Here’s the latest sweep from the world of education to employment, where all the job seekers are above average … and sorry for the long delay since the last one! Another one coming soon with a special focus on innovation in the landscape of job search
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- Stepping outside our E2E cocoon, guessing some of you have listened to the recent This American Life podcasts on school integration. If not, definitely worth a listen. On the one hand, it’s unbelievable that an NPR flagship is out there claiming that school integration is the only evidence-backed way to close the achievement gap (“the only thing that’s ever worked”). On the other hand, the story from Ferguson MO (no coincidence) is powerful and it is surprising how school integration has become a (relatively) small feature of the national ed reform conversation after the many failed attempts in the past. Reaction podcast from Justin Cohen and Chris Stewart here and thoughtful Slate 2014 piece on school integration (and more importantly community/housing integration) here. I wish I knew the data/evidence on school integration better and am planning to read more soon.
All the News that’s Fit to Print
- Is government waking up on E2E?
- Hilary Clinton launches the first big ed-to-employment salvo of the presidential campaign. It’s a real hodgepodge — initiatives on student loans (incl human capital loans / income-based repayment), college completion/ROI, etc. — but one exciting and nugget is Title IV $ eligibility for job skills bootcamps. Hilary’s not the only one starting to push for that; feels like just a matter of time
- Fascinating: UK getting all mandatory about job search training for unemployed young folks
- San Francisco making learning to code part of core curriculum city-wide
- Federal court ruling making it easier for employers to offer unpaid internships — esp when directly connected to some formal learning experience/program. Can see this playing out in good and bad/exploitative ways, but hopefully it increases total volume of internship opportunities
- Chinese university starting to experiment with selling its graduates to employers. What’s a university’s core product — its education experience, or its graduates?
- Universities and employers, yeah we hookin’ back up — check out the fascinating positioning of this joint Teen Vogue / Parsons School of Design credential, similar to this Pace / Media storm social media/marketing master’s program I shared in an earlier update, and the new Coursera/Udacity strategic direction. Trend is official
- Depressing — though not entirely surprising — early results from the Kalamazoo Promise, the program in Kalamazoo MI that gives full college scholarships to all high school grads in the city. College completion results haven’t budged much despite the free $$. Full Brookings data/discussion of it here if you want to dive in
News on the Home Team
- Fun NYer story about Andela Fellows from Nigeria visiting their new employer in NYC
- Guild Education joins the home team — founded by our community member Rachel Romer-Carlson (an American Honors alum), and I’m helping as an advisor
- Couple other interesting ventures I’ve come across recently for the first time, worth keeping an eye on
What does it take to make it through — high school, college, job? A guy I met not long ago named Emmanuel grew up in a single-mom Haitian family household of 11 kids in Miami. He did well in school through 9th grade, then had to take time out of school to earn money to help the family make ends meet. Struggled to get back on track, but stuck with it and graduated with good grades in the end. At (dropout factory) high school graduation, something like 100 of the 300 seniors had met graduation requirements. Unbelievably, they had all 300 students show up for the graduation ceremony and sit up on stage in bleachers behind the podium — but then after calling the 100 students (who were all seated in front) who were graduating up to the podium to receive their diplomas, they then dropped the curtain without warning in front of the remaining 200 who were empty-handed. End of ceremony. No explanation, no kind words or apology, just — boom.
Then Emmanuel goes on to Univ of Florida. Does well his freshman year, but start of sophomore years his mom tragically passes away, leaving Emmanuel as the eldest sibling. Emmanuel drops out to head home to take care of his younger siblings. A UF professor he’d connected with during freshman year dials him up, and says, ‘come back — I want to see you get through college. You need to do this. I’ll do whatever it takes.’ He finds a way to make it work, goes back the following year, graduates, goes on to Teach for America, then Deloitte. Thriving now — and clearly someone who’s going to be a leader and builder of great things down the road. Reflecting on nearly dropping out of college, and what kept him in, he said about the professor who reached out and stuck with him: “someone bonded her life to mine.”