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Seven jobs shaping Seattle
It’s like an agency:

"I eventually settled on becoming a crane operator because it was what I was good at," Lammers said. "To operate a crane, you have to have good vision and depth perception. Excellent coordination helps. You also have to be good at multi-tasking and have a good sense of the space around you. It can be stressful. But it's healthy stress. It keeps me on my toes."

In the cab, Lammers hoists a stack of plywood from the ground up to the building's roof.

"It's a pretty good feeling. I love getting up and working with folks from all the different trades. I like the fact that I can look back and see what we built," he said.


"My favorite part of the job is connecting people and advocating for design," she said. "It excites me when you are able to connect the right people to solve a problem by getting input from many experts and building upon the ideas of others."


"There is definitely a bond and trust that you build with these folks, which is so important on a construction team," said Henson. "These days, there are very few jobs that I go on where I don't know somebody. I guess it pays to be around for a while. "


"All of these buildings have their own character and personality," said Schneider. "The six buildings in the Denny Regrade have threads of consistency that unite them as a neighborhood."


"Our main job is to be a completely unbiased third party consultant who does quality control," said Joshee. "We typically are brought on board in the design phases of the project and continue to work on a project through the different phases to past occupancy."

Unlike some other construction industry jobs, commissioning allows Joshee to work on many different buildings at once. Joshee has provided support for iconic Seattle buildings including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation building, the Space Needle, and many others.
america  collaboration  education 
2 days ago by JohnDrake
Up to Us: A Rising Generation of Leaders - YouTube
5:22 "There is strength in our differences but there is power in unity." leader of Oakland University Team (from Michigan)
education  planning-peter-g-peterson  finance 
2 days ago by JohnDrake
Elite M.B.A. Programs Report Steep Drop in Applications - WSJ
In the latest academic cycle ended this spring, U.S. business schools received 135,096 applications for programs including the traditional master of business administration degree, down 9.1% from the prior year, according to an annual survey. Last year applications for U.S. business programs were down 7%.


In the U.S., international applications fell by 13.7% this year, according to GMAC. Canada and Europe, meanwhile, both saw international applications rise.
2 days ago by JohnDrake
Higher ed presidents form council to improve go-on rate
Idaho’s go-on rate has remained flat at 45 percent over the last three years

Goals include:

Ensuring that dual enrollment benefits students by enhancing the go-on rate.
Providing support for high schools to help reinforce the college pipeline.
Promoting the value of higher education for individuals, communities and the economy.
Improving collaboration and programming between state institutions.
Ensuring smooth transferability of credits between state institutions.
planning_JKAF  idaho  education 
19 days ago by JohnDrake
Most Americans Say Segregation in Schools a Serious Problem
A majority of Americans say that racial segregation in U.S. public schools is a "very" (21%) or "moderately serious" (36%) problem. A slim majority of whites (52%) consider school segregation a serious problem, but the view is even more widespread among U.S. blacks (68%) and Hispanics (65%)
america  education 
5 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Education at 15-Year High
For the first time since 2004, a slim majority of U.S. adults, 51%, are satisfied with the overall quality of education that students in kindergarten through grade 12 receive. This is up from 43% in 2018 and an average 45% since 2005.
america  education 
7 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Americans See Fewer Opportunities for Children
As much of the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all," the trajectory in the U.S. appears to be pointed in the wrong direction -- based on the diminishing numbers of Americans who see opportunities for most children in their country to learn and grow.

These data, along with findings from a recent UNICEF report that found the U.S. losing ground on six out of nine child-relevant SDG indicators -- including inclusive quality education -- reinforce that a roaring economy alone doesn't always guarantee a good record on sustaining children's wellbeing.
education  kids  america 
10 weeks ago by JohnDrake
BECU makes new investment in WSU | WSU Insider | Washington State University
Among peer institutions, WSU has the second-highest number of students qualifying for low-income grants, a group that is at greatest risk of not finishing college. Research shows that the earnings of WSU graduates are nearly 150 percent greater than the national average and BECU and the University see the expanded financial wellness program as a way of helping keep students in school.
education  planning_ICCU  banking 
11 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Washington lags the country in preschool, and child poverty is growing, new study says
Less than half of Washington’s 3- and 4-year-olds attend preschool of any kind.

Just 8% of them have access to publicly funded, high-quality prekindergarten.

Those are some of the findings from the KIDS COUNT Data Book, published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and released Monday. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation also funds Education Lab.) The report ranks Washington 16th overall among the 50 states for child well-being.

cording to the report, about 57% of Washington 3- and 4-year-olds, or 107,000 children, do not attend preschool; the national average is 52%.
education  washington  seattle 
june 2019 by JohnDrake
Creators, Makers, & Doers: Dwaine Carver | Arts & History Blog
What do you like about teaching?
Returning to first principles all the time.


You put a visual in my mind—I want to really understand, you said going to a place, declaring it sacred, building a fire…
Gathering there. By making that fire, drawing a circle in the ground—that’s architecture. That’s making the place. And declaring it. So everything that comes after that—any stacking of stones or any kind of shelter you make to keep the rain off the fire, so you can still gather, that’s making the act of architecture concrete. So architecture maybe isn’t the thing—

It isn’t the object?
Yeah, it’s the act and the intent behind it.

