked, but Dime twisted my arm into doing a second hindsight conversation, and I cannot think of anything else.) In space, no one knows where they are.  […]

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Not everyone get a chance to begin again, but sometimes the urge to do so is overwhelming, or the circumstances for the issue, or a window opens up.  A friend of mine, at age 43, is about to enter medical school after working as a lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry for nearly 20 years.  My […]

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Going on a decade ago, I noticed a new book prominently displayed in Costco. It was called The English Rose.  I examined the attractive cover–and immediately turned away, because the author was Madonna. The Madonna of “Like a Virgin” notoriety had penned a book for preteen girls. I didn’t need to look any further, and I […]

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Lately, I’ve been doing some thinking (dangerous pastime, I know).  Up front, you should know that I’m about to turn 43, have rising middle school and high school age kids, and am very much still in my “first career.”  That is to say, I won’t be leaving my “first career” anytime soon, at least voluntarily. […]

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Hello everyone.  Just wanted to pick your minds about a few things.  I turn a whopping 30 tomorrow and upon reflecting on my 20s, I find myself at a bit of a crossroads.  I have spent a large portion of my 20s either getting an education and for the last 6 years of my 20s, […]

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