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March 26, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 2: Readiness is Real
This is the second in a short series of blogs about the right to readiness
Let’s define it by what it is, not by what it isn’t.
March 24, 2015
Playing Nicely With Others: Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning
Competnecy based learning is no longer just about math and reading, it also incorporates social emotional learning which measures a number of areas, like manging ...
March 23, 2015
Winning Habits for School and Life
Watch this awesome video from What Kids Can Do (WKCD) using youth voices to talk about critical social and emotional skills like managing stress, motivation, ...
March 20, 2015
Building the soft skills for success
We know that reading and math are fundamental skills that children should learn, but what about soft skills like communication and team work? The Pew Research Center ...
March 20, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 1: I’ve Played it Safe
Let’s stop playing it safe. Readiness is more than a goal; it’s a right
. This isn’t just an outward call to action. ...
March 19, 2015
Readiness as a Right: A Four-Part Exploration of our Work
If you’re like us, you want to challenge and be challenged. You’re here because you believe there are better ways to get every young person ready for ...
March 18, 2015
7 things every kid should master
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
March 10, 2015
Juvenile Justice Solutions Should Always Start with Positive Youth Development
Positive Youth Development is a youth justice system that focuses on a young person's strengths and positive development rather than a deficit-based correctional ...
March 9, 2015
All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color
In communities across the country, demonstrators have peacefully organized to protest against violence. These protests are being done in an effort to demonstrate that ...
February 27, 2015
Benefits of Social-Emotional Programs Far Outweigh Their Costs, Study Finds
What happens when schools invest more in social-emotional learning programs such as positive action, life skills training and responsive classroom? The programs ...
February 12, 2015
Empowering Youth to Chart their Course to Readiness
For students whose lives and learning styles make traditional school hard, Boston Day and Evening Academy's competency-based approach to learning is making a big ...
January 22, 2015
Op-Ed: Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional
On consecutive days this week, the United States was introduced to two very different visions for its most important education law. Quite soon, Congress will choose ...
November 26, 2014
Community Engagement: The Secret Ingredient in Education
To be successful and sustainable, education reform initiatives must strategically incorporate the voices of those who have the most to lose or gain. That means ...
November 3, 2014
In Nashville, a Middle School Adds More than Hours to the School Day
Nashville's Creswell Magnet Middle School is expanding its school day, but the change is not primarily about time. It’s about fundamentally redefining how ...
October 27, 2014
How to Stay Up-to-Date with What’s Happening in Competency-Based Higher Education (When You Have Very Little Free Time)
Read Stephanie's guide to staying up-to-date on competency-based higher education from websites, books and twitter handles.
October 16, 2014
In a Rural California School District, a “Quiet Revolution” in Learning
What if a school started with the principle that students learn differently, but everyone can learn—and then designed a system around that? It would look a lot ...
July 18, 2014
A High-Level Talk About Readiness
John Gomperts, president and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance; Karen Pittman, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment; and Sean Slade, ...
July 17, 2014
The Impact of After-School Arts Programs
For kids in low-income neighborhoods after-school arts programming helps keep them off the streets and provides access to needed enrichment. Can it lower crime rates ...
July 11, 2014
Moving the Needle on Youth Disconnection
Disconnection from the societal anchor structures of school and work during the transition to adulthood has serious consequences for young people themselves as well ...
May 8, 2014
[VIDEO] Supporting First Gens Entering the Workforce
We hosted a Google Hangout with two inspiring leaders in the movement to support first-generation college student success. In these clips, Yolanda Norman and Ben ...
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