[Long pause] So, kids are doing architecture all the time.
You hide under the table as a child—

That’s all they do!
That’s right. That’s precisely right. So, get underneath the dining room table while your mother is setting up Thanksgiving dinner—that’s an architectural act.

You just blew my mind.


There’s no restraint, the focus is lost. I think an unlimited budget is the worst thing to happen to anyone. Win the lottery, that’s a surefire way to ruin your life. This goes for artists and designers, as well. Win the lottery that way and you’re done. What are you going to do? You’re just going to play for the rest of your life and think every new doodad is an answer to something. The constraints of a budget, the constraints of a site, the constraints of whatever, are absolutely necessary. Otherwise you’re just going to try and make the thing that encompasses everything.

Just, like, way overdoing it?
It’s like a typical mistake for an art student, I’ll use painting because it’s a really clear example to me, a student painter thinks they’re going to make a painting that answers all of the questions of painting. And they’re not satisfied if they’re doing that. It’s like no, no, no; you have to ask one question of painting. Make a painting that grapples with that question.

(shared by Sarah)
architecture  education  design  people  creativity 
june 2019 by JohnDrake
'Poverty is our biggest challenge in education'
Policymakers have repeatedly tried to break the link between learning and socioeconomic status, the study points out, yet interventions have largely been unable to dent the trend.

Eligibility for free and reduced-price meals is a standard measure of student poverty. In Idaho, students who qualify for the federal subsidy have trailed their more affluent peers in proficiency rates on standardized tests by more than 20 percentage points — for at least four consecutive years.

Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of the gap in math and English, according to the State Department of Education:

2014-15: 23.3 percentage points.
2015-16: 22.6 percentage points.
2016-17: 23.4 percentage points.
2017-18: 23.9 percentage points.
education  idaho  economy  income_inequality 
june 2019 by JohnDrake
Project Idaho: Varied responses to education outcomes | KBOI
"If you're critical of anything it appears to come from a negative perspective. I think the reality is if we're going to make a genuine effort to improve we have to know where we are," Quarles said. "If we don't begin to make bold leadership commitments and then hold ourselves accountable to new expectations that gap is going to continually get wider and you'll have larger swaths of Idahoans not even being able to get a foot in the door once they complete their educational path."
planning_JKAF  idaho  education 
march 2019 by JohnDrake
Why? — Idaho at Risk
Over the last four years through some of our initiative work, we have had one-on-one conversations with more than 14,000 high school students state-wide. We’ve learned a lot about trends in teens’ thinking and their overall school experiences. Some disturbing themes have arisen out of this work. There is a growing sense of hopelessness and fear as they think about their futures, and there is an overwhelming lack of engagement in daily school life. Gallup, the largest public polling agency in the world, has identified that hope and engagement are a better predictor of post-secondary success than standardized test scores. Again, while imperfect, the indicators in this report support the reality that the current antiquated education system is coming up short when it comes to preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges and many of our students are disenfranchised.
idaho  education  planning_JKAF 
february 2019 by JohnDrake
Number of People With Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees Double Since 2000
The educational level of American adults is on the rise as more college graduates go on to earn master’s, professional and doctoral degrees.

Since 2000, the number of people age 25 and over whose highest degree was a master’s has doubled to 21 million. The number of doctoral degree holders has more than doubled to 4.5 million.

Now, about 13.1 percent of U.S. adults have an advanced degree, up from 8.6 percent in 2000.
america  census  education 
february 2019 by JohnDrake
Idaho's 'go-on rate' shows no improvement
What is the go-on rate — and why is it significant?

The go-on rate tracks high school graduates who enroll in a two- or four-year college.

Since it is strictly a college enrollment measure, it doesn’t take into account the high school graduates who decide to pursue a professional certificate. And the fall go-on rate doesn’t account for high school grads who put college on hold to enlist in the military, serve a church mission or take a “gap year” to earn money for tuition.

This year’s raw numbers: Close to 8,200 high school grads went straight to college. More than 10,100 graduates did something else.


Gaps and common themes

A few patterns emerge in the new numbers:

In high-poverty districts — where at least 60 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch — high school graduates are less likely to attend college. The go-on rate was 41.5 percent.
The go-on rate for charter schools came in at 43.5 percent, slightly below the state average.
planning_JKAF  idaho  teens  education 
february 2019 by JohnDrake
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikipedia
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
learning  education  quotes 
february 2019 by JohnDrake
Student Support From Faculty, Mentors Varies by Major
Support From Mentors and Faculty Most Common Among Arts and Humanities Majors:

Results from questions gauging support from professors and mentors vary substantially by students' broad fields of study. Those with majors in the arts and humanities (which include languages, literature, history, philosophy and the creative arts) are significantly more likely than those majoring in business, science and engineering, or the social sciences to strongly agree with each of three items, particularly having a professor who makes them excited about learning.
art  education  college  america 
january 2019 by JohnDrake
Idaho must transform to get more college, postsecondary grads | Idaho Statesman
State leaders want more high school graduates to continue their education — to prepare young adults for a changing labor market, and to help Idaho compete economically. This ambitious aim runs headway into hard realities.

Rooted in economics.

Rooted in geography.

Rooted in culture.
idahoeconomy  idaho  education  planning_JKAF 
november 2018 by JohnDrake
Confidence in Higher Education Down Since 2015
Confidence at 48%.

Republicans and Democrats now show a 23-point gap in confidence in higher education, compared with 12 points in 2015.

No other institution has shown a larger drop in confidence over the past three years than higher education. The next-largest decline was a four-point decrease in confidence in the church or organized religion. Since 2015, there has been a five-point increase in confidence in the Supreme Court and four-point increases for the presidency and big business. On average, confidence in the institutions Gallup tracks annually shows a one-point increase in confidence since 2015.
college  education 
october 2018 by JohnDrake
Seven in 10 Parents Satisfied With Their Child's Education
As children across the U.S. begin a new school year, parents continue to be much more satisfied with the quality of the education their child is receiving than with K-12 education in the U.S. overall. Seven in 10 parents with school-aged children are "completely" or "somewhat" satisfied with the quality of their oldest child's education, while 48% say the same about the quality of K-12 education in the U.S.


Parents of school-aged children mirror the attitudes of all Americans when it comes to rating the quality of education in the nation's schools. Currently, 43% of Americans are satisfied, slightly below the 48% of parents of K-12 students who are satisfied.


Parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade in the U.S. remain much more satisfied with the quality of their child's education than U.S. education overall. This trend, which has endured for two decades, is further evidence of a common pattern in Gallup polling that finds more positivity about one's own situation than the same issue or entity on a larger national scale. Similar patterns are consistently seen in Americans' assessments of healthcare, crime and elected officials.
education  nimby 
august 2018 by JohnDrake
Free programming classes, don’t pay back until hired.
july 2018 by JohnDrake
Education Week
Still, some activities are more accessible than others. Overall, 76 percent of children played outside every day during the summer following kindergarten. The NCES found no measurable differences in outside playtime based on families' poverty status or parents' education.
america  education  parenting  planning_JKAF 
may 2018 by JohnDrake
- LAO 1(3) Socrates on Technology
But of course, I only know about Socrates' opposition to books because Plato wrote it down in a book. And further, can quote Socrates this morning -- from my desk, without a trip to the library -- because I can access an indexed edition of Plato online. So maybe it's true, as a long line of philosophers from Socrates to Marshall McLuhan have told us, that technology inevitably changes consciousness, and that such changes always entail loss. But they always entail gains as well. The really useful discussions are about how we will adapt, not whether we should.
philosophy  education 
march 2018 by JohnDrake
High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success? | McKinsey & Company
This outcome confirms what many experts already believe to be true, that building and maintaining human capital—particularly through prioritizing education and healthcare programs—should be the single most important focus for states.
mckinsey  planning_JKAF  idaho  states  america  healthcare  education  crime 
february 2018 by JohnDrake
10 tough questions we get asked | Bill Gates
For any new approach to take off, you need three things. First you have to run a pilot project showing that the approach works. Then the work has to sustain itself. Finally, the approach has to spread to other places.


We recently announced some changes in our education work that take these lessons into account. --> Everything we do in education begins as an idea that educators bring to us. They’re the ones who live and breathe this work, who have dedicated their careers to improving systems that are failing many students today, especially minority students.

That’s definitely true of our new strategy. We will work with networks of middle and high schools across the country to help them develop and implement their own strategies for overcoming the obstacles that keep students from succeeding.


In philanthropy, you look for problems that can’t be fixed by the market or governments. The clean-energy problem can be fixed by both—as long as governments fund basic research and create incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and investors are patient while companies turn that research into marketable products. That’s why I’m working on it personally rather than through our foundation.


When more children live past the age of 5, and when mothers can decide if and when to have children, population sizes don’t go up. They go down. Parents have fewer children when they’re confident those children will survive into adulthood.


Even though our foundation is the biggest in the world, the money we have is very small compared to what businesses and governments spend. For example, California spends more than our entire endowment just to run its public school system for one year.

So we use our resources in a very specific way: to test out promising innovations, collect and analyze the data, and let businesses and governments scale up and sustain what works. We’re like an incubator in that way. We aim to improve the quality of the ideas that go into public policies and to steer funding toward those ideas that have the most impact.


There’s another issue at the heart of this question. If we think it’s unfair that we have so much wealth, why don’t we give it all to the government? The answer is that we think there’s always going to be a unique role for foundations. They’re able to take a global view to find the greatest needs, take a long-term approach to solving problems, and manage high-risk projects that governments can’t take on and corporations won’t. If a government tries an idea that fails, someone wasn’t doing their job. Whereas if we don’t try some ideas that fail, we’re not doing our jobs.
brand_gates_foundation  education  planning_JKAF  global  planning_path 
february 2018 by JohnDrake
Everyone a Changemaker - The New York Times
Drayton believes we’re in the middle of a necessary but painful historical transition. For millenniums most people’s lives had a certain pattern. You went to school to learn a trade or a skill — baking, farming or accounting. Then you could go into the work force and make a good living repeating the same skill over the course of your career.

But these days machines can do pretty much anything that’s repetitive. The new world requires a different sort of person. Drayton calls this new sort of person a changemaker.

Changemakers are people who can see the patterns around them, identify the problems in any situation, figure out ways to solve the problem, organize fluid teams, lead collective action and then continually adapt as situations change.


