The Time is Now for Blended Learning - Part 4

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/28/16 2:00 PM

As we’ve explored throughout this series, it’s clear that blended learning sounds like an incredible opportunity to disrupt the status quo in education. Between its ability to prioritize student learning, its focus on skills acquisition, how it weaves technology and holistic support for a personalized experience, to its incredible ability fit to the needs within the classroom: it would seem obvious that this is the education solution for states to adopt. So what’s standing in the way of blended learning taking off? What are the setbacks? In this fourth and final part of this series, we explore what the path forward looks like for blended learning, and what you can do to make a difference.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations

3 Things We’re Looking Forward to at the 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/28/16 11:30 AM

Next week, Penn Foster will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona to take part in the 2016 Southwest Pathways Conference. The three day event, run by Arizona State University’s Global Pathways Institute, seeks to bring together leading employers, educators, and workforce development experts to discuss the most promising ways to improve college and career readiness among America’s youth. As both a sponsor and a speaker, we are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s conference. Here are the top three sessions we’re looking forward to at the event:

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

The Time is Now for Blended Learning - Part 3

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/21/16 11:00 AM

Blended learning takes on a unique form in that it extends beyond the classroom to support students. Not only does this approach integrate technology to augment personalized learning, it’s also structured to incorporate career preparation, supportive counselling, and opportunities to allow students to develop skills and habits for adulthood. Drawing from 'Don't Quit on Me' themes, the new report from the Center For Promise praises the wraparound services offered by successful blended programs. These services help enable students to attend school, as teachers use creative thinking, community involvement, and dedication to harbor positive, productive environments for blended learners to thrive.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations

Top 3 Highlights from the NSBA 2016 Annual Conference

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 4/20/16 5:17 PM

Last weekend, over 6,000 school board members, superintendents, and school administrators came to Boston, MA to experience the workshops, networking, knowledge sharing and excitement of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2016 Annual Conference. At the conference for our second consecutive year, the Penn Foster team proudly attended as both exhibitor and sponsor, having the opportunity to meet with hundreds of new and old faces at the conference. Below, I share with you the top three moments that stood out at this year’s conference.

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Topics: Industry News, Public & Private High Schools

Three Ways to Make Evening Classes More Appealing to Career College Students

Posted by Garth Fasano on 4/19/16 10:00 AM

College student collaboratingDeciding to dedicate your evenings to college classes is a tough decision that takes strong motivation and commitment — but for nontraditional students with families, jobs and other responsibilities, it’s often the only viable option if they want to pursue post-secondary education. Career college administrators and staff can help make this decision easier by making night classes more appealing to busy non-traditional students.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Excel Made Easy: Three Tips That Can Turn You Into an Excel Pro

Posted by Dan Swimm and Taylor Halsted on 4/14/16 9:00 PM

This is the first post in Penn Foster’s Analytics Blog Series, which seeks to demonstrate how organizations can utilize the power of analytics and data to improve business outcomes. Authors Daniel Swimm and Taylor Halsted are leaders on Penn Foster’s Strategy & Analytics team and between them bring a wealth of knowledge in statistical analysis, forecasting, and data modeling. Look out for future posts in the series in the coming weeks.

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The Time is Now for Blended Learning - Part 2

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/14/16 10:00 AM

This week, we’ll discuss the specific, unique benefits of online modalities harnessed by the blended approach - and why it really matters. As discussed in the Findings of the Center for Promise Report: Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students, blended learning can help schools build the 21st century workforce through personalized, tech-based learning. Not only is this model dynamic in that it fits the unique needs of the student body, but it aligns with the lifestyle of the modern learner, helps students build social capital, and provides new benefits to instructors so that they may provide individualized support for the student. Below are the most salient aspects of how technology in the blended learning space can help prepare students for brighter futures:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

5 Growth Programs for Your Career College

Posted by Jim Bittl on 4/12/16 11:00 AM

PayScale recently filtered its College Salary Report data to identify careers in which workers report the highest levels of job satisfaction.1 A significant number of well-paying, meaningful jobs only require a two-year associate's degree. This is good news for career colleges, who can now offer and promote programs of study in these fields and help produce better student outcomes.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

The Time is Now for Blended Learning - Part 1

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 4/7/16 11:00 AM

Today, The Center for Promise, a research institute for America’s Promise Alliance, released a new report titled “Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students.” The take home points are resoundingly clear: blended learning is education for the future. Not only can this model work to re-engage at-risk youth and adult learners alike, blended learning offers a scalable solution to rehaul the way we teach as a whole. Alternative education schools and programs, workforce and community development programs all over the nation have taken the first steps in implementing, testing, and expanding blended learning classrooms and best practices.

This four-part blog series aims to highlight four key discussion topics drawn from the report - including what makes blended learning the education model of the future, and what the future holds for bringing blended learning at scale.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

Learn How to Serve At-Risk Students in a New Way at NSBA 2016

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 4/6/16 1:00 PM

For the second year in a row, Penn Foster is excited to be returning to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference this weekend! Hosted in Boston, MA the conference brings together more than 7,000 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders from across the country to share new ideas and best practices on technology, leadership and supporting student achievement in the education.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Public & Private High Schools

Youth Organizations: Best Practices for Organizing a College & Career Fair

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 4/5/16 11:00 AM

The youth organizations of today are helping to develop the workers, parents and leaders of tomorrow. And one of the best ways youth organizations can prepare our nation’s young people for a successful future is by partnering with local colleges and businesses to sponsor a joint college and career fair. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the youth you serve in front of employers and acquaint them with some options for post-secondary education. When organizing such an event, keep these four best practices in mind:

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations


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