Career Readiness

College & Workforce Readiness Documentary A Year Interrupted
When COVID-19 closed schools for millions of students, Education Week documented two seniors as they faced an uncertain future.
Elizabeth Rich & Brooke Saias, December 15, 2020
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Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
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College & Workforce Readiness Coronavirus, Economic Crisis Cloud Resurgence of Career Tech Ed.
Career technical education has been on a roll lately, but educators fear that will change, as unemployment soars and some students are cut off from hands-on learning opportunities.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 12, 2020
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Future of Work Online Summit What to Teach Today to Prepare Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace
Educators surveyed by the EdWeek Research Center said updating curricula to get students ready for the jobs of the future is a top priority.
February 26, 2020
College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From A Superintendent’s Commitment to Getting Students ‘Future Ready’
Bryan Johnson, the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn., has created an array of “future-ready” institutes, where students gain real-world exposure– through mentorship, job-shadow opportunities, and rigorous coursework—to in-demand jobs while they are still in high school. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Catherine Gewertz, February 19, 2020
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Hector Vazquez Pacheco, a junior at Northeast Early College High School in Austin, Texas, got a jump start on his career aspirations through the school’s Career Launch program.
Hector Vazquez Pacheco, a junior at Northeast Early College High School in Austin, Texas, got a jump start on his career aspirations through the school’s Career Launch program.
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College & Workforce Readiness How 4 Communities Are Struggling to Prepare Kids for an Uncertain Future
Schools are slowly figuring out how to balance thinking globally with acting locally, and recognizing that some key skills are valuable no matter where students end up living.
Benjamin Herold, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Microsoft, Verizon, and Other Big U.S. Companies Design Their Ideal High School Courses
Education Week asked senior executives from some of the biggest and fastest-growing companies in the United States that question. You might be surprised by what they had to say.
Michelle R. Davis, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness A Creativity Conundrum: Can Schools Teach Students to Innovate?
Employers and teachers agree that creativity is a valued skill for the workplace, but they disagree on what it means to be creative.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Aptitude Tests Steer Students to Careers. Does That Narrow Their Options?
More than 17,000 schools use YouScience, a commercial aptitude assessment that seeks to gauge a test taker’s skills in areas such as idea generation and spatial awareness.
Alyson Klein, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Data: 5 Big Challenges in Preparing K-12 Students for the World of Work
Schools are trying to forge stronger workforce connections in K-12 by revamping curriculum and school culture to help students explore potential careers.
Alyson Klein, February 4, 2020
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Andrew Grashof, a senior at Marcellus High School, works in a radio studio at WCNY-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., as part of an “embedded” career-technical education class at the PBS multimedia affiliate.
Andrew Grashof, a senior at Marcellus High School, works in a radio studio at WCNY-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., as part of an “embedded” career-technical education class at the PBS multimedia affiliate.
Mike Bradley for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Schools Embed Classes in Cutting-Edge Businesses
A handful of districts in upstate New York are moving career technical education classes to cutting-edge businesses so students can have more "authentic" learning experiences.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 4, 2020
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Senior Emily Cardona and her teacher Megan Pap, center, confer on a classroom project using data on teenage depression in the Introduction to Data Science class at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, Calif.
Senior Emily Cardona and her teacher Megan Pap, center, confer on a classroom project using data on teenage depression in the Introduction to Data Science class at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, Calif.
Patrick T. Fallon for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Teaching Students to Wrangle 'Big Data'
In a labor market hungry for employees who can work with data, some high schools have begun to offer a new breed of classes in data science.
Catherine Gewertz, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Prepping Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workplace
Students are unprepared to imagine the jobs of tomorrow, much less the skills they need to land them, say the editors of a special report.
February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Teens Feel Ready for College, But Not So Much for Work
High schoolers believe that their educational experience is getting them ready for college. But they're less certain that their coursework is preparing them for the world of work.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2019
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Campers return to the computer science department for lunch during their artificial intelligence summer camp at Princeton University. The camp was created by AI4ALL, a nonprofit that seeks to increase diversity and inclusion in the field.
Campers return to the computer science department for lunch during their artificial intelligence summer camp at Princeton University. The camp was created by AI4ALL, a nonprofit that seeks to increase diversity and inclusion in the field.
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College & Workforce Readiness A Summer Camp With a Long Plan: Keeping Bias Out of Artificial Intelligence
The founders of AI4ALL are hoping that diversifying the pipeline into their field will guard against the creation of algorithms that lead to discrimination against underrepresented groups.
Alyson Klein, August 27, 2019
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