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April 01, 2015

Students Ask Big Questions at Science Leadership Academy

Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia is transforming the opportunity set for 500 urban students, with an inquiry-based approach and an emphasis on technology.

March 16, 2015

What Should High School Graduates Know and Be Able to Do?

Districts can't rely solely on graduation requirements and state test scores as a proxy for quality education aims and measures. Students and community members deserve a more compelling and complete set of goals and metrics. It remains challenging to describe the aims and measures of a rigorous well-rounded education. Here are some examples of schools and districts setting the bar beyond basic reading, writing, and math.

March 06, 2015

Most Likely To Succeed: A Film About What School Could Be

With stubbornly high levels of young adult unemployment and underemployment, "Most Likely To Succeed" explores the broken bargain that diplomas equal employability. As a conversation starter, the movie is among the best edu-documentaries ever produced. The star of the film is High Tech High in San Diego, a place where teachers have the freedom to shape projects that culminate in public exhibitions.

February 19, 2015

The Gold Standard: The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System

Switzerland is a great example of a country where companies, government, and education focus on building career pathways in high-growth, high-demand occupational fields where young people can learn skills and earn credentials valued in the labor market.

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