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Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Ascend Indiana is a nonprofit intermediary organization that connects Hoosiers to in-demand careers and regional employers to skilled talent, fostering cross-sector partnerships, building capacity, and developing insights that enable system-level change to transform the career trajectory of youth and adults in the community. As part of their…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, High School Students, Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. students attend rural schools. However, during policy discussions, rural schools' unique challenges are often eclipsed by those of their urban and suburban counterparts. This report is a case study of an innovative, replicable public education experiment at three rural Texas high schools called the Rural Schools Innovation Zone2…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, High Schools, School Districts
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Fewer young adults believe college is important, only about one-third of the American public has confidence in higher education. A recent study from Pew Research Center revealed that Americans are increasingly concerned about affordability, access, and the overall payoff of a college degree. Meanwhile, technological advances and AI have begun to…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Federal Aid, Grants
Goodman, Veronica; Pankovits, Tressa; Murphy, Tess – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
Research shows that employers are less likely to hire workers with little to no experience for the "first jobs" that many younger workers rely on to build their skills and credentials. Without those first jobs, many will face fewer paths to enter the workforce. To help the non-college-bound, the nation's education system needs to create…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Job Training
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what many call a "portfolio strategy." Others call it "reinvention," a "21st century approach," or "relinquishment." By whatever name, it generally means that districts negotiate performance agreements with some mix of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies