Jobs for the Future produces resources and toolkits for state policymakers and local education leaders. The national nonprofit has released several briefs related to work-based learning. Below, you will find links to three documents, each with a short description.
Work-Based Learning with Small Business (November 2018): The brief provides specific examples of how district leaders could engage the business community. The document explores the benefits of offering early postsecondary opportunities to high school students.
Work-Based Learning System Development Guide (2017): JFF produced a set of resources for districts interested in developing and implementing work-based learning strategies, including self-assessment and learning goals tools, workforce portfolios, and experiences inventory.
Not As Hard As You Think (2015): The document describes strategies for engaging high school students in work-based learning opportunities by presenting case studies from the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.
The National Science & Technology Council released a report in December 2018 that outlines a federal STEM education strategy. The council articulated three goals: boost STEM literacy, increase the diversity and inclusion in STEM, and prepare youth for future science and technology careers.
The report devotes significant attention to how schools and communities could identify effective practices, including those outside of K-12 education, and select strategic partners to scale STEM interventions.
EL Education supports improved student achievement through a research-based model refined over two decades. The nonprofit produces briefs about their core practices.
Schools implementing the EL Education model teach reading in all academic disciplines. Students read challenging texts selected based on their reading level. Teachers create a culture of reading and assess student comprehension through multiple methods.
A September 2019 brief published by the American Institutes for Research provides three insights about the state of academic and postsecondary advisement in high schools:
The Education Commission of the States produced a policy brief in March 2019 about STEAM education. The document highlights statewide efforts in Georgia and South Carolina and considers the practices that support STEAM initiatives, including school and teacher certification, student endorsements, and the implementation timeline.
An infographic accompanies the policy brief. The visual describes the four attributes of STEAM education: creative, experiential learning, inquiry-based, and interdisciplinary.
I recently came across a blog post that synthesized the evidence for social-emotional learning interventions very well.
The post narrates how research on the benefits of SEL contributed to greater interest among educators and policymakers on how to integrate SEL and academic approaches.
Studies of interest include a 2012 meta-analysis of 75 studies and a 2015 study that estimated a 11 to 1 return on investment for six different SEL interventions.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Go Alliance provides training and technical assistance to increase postsecondary readiness, access and success. An August 2019 webinar focuses on how to work with students and parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The presenter is an Awareness and Outreach Specialist in the Office of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education.
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The 2012 research brief from the National Endowment of the Arts analyzes data from four longitudinal databases regarding the effect of arts engagement on students' future education and labor market outcomes.
Researchers conclude that disadvantaged children and youth with high arts engagement are more likely to score better on different academic and behavioral metrics than their peers. Also, their analysis indicates that programs that engage at-risk students in the arts could narrow achievement levels between low and high-SES youth.
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The 2018 Georgia General Assembly created several House and Senate Study Committees. The following includes the study committee reports related to education. Legislation during the 2019 General Assembly Session will include many of the recommendations from the committee reports.
House of Representatives Rural Development Council Final Report
House of Representatives Study Committee on School Security Final Report
Senate Study Committee on School Safety
Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia
Senate Study Committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and Use of State and Local Government Right of Way Policy Modernization
Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems
Data-based individualization (DBI) is a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying
interventions for students with severe and persistent learning and behavioral needs. The process integrates
evidence-based intervention, assessment, and strategies using 5 interactive steps: