To help inform career and technical education (CTE) discussions and policy-making, EDC has published a new white paper, Opportunities and Challenges in Secondary Career and Technical Education, which will be presented during the 2014 Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Policy Seminar today in Washington, D.C.
The recent “Hour of Code,” held during Computer Science Education Week, gave students firsthand experience with computer programming. Why is this type of familiarity so important? Because computer science gives students the tools they need to engage in creating technology, explains EDC’s Jim Stanton, executive director of the MassCAN initiative to expand computer science education in Massachusetts.
EDC has received a $50,000 grant to support a statewide coalition effort to expand computer science education in Massachusetts and inspire students to take coding and other computer courses. The grant was awarded by the Boston Foundation, which seeks to address pressing needs in the Greater Boston community.
The YES (Youth Employability Skills) Network will connect the supply and demand side of labor in Macedonia through various interventions in order to raise the quality of workers and connect them more readily to jobs.
EDC has developed the Law and Justice curriculum. Shaped with substantial input from high school educators, postsecondary faculty, and law enforcement professionals, this innovative curriculum meets national academic standards and career technical education standards.
EDC is examining the ways that ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) for teacher education projects leads to changes in classroom practice.
Specifically, the project seeks to understand what kinds of professional development activities promote and/or influence changes in teaching practices and the integration of innovative technologies in the classroom.
EQuALLS2 increases access to quality basic education and livelihood skills in areas most affected by conflict and poverty in the Philippines (primarily the Muslim areas in the Mindanao island group in the south). EQuALLS2 is a large-scale project that seeks to benefit 345,000 children and youth in 37 municipalities and four cities by training 37,238 educators and school officials, building the capacity of 850 local education stakeholder groups, and expanding local education resources through public-private partnerships.
Ruwwad, taken from the Arabic word for “pioneers,” is a ground-breaking program created by Palestinians, for Palestinians. Its mission is to empower Palestinian youth and the adults who serve them, so that both groups can become strong local leaders and change-makers. Since 2005, Ruwwad has been planned, designed, and implemented “by youth, for youth,” with a focus on positive leadership development for young women and men ages 14 to 30.
The Social Legacy Program (SLP) reaches out to youth and other vulnerable groups in the Europe and Eurasia region, giving them the tools they need to become local leaders and promote social change. Due to widespread socio-economic insecurity and a dramatic collapse in basic social services, these groups face great barriers to finding work and gaining viable skills, while the region on the whole struggles to make the transition towards market-oriented, democratic societies.
EDC and a technical committee of computer scientists and thought leaders in computational thinking (CT) will develop and validate a common core of CT skill sets used by scientists, technicians, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in U.S.STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workplaces.
The Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth Project) aims to empower youth in Kenya make sound career and life decisions as they transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. The project is also building the capacity of local institutions and networks to sustain the much-needed services that G-Youth will provide.
The Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project, an EQUIP3 Associate Award, aims to develop a thriving youth livelihood support system in Rwanda to increase the prosperity of not only youth, but also the public and private institutions that support and benefit from youths’ productive engagement in Rwandan society. To achieve this goal, Akazi Kanoze will provide youth in Kigali with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links into the employment and self-employment job market.
Prepara Ami ba Serbisu (PAS), which translates to “Preparing Us for Work,” is a workforce preparation program in Timor-Leste that assists rural youth (ages 16–30), many of whom dropped out of school and have little opportunity other than subsistence farming. These youth gain the skills and expertise needed to find self-employment or job opportunities and more promising futures. Over 1,500 men and women graduated from the program’s eight-month combination of off-the-job classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and livelihood accompaniment.
ALMA’s mission is to help adults gain basic reading, writing, and math skills. ALMA creates innovative, educationally sound, and entertaining television-based teaching materials and cultivates community networks to support ALMA learners. TV411, ALMA’s magazine-format television series (with ancillary print materials and an instructional Web site) is aired on more than 100 stations nationwide.
Working with science and education professionals, a group of youths will design, build, and staff a virtual science center. Over the course of the project, the youth will acquire Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge and a range of information and communication technology (ICT) competencies. EDC will conduct the project’s evaluation, looking at the youth’s understanding of science concepts and their development and articulation of ICT workforce skills.
YouthBuild USA’s Green Initiative provides opportunities for the program’s students and graduates to pursue green careers and environmental leadership, while increasing the production of green affordable housing. EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online partnered with YouthBuild to develop a seven-week online course to engage YouthBuild instructors in readings, activities, and discussions that develop knowledge and skills to incorporate green building and other environmental concepts into their classroom curriculums.
The Shaqodoon program was created to provide Somali youth with greater access to training, internships, work and self-employment opportunities in order to productively engage youth and add to the stability and development of the region. Shaqodoon is Somali for “jobseekers”.
IDEJEN is an EQUIP3 Associate Award which was launched in 2003 to provide education and job training for youth ages 15–24 with little to no formal education. IDEJEN provides program participants support in the areas of employability and skills training, basic and vocational education, job placement and small business development. In addition to working directly with youth, IDEJEN provides technical support to different government ministries and is assisting in the development of the National Youth Policy and the Policy on Nonformal Basic Education.
The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS) program includes an interdisciplinary high school curriculum that challenges students academically while also developing their problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
This project has developed a common language and framework for the teaching of information technology (IT) applications across 6 of the 16 career clusters identified by the U.S. Department of Education. In partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education, EDC works with community college faculty to develop an electronic library of learning resources, including problem-based scenarios, to assist faculty in integrating IT into their programs and courses.
With community colleges across the country, EDC is developing a common curricular framework for teaching basic information technology (core) applications in career and academic programs at community and technical colleges. Project resources include innovative approaches to instruction and assessment, including “Rubrics to Assess Basic IT User Skills,” lesson templates that interconnect the use of the “IT Core Applications” with program content for eight of the most commonly used IT applications, and a library of problem-based scenarios for each of the clusters/program areas.
This project has produced a high school curriculum that integrates academic (biology) and technical (biotechnology) education to create opportunities for all students to progress to higher education and to enter the high-skilled workforce. EDC works with education and industry advisors to ensure that the curriculum meets these goals. In this phase, we field-tested, evaluated, and revised two units, Microbe Detectives: Solving a Medical Mystery and A Genetic Puzzle: The Search for a Solution.