The central challenge of our time, Drayton says, is to make everyone a changemaker. To do that you start young. Your kid is 12. She tells you about some problem — the other kids at school are systematically mean to special-needs students. This is a big moment. You pause what you are doing and ask her if there’s anything she thinks she can do to solve the problem, not just for this kid but for the next time it happens, too.

Very few kids take action to solve the first problem they see, but eventually they come back having conceived and owning an idea. They organize their friends and do something. The adult job now is to get out of the way. Put the kids in charge.

Once a kid has had an idea, built a team and changed her world, she’s a changemaker. She has the power. She’ll go on to organize more teams. She will always be needed.
thefuture  leadership  education  planning_JKAF  parenting 
february 2018 by JohnDrake
Towards a Reskilling Revolution | World Economic Forum
The average US worker will have more than 20 job transition options with the same our higher compensation;

The need for new roles will affect women more than men, the net impact of women’s wages should be significantly positive;

“for all workers, continuous learning will not only be key to securing employment but also to building stable, fulfilling careers and seizing rewarding job transition opportunities.”
education  planning_JKAF  growthmindset  thefuture 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
Ybarra asks lawmakers to increase public school funding by 6.8 percent
Highlights from Ybarra’s budget proposal include:

$41.7 million more for educators’ raises and benefits under the career ladder salary law
$19 million more for discretionary funding for districts (a funding source sometimes called operations funding). Within that $19 million, Ybarra would carve out $7.2 million for health insurance costs.
$8.6 million more for classroom technology and WiFi.
$8 million more for advanced opportunities programs that let students accelerate their education or earn college credits in high school.
$2 million more for college and career counselors.
$1.4 million in additional state funding to expand the state’s mastery-based education program.
education  idaho  planning_JKAF 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
Idaho college enrollment continues to increase
Idaho’s college enrollment numbers surpassed a milestone — and defied a downward national trend.

Idaho’s undergraduate enrollment totaled 100,851, according to fall 2017 statistics from the National Student Clearinghouse. In clearing the 100,000 plateau, Idaho also saw a 1.6 percent enrollment increase.

And that increase comes as national undergraduate enrollment dropped by 224,000 students, a 1 percent decrease.
idaho  education  planning_JKAF 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a Bachelor's Degree | Money
According to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 25 highest-paying jobs that you don’t need a four-year degree to pursue.

Each has a median annual salary of at least $68,000.
planning_JKAF  education 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
Manufacturing Jobs Have Disappeared In The U.S. Here’s How High Schools Could Help. | GOOD
It’s an attractive option for startups that need a workspace. Especially because rent is free.

But with free rent comes a tradeoff. When they work on campus, entrepreneurs must agree to work side by side with students. Students serve as their interns and mentees. They work directly in the ventures, and, on the job, learn how to run businesses. In doing so, students have a direct hand in the ventures — and in the town’s economy. But Tiger Ventures has a larger goal for the students.
planning_JKAF  education  teens 
december 2017 by JohnDrake
Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017
Between 2000 and 2017, the percentage of all people age 25 and older who had not completed high school decreased by more than one-third, dropping from 16 percent to 10 percent.
planning_JKAF  education 
december 2017 by JohnDrake
Jenny Durkan takes step on free-college promise on 1st full day as Seattle mayor | The Seattle Times
Durkan in August pitched a Seattle Promise program she said would offer all of the city’s public high-school grads up to two years of tuition help at community and technical colleges.

The new program will be modeled on the existing 13th Year Promise Scholarship, which has been privately funded by Seattle-area businesses and individual donors and which has allowed students graduating from Cleveland, Chief Sealth International and Rainier Beach High schools to attend South Seattle College free for one year.
education  planning_JKAF 
december 2017 by JohnDrake
Brookings Digital Job Growth America
The share of jobs requiring digital skills has more than tripled in the US in the 14 years to 2016, according to the Brookings Institute. The fastest growth of digitalisation in the nature of work was amongst previously low-digital jobs, such as personal care or truck driving. And more than 33m jobs (about 25% of the pool) had moved from requiring low digital skills to medium- or high skills.
education  thefuture 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled
Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Kepler, and Boyd excelled by branching out from their core competencies. These men knew how to learn fast, picking up the key ideas and then returning to their specialties. Unlike their forgotten peers, they didn’t continue studying one area past the point of diminishing returns; they got back to work — and the results were extraordinary.
personalstrategies  workplace  growthmindset  education  planning 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
Report: 30 Million Well-Paying Jobs, Mostly in the West and South, Exist for Workers Without Bachelor’s Degrees | The 74
The report’s authors say that two-year degree programs and industry credentials may be the key to the future economy
education  america  planning_JKAF  economy 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
Get Schooled
Site advertising to teens. Note teen videos.
education  planning_JKAF  teens 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
CEO of yogurt giant Chobani expands in Idaho despite turmoil | The Seattle Times
“It’s an ecosystem generated for food making,” he said. “There’s now a general knowledge around food science that wasn’t there 10 years ago.”

