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ERIC Number: ED477375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Four Building Blocks for a System of Educational Opportunity: Developing Pathways to and through College for Urban Youth. From the Margins to the Mainstream.
Steinberg, Adria; Almeida, Cheryl; Allen, Lili; Goldberger, Sue
This paper is directed to policy and practice leaders interested in making urban secondary and postsecondary learning environments more widely available, especially to young people who have not been well-served by the large, impersonal high schools dominating most cities. Section 1, "Coming of Age in a Time of Economic and Demographic Change," reviews the demographic and economic trends that create an imperative to develop effective alternatives to the one-size-fits-all high school. Section 2, "New Ferment, New Opportunities," discusses the policy ferment and growing momentum for high school reform in urban centers that make the development of more varied and effective learning options possible. Section 3, "A Portfolio of Learning Environments for Urban Youth," highlights a range of learning environments that produce strong results for urban youths. These innovations cluster into four institutional forms that reach across the usual boundaries between secondary and postsecondary education, education and youth development, and employment and learning, providing building blocks for a redesigned system. Section 4, "Investing in New Learning Environments and Educational Pathways," presents a set of specific recommendations for policy and practice leaders committed to developing programs that work. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.