What Gen Z teens are asking about education, work and their future
Debates about education policy and the workplace are typically carried out by people far removed from high school classrooms. There’s good reason for that, since age and experience often bring clearer insights not visible to the young. But education today is in a time of disruption and transition. In many respects, it’s not meeting the...
By Bruno Manno | September 7, 2023
Where do new teachers come from? It’s complicated. Policymakers need to know it
If I asked you to picture a new teacher, you might imagine someone just out of college who recently finished student-teaching and now, at age 22 or 23, is starting a full-time job in a district nearby. That is one common path, but it’s far from the only one. In fact, teachers follow a wide...
By Chad Aldeman | September 6, 2023
Gen Z’s declining college interest persists — even among middle schoolers
Consumed with pandemic-era grief, Gen Z’s apathy towards attending college has grown — even influencing students as young as middle schoolers. A new YPulse report found two in five Gen Z students agreed with the statement: “The pandemic has made me less interested in pursuing higher education.” Middle school students, generally 11 to 13 years old, not...
By Joshua Bay | September 5, 2023
Opinion: Preparing special-needs kids for the future — as we did with our son
As the mother of a 37-year-old son with special needs who is living a full and independent life, I often think about what it took to get here. Alex was one of the original members of the POINT (Pursuing our INdependence Together) residential community in White Plains, New York, which was founded in 2008 by families of...
By Marion Morgenthal | August 31, 2023
SCOTUS ruling demands ‘urgency’ on racial inclusion, Biden administration says
Universities can continue to target recruitment efforts at predominantly Black and Hispanic high schools even if race can’t be used as a factor in admissions, the Biden administration said in new guidance released earlier this month. The parsing is part of a package of materials responding to the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning affirmative action in...
By Linda Jacobson | August 30, 2023
LAUSD’s GALA school celebrates its 6th annual Young Women’s Conference
When Samantha Alvarado spoke to a group of Los Angeles elementary school students about her career as an Adidas assistant color designer, she was thrilled when a young female student approached her. “Are you Latina?” the student asked. Alvarado was part of a panel at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), in Mid City Los...
By Sara Balanta | August 29, 2023
Four reasons to be hopeful from latest summer school study
A new working paper could give educators powerful new motivations to invest in summer programs, which seem to stem the tide of learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic — at least in math. The paper, from CALDER at the American Institutes for Research, looked at the academic progress of students who attended summer school in 2022...
By Greg Toppo | August 28, 2023
New study: Kids who scored worst on NAEP missed the most school before the test
This analysis originally appeared at FutureEd. The results from the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress rattled the education sector, pointing to learning loss in math and reading on a national scale during the pandemic. Pundits have tied the test score declines to prolonged school closures, student mental health issues and an easing of academic...
By Phyllis W. Jordan | August 24, 2023
LA parents collide: Anti-LGBTQ+ demonstrators and those defending inclusive curriculum rally outside LAUSD board meeting
A crowd of demonstrators against LGBTQ+ curriculum and another showing support rallied outside of the LAUSD headquarters Tuesday where a Board of Education meeting was to be held. Though there was nothing on the school board agenda about LGBTQ+ issues, in June the LAUSD school board unanimously approved a resolution that encourages all schools to...
By Erick Trevino | August 23, 2023
‘State of the States’: New report highlights teacher diversity strategies
Research consistently shows that having one or more teachers of color has a dramatic, positive impact on students of color, including higher academic achievement, better attendance and higher rates of high school graduation and college-going. Yet just 20% of teachers are people of color, compared with 50% of public school students. With an eye toward...
By Beth Hawkins | August 23, 2023