The boon extends to Chobani’s Idaho workers, who earn an average of $15 an hour, more than twice the minimum wage of $7.25.
education  planning_JKAF 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
Bump in U.S. Incomes Doesn’t Erase 50 Years of Pain - The New York Times
“Our findings suggest that both the stagnation of median lifetime income for men, and the increase in lifetime income inequality for men and women, can be traced to changes that newer cohorts have experienced before age 25,” the research team concluded.

That would mean looking at policies directly related to the family and education.

Certainly the kinds of jobs and salaries that high school graduates used to be able to command have dived. “That’s the single most important reason we’re having so much trouble,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “You have to have better skills and more knowledge to make $60,000 to $80,000 a year now than in the past.”

The shrinking rewards of a high school education help explain not only the stress that Americans in the work force are feeling, but also why a larger proportion of men have dropped out altogether during their prime working ages. Work doesn’t pay off the way it used to.

That’s a problem produced not just by the labor market, but also by the educational system, Mr. Haskins said. “We have a lot of people who are very difficult to educate and tend to drop out,” he said. Minorities are especially vulnerable. Without changing that dynamic, he said, it is going to be difficult to halt the hollowing out of the middle class.
economics  employment  history  america  education  planning_JKAF 
november 2017 by JohnDrake
Education Week
The mentors don't fit the stereotype of middle-aged adults who eat lunch with students in the school cafeteria once a week. They're students, just a few years older, who will receive class credit to guide their younger peers through the ups and downs of the first year of high school. The upperclassmen mentors will help with loftier endeavors like setting goals, or the more fraught, day-to-day experiences of being in high school like resolving conflicts or using social media responsibly.

The program, called Peer Group Connection, has given students a sense of responsibility for and accountability to each other, Assistant Principal Uvonda Willis said. For Greene Central, located in the small eastern North Carolina town of Snow Hill, it's a better fit than adult mentoring.


As schools adopt mentoring programs to support and encourage their students, many are also breaking the traditional model of recruiting adult volunteers to regularly meet with students. They're drawn to mentoring by research that shows a connection between consistent, positive relatioships and improved school engagement and attendance.


A 2014 report by the MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, detailed the "mentoring gap." A survey of 1,100 respondents ages 18-21 found that about 1 in 3 of the young people had never had a mentor, either through a formal program or through a more informal adult relationship.
education  planning_JKAF  teens 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
One in five Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend an innovation school | Chalkbeat
Innovation schools are a hybrid between traditional district schools and charter schools. They are run by charter networks and nonprofits, which have almost complete control of daily management. The operators hire and fire teachers, who are not part of the district union. And they control school hours, curriculum and spending.

But innovation schools are overseen by the IPS school board, and they are considered part of the district when it comes to counting enrollment — and test scores.
education  planning_JKAF 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
Building the Workforce: Apprenticeship Program Offers College Credit, Paychecks, and Diplomas - Education Week Video –
Cool video about apprenticeships that highlights the win-win benefits (employers & students). A trained workforce. Life-long value, love of learning, personal satisfaction.

Challenges: Encourage more businesses to create these opportunities (loved the comment: we took our destiny in our own hands) + Raise AWARENESS of these programs among students.
planning_JKAF  education 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
Guide To Experience Marketing
Lots of data and support for guerrilla and event marketing experiences.
eventmarketing  guerillamarketing  guerrilla  planning_JKAF  education 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
What Does it Mean to Be Educated? | Alliance for Self-Directed Education
So what does it mean to be educated? Let me share the best definition I’ve run across after a decade and a half of searching, from John Taylor Gatto:

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”
If that’s too wordy, allow me to propose a one-sentence condensation: an education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one handed to you.

Who is John Taylor Gatto?:

John Taylor Gatto spent 26 years as a public school teacher in New York City, helping kids get out of his classroom and into their communities to do service projects, apprenticeships, start businesses, and advocate for political causes. He won the New York City Teacher of the Year award three years in a row, and then the New York State teacher of the year award, before quitting his job because he didn’t want to make a living “hurting kids” anymore. Gatto started writing and speaking widely about the system in which he believed he wasn’t really teaching academics but rather teaching seven hidden lessons: confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, provisional self-esteem, and the idea that you cannot hide from authority
planning_JKAF  education 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
Second Thoughts on College Major Linked to Source of Advice
The inaugural report, On Second Thought: U.S. Adults Reflect on Their Education Decisions, found that 51% of adults with at least some postsecondary education would change one of three decisions about their education path. While 12% said they would pursue a different degree type, 28% would attend a different school and 36% would choose a different major.
education  college 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
2017’s Best
Wyoming has the highest average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $47,185, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $24,508.
planning_jkaf  education 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Latest 'go-on' snapshot shows some improvement
Idaho's 2016 "go-on rate" — the percentage of high school graduates to enroll in college within a year of getting a diploma — sits at 48 percent. That number is a preliminary snapshot, however, and State Board of Education officials say the final figure could be higher. Here's how the current number compares with the preceding five years.
planning_JKAF  idaho  idahoeconomy  education 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Target 2025? Task force presses reset on the '60 percent goal'
The task force signed off on a formula to reach the 60 percent threshold by 2025. The math is based on increased enrollment at Idaho’s established colleges and universities; increased graduation rates at these schools; and an influx of online students and students at Idaho Falls’ fledgling College of Eastern Idaho.
planning_JKAF  education  idaho 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Project XQ
XQ  education 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Seven ways you can help support students and high schools in your community
You care about high schools and high school students, and you want to help. But what can you do? How can you help your local high school in a way that’s truly helpful and doesn’t just get in the way?

