5 Must-Have Elements for a Successful High School Reentry Program

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/23/16 11:00 AM

Seven percent of American youth between the ages of 16 and 24 were not in school and had not earned a high school diploma or the equivalent as of 2013, according to the latest data available from the National Center for Education Statistics.1 To assist these young people, many school districts are offering high school reentry programs. Dr. Julia Wilkins, who specializes in helping youth with disabilities complete high school, studied the characteristics of a successful high school reentry program and summarized them in a report titled, “Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth With Disabilities.”2 Here are five elements your high school reentry program should have to maximize student success:

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective - Part III, Filling the Middle Skill Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/14/16 11:00 AM

For many Americans, “higher education” still means a four-year degree. However, with unemployment hovering around 5.5 percent and with many students graduating from four-year institutions unable to find jobs, our perception of the costs and benefits of education needs to change. Degrees that prepare students for middle-skilled careers are often ignored or rejected, but education leaders need to realize that, as valuable as four-year degrees may be, they are not practical for every student, especially given that these students are saddled with an average of $26,600 of debt overall,1 and $32,700 when graduating from for-profit colleges.2

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention

How to Keep High School Students Motivated & Engaged Until the End of the Year

Posted by Ray McNulty on 6/9/16 11:00 AM

Keeping students motivated as the end of the school year approaches is notoriously challenging. There’s even a quasi-official term for it when it happens during their senior year: "senioritis." Seniors may experience end-of-the-year apathy more intensely than other students, but all grade levels face the same issue and pose the same challenge to educators.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective, Part II: CTE at the High School Level

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/31/16 11:12 AM

Employment-focused education for “middle-skill” occupations is becoming increasingly relevant. More than 850,000 K-12 students in the U.S. are classified as “vocational,” which encompasses CTE fields and makes up just around 2% of total students. The cost to educate these students is nearly $14,000 or 20-40% greater than that of traditional academic instruction. In recent years, approximately $13 billion has been spent annually by federal, state and local governments to support youth-focused vocational education systems across the U.S., with federal funding constituting only about 4-8% percent of all state and local spending.1 This is in addition to the $16 billion post-high school trade and technical school-industry.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, Public & Private High Schools

How We Can Make CTE More Efficient and Effective - Part I

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/17/16 12:49 PM

To date, a lot of good has been done for Career Technical Education (CTE). Lives have been changed and skills have been built, as institutions and dedicated faculty have been well-preparing students for careers in CTE.  In this series, we’ll talk about how to build on the strong foundation of CTE and evolve the system while innovating for the future.

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Topics: High School Completion, Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention

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

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

3 Teaching Strategies to Support Students With Varying Learning Styles

Posted by Ray McNulty on 3/1/16 10:00 AM

In life no two people are the same: they support different teams in sports, like different foods, and even identical twins have differences. So when it comes to learning, “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t work! According to Neil Fleming's Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic model,1 most people have a dominant learning style that falls into one of three categories:

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

How Educators Can Leverage Social Media

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/24/16 10:00 AM

The world connects, shares, laughs, and learns on social media. Why shouldn’t educators be a part of the conversation? Some are, but more could benefit. When leveraged correctly, several popular social media platforms can be wonderful educational tools for enhancing student engagement and performance, and can even be used for establishing program credibility and thought leadership for education professionals. Learn how two of the most well-known social media platforms can help you augment student outcomes, and how to apply these tools in your everyday work.

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

How Educators Can Empower Students to Enable Positive Outcomes

Posted by Ray McNulty on 2/16/16 11:00 AM

Historically, classroom material has been designed to be taught by a teacher, not to be self-taught by the student. However, since students are capable of learning and contributing so much more to their educational experience than just passively memorizing and regurgitating material, the role of the educator is changing. This article dives into three core pillars of student empowerment and how educators can leverage these pillars to work in tandem with students to enable greater outcomes.

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

 

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