In one Texas middle school, students engage in project-based learning as they design and plan hypothetical sports facilities as part of their math curriculum. The assignment is part of a larger district-wide initiative to integrate project-based learning into all core areas, in all grades.
The National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas is being highlighted as a resource to help educators think through implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards., The framework, created in 2011 by an 18-member panel of experts in science and science education served as a blueprint for the standards and provides an “accessible narrative” that can support curriculum and assessment design as well as local implementation of the standards.
College and career exploration and planning play a critical role in preparing students for life beyond high school while also creating personalized learning opportunities that increase their engagement and success in school. Individualized learning plans (ILPs) are one type of tool that middle school and high school students are using to define their personal interests and goals related to college and careers. ILPs also help students develop well informed plans for their courses and activities throughout school to prepare for their chosen postsecondary education and career paths.
On May 6, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and National High School Center released a brief titled, Improving College and Career Readiness by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning. The brief was written to assist state policymakers better understand how social and emotional lear
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $370 million in funds this year for the development of high-quality early learning programs aimed at closing the school readiness gap.
The Colorado Department of Education is increasing efforts to expand the state’s science programs through the implementation of school level initiatives and actively pursuing increased funding from the government.
Looking for new college and career readiness and success-related resources? Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*
This report, sponsored by the Wallace Foundation, discusses the challenges and next steps for expanding learning time that were discussed at a May 2011 Wallace Foundation National Forum. The authors explain that despite a tight economic climate and a need for stronger research on what works in expanding learning time, the time is right to work on increasing learning time.
This report, sponsored by Digital Learning Now, identifies 72 measures that state policy makers should incorporate into their state policy in order to facilitate high quality digital learning for all students. The authors stress the importance of providing all students access to digital forms of learning, including virtual and blended learning, using digital learning to provide personalized learning trajectories, and providing quality content, instruction and choices through digital learning.
This research synopsis from the Harvard Family Research Project summarizes the findings of the full report, “Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time.” The report examines the program practices and structural features of out-of-school time (OST) programs in six U.S. cities that primarily serve low-income youth.