The first step is to expand your definition of what it means to help.

Great high schools are “porous,” meaning they have many connections between what happens inside the classroom and what happens in the community. If you’re part of the community, you can be one of those connections. That’s helping.
planning_JKAF  education  XQ 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Confidence in U.S. Public Schools Rallies
Americans' confidence in the nation's public schools edged up in 2017. The 36% of U.S. adults who express "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in public schools is a six-percentage-point increase from 2016 and marks the highest confidence rating in eight years.
education  planning_JKAF  america 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
How a NYC Micro-School Is Rethinking Classrooms and Tests — and Using Projects to Inspire Learning | The 74
He sees Portfolio as an incubator — a test environment for a learning style that goes deeper than modern-day edtech, and a proving ground for a style that he believes will catch on beyond the walls of his first micro-school. “It’s not about kids having to learn more and more content, it’s about what they do with that content,” Habib says. “When kids engage in interdisciplinary team projects and build something that’s substantial, they will learn these skills naturally… Our team believes this is the way that every child in the 21st century should learn.”
planning_JKAF  education  collaboration 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Private Schools First, Public Schools Last in K-12 Ratings | Gallup
This year's overall rank order is the same as what Gallup found in its only prior measurement, in August 2012. However, since then, the percentage of U.S. adults who consider public school education as excellent or good increased by seven percentage points, while positive perceptions of private school education fell by the same amount.
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Spring reading scores show signs of improvement
But the most recent reading scores also illustrate the task at hand. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, more than 23,000 K-3 students still could not read at grade level.
planning_JKAF  education 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Seeing Hope for Flagging Economy, West Virginia Revamps Vocational Track
When it comes to technical education, the United States is an
outlier compared with other developed nations. Only 6 percent of American high school students were enrolled in a vocational course of study, according to a 2013 Department of Education report. In the United Kingdom, 42 percent were on the vocational track; in Germany, it was 59 percent; in the Netherlands, 67 percent; and in Japan, 25 percent
planning_jkaf  education 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Cleaving to the Medieval, Journeymen Ply Their Trades in Europe
According to custom, young men and women wishing to become journeymen find someone already on the road to sponsor them and help organize their trip. Prospective journeymen are debt-free, unmarried and no older than 30. They agree to stay away from home for at least as long it took to complete their traineeship — usually two or three years — plus a day, and to live by their wits, their trade and the generosity of strangers.
education  planning_JKAF 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
The U.S. Is the Sick Man of the Developed World - Bloomberg
I realize the type is awfully small if you're reading this on anything other than a big computer screen, but the overall point is that the U.S. has been losing ground relative to other OECD members in most measures of living standards. 1 And in the areas where the U.S. hasn't lost ground (poverty rates, high school graduation rates), it was at or near the bottom of the heap to begin with. The clear message is that the U.S. -- the richest nation on Earth, as is frequently proclaimed, although it's actually not the richest per capita -- is increasingly becoming the developed world's poor relation as far as the actual living standards of most of its population go.
america  economics  global  politics  education 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Education Week
#1 - The transition to high school is the most critical time for high school and college graduation. Graduation used to be thought of as something that happened at the end of high school. Research now shows that whether students graduate is largely set during their first year. This is a time of substantial change, when students suddenly have both more personal responsibility and less adult support. This is also when students develop their mindsets about whether or not they can be successful — and belong — in high school. Mindsets are incredibly powerful and persistent. If students succeed in ninth grade, they know they belong. If they fail, they will perpetually wonder if they will fail again. This is a time when schools can have outsized influence on whether students eventually succeed.
education  planning_JKAF  teens 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
Don’t forget rural schools • AEI
In many ways, rural schools are fundamentally a mystery to a large segment of K-12 experts. With their jobs downtown and their homes in the city or its suburbs, much of our managerial class has little interaction with rural America. Rural communities are, by definition, at a distance from metro­politan centers. They have far fewer nonprofits in operation and ready to receive additional investments. And in many cases, the reforms that have succeeded in big cities, like charter-school chains, or portable school vouchers, don’t easily translate to rural areas.


In many ways, rural schools are fundamentally a mystery to a large segment of K-12 experts. With their jobs downtown and their homes in the city or its suburbs, much of our managerial class has little interaction with rural America. Rural communities are, by definition, at a distance from metro­politan centers. They have far fewer nonprofits in operation and ready to receive additional investments. And in many cases, the reforms that have succeeded in big cities, like charter-school chains, or portable school vouchers, don’t easily translate to rural areas.

