ERIC Number: ED407577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reaching the Next Step: How "School to Career" Can Help Students Reach High Academic Standards and Prepare for Good Jobs.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Too many of today's high school graduates do not have the academic knowledge and skills they need to get good jobs, to enter first-rate vocational training programs, or to earn college degrees. The "school-to-work" (or more broadly, "school-to-career") movement has the potential to bring together the high standards, proven instructional strategies, exposure to work, and incentives for study that will provide an upgraded education for students, especially the average students who have been underserved by high schools. The following seven features are recommended in order to help the school-to-work initiative succeed: (1) provide all students with a strong academic foundation prior to high school; (2) expose all secondary students to rigorous academic coursework in all core subjects; (3) use effective and engaging teaching methods; (4) provide career exposure to improve academic performance and to prepare students for life after high school; (5) create an incentive for students to study and achieve--make a high school diploma count; (6) provide professional development for educators; and (7) use student achievement data to evaluate progress regularly. These recommendations will lead to the improvements in high schools necessary for graduates to leave school prepared for the real world. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Employment Qualifications, Futures (of Society), High School Graduates, High Schools
American Federation of Teachers, Order Dept., 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001; http://www.aft.org/nextstep/index.htm ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.