TWEET OF THE WEEK
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
New Documentary: Job Centered Learning
Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, takes a critical look at the wide range of career technical education options some high schools across the U.S. are offering, engaging their students in life changing classroom experiences. This new one hour documentary, which will begin airing on your local PBS station on Sunday, has the potential to add to the national debate around both the vitality of our economy as well as the role schools can play in shaping how a new generation of students can find more meaningful educational experiences, fulfilling livelihoods and worthwhile careers.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Education First released a new report, Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education, a Review of ESSA plans for innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The report analyzes STEM in all 17 submitted ESSA plans and eight draft plans. Of those 25 plans, they found that states focused on four STEM-related policies:
- Including state science assessment results in accountability systems
- Including career- and technical-education indicators in accountability systems
- Including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate indicators in accountability systems
- Requiring or encouraging STEM elements in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.
Find an overview of top findings from reviews of state ESSA plans here.
Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Communications Associate