October 2012

October 2012


Forum – Fostering College and Career Readiness through Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities, Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This forum will highlight programs and policy efforts that are helping students strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for college and careers through learning opportunities that occur beyond the school day. The Indiana Statewide Afterschool Network, in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, has made college and career readiness an explicit aim in its statewide efforts through the development of college and career readiness afterschool standards and other tools to help afterschool programs across the state. The Starfish Initiative in Indianapolis, Indiana provides four years of support to promising low-income students through programming that includes dedicated mentors, college campus visits and college and career readiness assessments. Ninety eight percent of Starfish program participants go on to college. After School Matters in Chicago, Illinois provides project-based apprenticeship opportunities for public high school students through a network of public-private partnerships that enable students to gain valuable career exposure and skill development. Research has shown After School Matters participants to have lower incidence of problem behaviors, a stronger sense of connection to school and a higher perceived value of school and academics compared to their peers.

Presenters will include Debbie Zipes, Executive Director, Indiana Afterschool Network; Robert Kizer, President and CEO, Starfish Initiative; and Mary Ellen Caron, CEO of After School Matters. To register, click here. (Please note: this is an in-person event, not a webinar).


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Congressional Briefing 7 Video, PowerPoint, Glossary of Terms, and Resource List: Teacher Pipeline, with Ed Crowe, Senior Advisor for the Teaching Fellows Program, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Arthur McKee, Managing Director, Teacher Preparation Studies, National Council on Teacher Quality

This briefing discussed current efforts to support the development of a strong teacher pipeline and addresses federal initiatives that support it. It provided an overview of the critical issues impacting the development and retention of effective teachers; highlighted the key efforts ongoing at the national level to improve our teacher pipeline; review the research about what innovative practices are yielding results across the country; described the major federal policy initiatives related to teacher education and development; and examined the role of the federal government in supporting future improvements in the teacher pipeline. Included on this page are presenter PowerPoints and a Glossary of Terms and Resource List related to the teacher pipeline.


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Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

This report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute suggests there are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages and that do not require a four-year degree. The report explores in detail five essential Career and Technical Education pathways that lead to these jobs: employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associate’s degrees.

The Flashlight!: A New Blog from the Data Quality Campaign DQC

This new blog from DQC addresses key actions for education reform and the implications of each state’s responsibility to its education data consumers. In addition to weekly blog posts, Flashlight! includes “Data Flashes” that will share important education data news from around the country.

The Role of Student Learning Outcomes for Institutional Accountability and Transparency Pathways to College Network

Given the need to ensure degree quality, the assessment of student learning has expanded beyond the traditional purview of institutions and accrediting bodies, and is now being taken up by numerous postsecondary stakeholders such as government agencies, foundations, and businesses. Institutional accountability is hardly a new concept. Yet a number of forces at play today have public officials and individual students and their families asking tough questions: Is the public and private investment in higher education resulting in the development of knowledge and skills that are commensurate with this investment and aligned with employer needs? Does the traditional higher education learning model meet the needs of our increasingly diverse society? This brief is a product of Pathways to College Network discussions on this issue and provides partners and their constituents with guideposts for the complexity of student learning outcomes.

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2011 ACT, Inc.

Since 1959, ACT has collected and reported data on students’ academic readiness for college. Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT test scores, this report provides national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2011 who took the ACT in high school.

Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities National League of Cities

This new report developed by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families offers municipal leaders a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively. The report includes a wealth of information and advice for city leaders and a growing library of online resources, including: a summary of the top four uses of management information systems that support high-quality afterschool programs; a “how-to” manual, including straightforward instructions for sourcing, implementing and expanding a management information system; strategies for negotiating privacy and security concerns; and a comparison of six leading commercial MIS vendors.

NCLB Waivers and Accountability Center on Education Policy

CEP has released two reports examining issues related to the accountability systems that approved waiver states have created with NCLB waiver requirements. The first report, What Impact Will NCLB Waivers Have on the Consistency, Complexity, and Transparency of State Accountability Systems?, compares the new accountability provisions in the waiver states with those in the NCLB statute. The report focuses on the complexity, transparency, and consistency of the new accountability systems in the waiver states, both on their own terms and in comparison with the NCLB statutory requirements. The second report, Accountability Issues to Watch under NCLB Waivers, highlights issues to lookout for over the next few years as states with waivers implement new accountability systems. For each of the issues discussed, the possible implications for public education systems, teachers, and students are considered.

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