We found, for example, that while rural students have higher high-school graduation rates, their high-school coursework can be measurably less rigorous, inadequately preparing them for further education. In other words, it appears that a combination of factors makes it reasonable for some communities to treat high school as the end of the educational road.
rural  planning_JKAF  education 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
Donald Trump believes manufacturing equals American prosperity. Our data analysis proves him wrong — Quartz
Why the different outcomes?
One reason is stronger unions in Ontario, which were able to better defend wages; another is that the province’s schools produce highly skilled workers, says Tod Rutherford, a professor at Syracuse University, who has studied auto manufacturing in both places. But Ontario’s diverse economy also played a role. The province doesn’t just build cars; it has pharmaceuticals, finance, biotech, information technology, and other industries. “That just pushes up wage costs, regardless of whether it’s a union job or not,” says Rutherford.
That’s a powerful lesson for Trump and others fixated on manufacturing: It pays to be diverse.
manufacturing  education  planning_JKAF  jobs  economy  america 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
Chicago Will Hold Diplomas Hostage Unless Teens Can Prove They Have Plans After High School | GOOD Education
Beginning with the class of 2020, all Chicago Public School students who meet traditional academic requirements necessary to graduate must also present a post-graduation plan before they can cross the stage to receive their diploma. Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and the city’s Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson hope to raise a million dollars for the “Learn. Plan. Succeed” initiative to add eight additional counselors to 172 high schools that teach almost 110,000 students.
education  planning_JKAF 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
NYTimes: What Should Teenagers’ Summer Plans Include? Adult Mentors
Teenagers can be quick to discount praise from their parents as tainted by obligation or bias. But meaningful feedback from adults outside the family can help catalyze adolescent growth, according to recent research by Belle Liang, a professor of psychology at Boston College


It can also be easier for adolescents to hear hard feedback from adults who aren’t their parents or teachers. A supervisor who encourages a 16-year-old to double-check his work for errors will almost certainly run into a less defensive response than a parent offering the same suggestion. And I’ll admit that in my psychotherapy practice a decent percentage of what I say to adolescents repeats what their folks have already said to them. Few channels contain more emotional noise than those between teenagers and their parents. The comparatively neutral relationship I have with the young people in my practice simply helps my signal get through.


From comments section:
A.K. Missirian's (1983) definition: "The mentor is a resource person, a trusted friend and counsellor with whom you might clear your thinking, sound out the validity of an important decision. He is a person whom you trust to have your best interests at heart, someone who would risk telling you what you need to know even though it might be painful to you. He is someone whose perspective and judgement you value and trust implicitly".
planning_JKAF  education  teens  newyorktimes  parenting 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
Making it in America | McKinsey
The United States always assumed that its forward momentum would carry the next generation toward greater prosperity, just as it took for granted that its technical prowess in manufacturing would guarantee its global market share. But now those assumptions have been upended. Although unemployment is down and wages are finally ticking up again, these indicators can distract from the bigger picture. Tens of millions of workers are struggling to make it in America, and even a full-time job does not guarantee a decent standard of living.


Third, the jobs at stake in 21st-century manufacturing may be service roles or positions requiring digital skills, which means that workforce training will be an important piece of the puzzle. Larger companies will have to do more to develop the capabilities they need by offering their own training, partnering with education providers and industry groups, or establishing workforce platforms.


Problem: While a small number of high-growth metropolitan areas have bounced back strongly in the recovery, real median household incomes remain below their pre-2000 peaks in almost two-thirds of US counties. Meanwhile, the costs of maintaining a middle-class life have continued to climb.


Solution: Shifting the economy into higher gear is a critical first step. The United States has to jumpstart growth and move forward on long-recognized priorities such as restoring business dynamism, investing in infrastructure, improving productivity, and revamping education and training. And the nation will have to do a better job of executing on these goals

It is possible to remove some of the barriers that keep workers from seeking out better opportunities, such as non-compete agreements, excessive occupational licensing requirements, inadequate child care and family support, and affordable housing shortages in booming job markets.
america  planning_JKAF  economy  education  mckinsey 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
NYTimes: Out of High School, Into Real Life
Qualitative stories about how and why some high school graduates are not going on to any type of college.
education  america  planning_JKAF 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
Back-to-School Shopping to Grow 4.0% in 2017 | eMarketer Retail
US retail sales during the back-to-school shopping season of July and August 2017 will grow 4.0% over 2016, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. During those core months, US retail sales will reach $857.18 billion, accounting for 17.0% of total retail sales for the year
retail  education  backtoschool 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
Big news in tiny Onalaska, Washington: All 43 grads were accepted to college | The Seattle Times
Only about 40 schools offered it as a for-credit class in 2016, according to the state superintendent’s office, and most of those are advisory periods that meet for a short time at the beginning of the day.

But at Onalaska, teachers Kaylene Kenny and Tom Phimister offer a sixth-period “Senior Success” class that meets for 50 minutes a day, all year long.

All the school’s seniors must take that class, where they write college essays, apply for scholarships and fill out financial-aid forms — activities most students in the state do at home.
planning_JKAF  education 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
The People’s Perspective |
Given a choice, 60 percent say public education is the most important issue facing Idaho, compared with 31 percent who say it is the economy and just 8 percent who point to the environment.

Rural residents (48%) are less likely than suburban ones (60%) to recommend their school district to families looking for top-notch schools. And 53% of rural residents say that if Idaho spent more on its public schools the money would get lost along the way, compared with 42% of urban residents.


Idahoans are most enthusiastic (61%) to hear that charters “can specialize in teaching students who have specific interests and talents.” Forty percent strongly approve of encouraging successful charter schools to replicate in communities whose public schools are failing; another 33% somewhat approve.


Where funding inequalities exist, they want Idaho to do something about it. 3 in 4 say Idaho is responsible for making up the difference between poor and wealthy districts.

