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Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

Robert B. Schwartz, Ronald F. Ferguson, and William C. Symonds

February 2011

Roughly half of all young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills or labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasing demanding economy.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity

Securing the Dream

Maria Idali Torres, et. al.

January 2011

This collection of reports tells the story of the continuing growth of the Latino population in Massachusetts, and offers policy recommendations aimed at improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this population.

Tags: Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

The Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy: What the Research Says

Michelle Renee and Sara McAlister

January 2011

Community organizing for education reform has the potential to create equitable changes in schools and districts.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick

November 2010

Competency-based education has the potential to re-engineer education systems so that failure is no longer an option for students.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy

A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life

Jill Norton, Lisa Famularo, Michael Bennett, and Ivy Washington

October 2010

How are school and district leaders supporting the integration of 21st century skills into public education?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness

Massachusetts' Forgotten Middle Skills Jobs

Michelle Wilczynski

July 2010

Middle-skills jobs—those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—are critical to the state’s economic growth.

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

Disconnected Young Adults in New England

Ephraim Weisstein and Flora Traub

June 2010

Too many young adults, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups, are leaving high school without the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and the emerging workforce.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Policy

Ready for the Future: The Role of Performance Assessments in Shaping Graduates' Academic, Professional, and Personal Lives

Laurie Gagnon

June 2010

How can performance assessments help high school students prepare for success in college and beyond? Through a series of interviews with Boston public school graduates, this study analyzes how performance assessment systems prepared students for future academic, professional, and personal endeavors.

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems

Rosann Tung

January 2010

Performance assessments, often used for individual student evaluation, are effective measurements, but rarely incorporated into accountability systems at the district and state levels.

Tags: Assessment, Finance & Governance

Meaningful Linkages between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners

B. McLaughlin and T.L. Phillips

November 2009

What do effective summer learning partnerships look like? This report offers guidance and examples for schools and communities looking to develop and manage successful summer learning partnerships.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

July 2009

Pre-K is proven to improve educational outcomes, but not all students have access to high-quality programs.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

April 2009

To increase the number of young people who gain the credentials necessary to succeed in the 21st century, we need to establish “multiple pathways” for learners that lead to a variety of high-quality postsecondary options.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy, Youth Development

Many Sizes Fit All

April 2009

Tags: multiple, past, pathways, work

What It Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century—and How New Englanders Are Faring

Jobs for the Future

October 2008

As New England’s population changes, the region must rework its policies and practices to meet the increasingly demanding expectations of today’s economy for underserved learners.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement

Beth M. Miller

June 2007

Students from different socioeconomic backgrounds learn at the same rate, but without access to quality summer learning opportunities, low-income students often fall behind their peers.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Learning Time

Adults Must Be College Ready Too

Blenda J. Wilson

December 2006

Although “college-readiness” is usually associated with teenagers, adult learners often struggle with this issue. This article reflects on the difficulties and successes of adult learners who participated in adult basic education (ABE)-to-college programs.

Tags: College & Career Readiness

New England 2020: A Forecast of Educational Attainment and Its Implications for the Workforce of New England States

Stephen P. Coelen and Joseph B. Berger

June 2006

New England’s changing demographics and varying levels of educational attainment demand support for and improvement of the region’s higher education institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy

New England 2020 FAQ

June 2006

Tags: england, new, past, work

New England After 3 PM

The Afterschool Alliance

May 2006

Afterschool programs provide students with opportunities for learning and exploration, but too few children have access to quality, well-funded programs. This 2006 report highlights the need for afterschool programs and the work being done in the New England states to increase availability and public demand.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States:

Alicia C. Dowd and Glenn Gabbard

April 2006

Community colleges can offer low-income students a path to higher education, but transferring to elite, four-year schools often proves to be more challenging than earning an associate’s degree.

Tags: College and Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy