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ERIC Number: ED397514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
Connecting Learning and Work: A Call to Action.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Connecting Learning and Work is a set of initiatives that combines education reform, work-force preparation, and economic development to prepare individuals for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, and career success. This report describes shifts in thinking about how students learn: meeting the needs of learners; schools, communities, and work sites as classrooms; assessment and certification of what students know and can do; flexible funding across institutions and through local partnerships; and lifelong learning. The report identifies nine critical needs that are emerging: (1) for new collaborative relationships that give local partnerships the power to make decisions; (2) for a shared understanding of what will be accomplished; (3) for students to obtain credentials that tell potential employers and postsecondary institutions what they know and can do; (4) for a system that serves all students; (5) to strengthen relationships between K-12 and postsecondary education; (6) to include employers as partners in education; (7) to prepare educators for teaching in ways that connect learning and work; (8) to hold local and regional partnerships accountable; and (9) for state leadership and individual responsibility. Steps for meeting these needs are suggested for state leaders and policymakers; parents and students; schools, school districts, and communities; higher education; and employers, employees, and business leaders. The foreword was written by Governor Tommy G. Thompson, Wisconsin, 1995-96 ECS Chairman. A list of resource organizations is included. Appendices contain a matrix that depicts the roles and components in an effective system connecting learning and work and a list of related publications from ECS. (Contains 19 references.) (LMI)
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427; fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; (Stock No. LW-96-1; $15 plus $4.25 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A