ERIC Number: ED494186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Postcards from the Margin: A National Dialogue on Accelerating Learning.
Jobs for the Future
The emergence of accelerated learning as a strategy to simultaneously motivate and challenge secondary students offers a prime example of reform driven by the need to better align schools and colleges with economic and social realities. Accelerated learning is a cluster of programs, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual/concurrent enrollment, Early College High Schools, and Tech-Prep, unified by an overarching objective of making the "border" between high school and college or the workforce more navigable. Against this backdrop, a diverse group of approximately 250 stakeholders--elected leaders, educators, researchers, and foundation officials--assembled in Atlanta in June 2006 for a first-of-its kind gathering on accelerated learning. "Accelerated Learning: Shaping Public Policy to Serve Underrepresented Youth," sponsored by Jobs for the Future and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, marked an important evolutionary step for this adaptive innovation, connecting often disconnected conversations and providing a venue to identify and debate key issues and catalyze further research. While some participants came away from the two-day event with unresolved questions about the status and direction of accelerated learning, the forum stimulated an exchange of ideas and perspectives that promises to advance the policy conversations surrounding these issues.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Tech Prep, Acceleration (Education), Educational Change, Public Policy, Research Reports, Resource Allocation, Education Work Relationship, Student Motivation, High School Students, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.; Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.