A strategy to help youth obtain the postsecondary credentials needed to attain economic success must address the reason so many high school and college students drop out — the lack of a clear connection to career opportunities, a report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education finds.
Funded by Accenture and the DeVry, Irvine, Kellogg, Pearson, and Nellie Mae Education foundations, the study, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century (52 pages, PDF), describes how, through vocational and technical programs, many European countries offer a broad cross-section of students diverse, robust pathways to careers and postsecondary options.
The challenge, the authors suggest, is to build within the Common Core standards enough differentiation in the eleventh and twelfth grades to enable non-college bound youth to begin preparing for viable careers, as well as provide opportunities for work-linked learning through job shadowing and internships.
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Lou Bailey, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, sent us this adorable photo of her rat terrier, Roo...complete with reading glasses! http://www.sstx.org
Dixie Neeley, the Founder of the Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary in Bulverde, rescued this off-the-track thoroughbred from a boys ranch. Malt & Jam was starved and had a broken shoulder. The picture was taken last summer - he is totally healed and healthy! http://www.triplememac.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary recently became home to two tiny American black bear cubs, one male and one female, who were found abandoned in their wild Alaska. These two were young, helpless, and unable to survive on their own. As such, they were transported to their new forever home in Texas. At IEAS, they will have 1.5 acres of forest, meadow, and grass to thrive in. With the help of Emotional Enrichment, they will learn to find security and trust in their new family. IEAS staff is eager and excited to make the lives of these cubs as amazing as possible, and they can't wait to watch them live like wild bears in a safe, caring environment!