Grading the system
A 9%
B 35%
C 36%
D 13%
F 4%
idaho  planning_JKAF  rural  education 
april 2017 by JohnDrake
Who Needs Charters When You Have Public Schools Like These? - The New York Times
Beginning in 2004, Union started revamping its schools into what are generally known as community schools. These schools open early, so parents can drop off their kids on their way to work, and stay open late and during summers. They offer students the cornucopia of activities — art, music, science, sports, tutoring — that middle-class families routinely provide. They operate as neighborhood hubs, providing families with access to a health care clinic in the school or nearby; connecting parents to job-training opportunities; delivering clothing, food, furniture and bikes; and enabling teenage mothers to graduate by offering day care for their infants.
education  planning_JKAF  technology 
april 2017 by JohnDrake
How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive - Bloomberg View
Utah has the highest rate of upward mobility in America, some of the best social services, and one of the smallest state governments. How so? Three things: A “cheerfully effective bureaucracy”; an engaged and supportive community; and the overwhelming moral and financial power of the Mormon Church. It is uplifting to see the American dream flourish in Utah, and depressing to think how difficult it would be to replicate these conditions anywhere else. The key is “cultural agreement”
america  utah  states  education  economy  religion 
march 2017 by JohnDrake
J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation offers specialized training to Joint District 171 schools - Clearwater Tribune: School News
As of the 2015-16 school year, 43 Idaho school districts were on a four-day school week–almost two out of every five districts. Nearly all were concentrated in small towns. Six of these communities, including Orofino, have been awarded the opportunity to think differently about leveraging their fifth day for K-12 student learning.
planning_JKAF  idaho  education  rural 
march 2017 by JohnDrake
The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding | WIRED
In Kentucky, mining veteran Rusty Justice decided that code could replace coal. He cofounded Bit Source, a code shop that builds its workforce by retraining coal miners as programmers. Enthusiasm is sky high: Justice got 950 applications for his first 11 positions. Miners, it turns out, are accustomed to deep focus, team play, and working with complex engineering tech. “Coal miners are really technology workers who get dirty,” Justice says.
america  education  employment 
february 2017 by JohnDrake
Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required - The New York Times
“They were very against it,” he said, until they went to the open house. “A lot of my friends who majored in engineering in college told me they wish they had done the apprenticeship because my work experience will put me ahead of everyone else.”
planning_JKAF  education  jobs  america  economy 
february 2017 by JohnDrake
Can We Do More? — Don't Fail Idaho
Don’t Fail Idaho provides a channel to continue this important dialog and to consider the ramifications if we don’t. We want to inspire healthy conversation and debate. We hope questions will continue to be asked around equity, transparency, and accountability as related to all students’ learning. And we hope we can get to a place where we constantly wonder “are we doing everything we can?”
planning_JKAF  education 
january 2017 by JohnDrake
Screen time guidelines need to be built on evidence, not hype | Science | The Guardian
While we agree that the wellbeing of children is a crucial issue and that the impact of screen-based lifestyles demands serious investigation, the message that many parents will hear is that screens are inherently harmful. This is simply not supported by solid research and evidence. Furthermore, the concept of “screen time” itself is simplistic and arguably meaningless, and the focus on the amount of screen use is unhelpful. There is little evidence looking at the impact of the context of screen use, and the content that children encounter when using digital technologies – factors that may have a much greater impact than sheer quantity alone.

Digital technologies are part of our children’s lives, necessarily so in the 21st century. We agree that further research is necessary, and urge the government and research funding bodies to invest in this, so that clear policy and better guidelines for parents can be built on evidence, not hyperbole and opinion.
technology  parenting  kids  teens  screen  education 
january 2017 by JohnDrake
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening | Mosaic
“We didn’t say to them, you’re coming in for treatment. We said, we’ll teach you anything you want to learn: music, dance, hip hop, art, martial arts.” The idea was that these different classes could provide a variety of alterations in the kids’ brain chemistry, and give them what they needed to cope better with life: some might crave an experience that could help reduce anxiety, others may be after a rush.

Laws were changed. It became illegal to buy tobacco under the age of 18 and alcohol under the age of 20, and tobacco and alcohol advertising was banned. Links between parents and school were strengthened through parental organisations which by law had to be established in every school, along with school councils with parent representatives. Parents were encouraged to attend talks on the importance of spending a quantity of time with their children rather than occasional “quality time”, on talking to their kids about their lives, on knowing who their kids were friends with, and on keeping their children home in the evenings.

A law was also passed prohibiting children aged between 13 and 16 from being outside after 10pm in winter and midnight in summer. It’s still in effect today.

Home and School, the national umbrella body for parental organisations, introduced agreements for parents to sign. The content varies depending on the age group, and individual organisations can decide what they want to include. For kids aged 13 and up, parents can pledge to follow all the recommendations, and also, for example, not to allow their kids to have unsupervised parties, not to buy alcohol for minors, and to keep an eye on the wellbeing of other children.

These agreements educate parents but also help to strengthen their authority in the home, argues Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir, director of Home and School. “Then it becomes harder to use the oldest excuse in the book: ‘But everybody else can!’”
planning_JKAF  education  teen 
january 2017 by JohnDrake
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