Addressing the Confidence-in-the Future Gap with a Company Mission that Matches the Moment

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/15/16 4:06 PM

As election post-mortems continue, a growing confidence-in-the future gap has driven a tidal wave of engagement as both sides of the aisle grapple with the growing populist anger. This gap in confidence in our nation's powerful institutions presents us with a challenge as well as an opportunity. As a leading skills organization focused on building competencies, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, Penn Foster has a role to play in helping Americans build stronger futures. We're all anxious to build a nation where we can life each other up, and we believe education is the cornerstone sector to start:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Education

OECD Report Provides Insight on NEETs and Solutions to Support At-Risk Youth

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 11/10/16 4:48 PM

Released every two years, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s 2016 Society at a Glance report provides an overview of social indicators and addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. The 2016 report, published just last month, notably highlights the challenge presented by “NEETS” and explores solutions to better support jobless and disengaged youth.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, At-Risk Youth, Education

The Choice is Yours Participants Encouraged to Dream Big at Penn Foster Graduation

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 9/27/16 5:51 PM

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” This past Thursday, this phrase echoed through the Mayor’s Reception Room at Philadelphia’s City Hall, where five participants of The Choice is Yours (TCY) program gathered to celebrate their high school graduation. Alberta Lloyd, Career Instructor for TCY at JEVS Human Services (JEVS), stood at the front of the room to present the five individuals, who were about to be presented with their Penn Foster High School diplomas. “This is more than a program – this is an opportunity,” she noted.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Employers, Education

How High School Diploma Programs Support Offender Reentry

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/21/16 6:00 PM

Inmate reentry programs are, by design, intended to provide a smooth transition for convicts heading back into civilian life. These programs often include a range of components such as drug or alcohol treatment, anger management, spiritual counseling, parenting classes, and classes on budgeting/financial health. Increasingly, many correctional facilities are discovering that a high school diploma is another vital component that supports inmate reentry.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

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

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

Top 10 FosterEDU Blog Articles of 2015

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/29/15 10:00 AM

2015 was the year of student outcomes for the education industry. Ed tech, school districts, career schools, colleges, and youth organizations alike took a step back to review the educational landscape holistically. Stakeholders raised important questions on the future of education: how can we revise current policies and structures in order to benefit students directly? How will technology begin to play a pivotal role in the classroom? How do we reframe what it means to be a ‘traditional’ learner, to ensure students of all ages, demographics, locations, and socioeconomic backgrounds get the education they need to succeed? Below are the ten most popular posts from FosterEDU in 2015, that help provide some answers to these poignant questions:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, College Enrollment & Retention, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools

Top 5 Takeaways from the White House Next Generation High Schools Summit

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 11/12/15 11:05 AM

Earlier this week, the White House hosted its first ever summit on Next Generation High Schools, bringing together teachers, administrators, students, philanthropists, edtech companies, and entrepreneurs to discuss big, bold ideas on how to profoundly change the current state of our nation’s public high school system. Attendees were invited to set aside the traditional schooling blueprint in order to make way for new, innovative educational models that puts the student first by empowering them through agile, creative, and endlessly relevant learning systems. 

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News

Exploring Job Corps for the Future

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/29/15 4:00 PM

Next week, Penn Foster will head down to Washington D.C. to take part in the National Job Corps Association (NJCA) 2015 Leadership Summit. The event, held November 2nd – 4th, brings together over 200 leaders of the NJCA representing all 126 Job Corps centers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Job Corps in the upcoming year.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

 

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