Entries by Kristen

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Backs Teacher-Directed Professional Learning with DonorsChoose

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced a $1.2 million grant to DonorsChoose designed to empower teachers through the funding of professional learning projects that reflect the diversity – and aspirations – of classroom teachers nationwide. The grant automatically funds nearly 700 professional development projects that 600 teachers across 36 states have identified for their own continued learning. Secondly, the grant also […]

Calling Louisiana to boost state’s trained workforce

By Holly Duchmann, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report It was a trip to a local community college during her junior year of high school that sparked Kassy Giroir’s drive to pursue a career in the chemical industry. “That’s when I met a female—she used to be an operator,” Giroir, donned in her embroidered ruby red Shell jumpsuit, […]

Does Gen Z Need a Bachelor’s Degree?

By Kayla Kibbe, InsideHook As massive amounts of student debt and poor employment prospects continue to paint the traditional, four-year college education in an increasingly unattractive light, experts suspect Gen Z’s growing population of high school grads may begin to pursue a different post-secondary path than the indebted millennials before them. According to Harvard Business Review‘s Ryan Craig, […]

FAFSA application period opens Tuesday

By Russell Falcon, KXAN Application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — referred to as the FAFSA — will open Tuesday Oct. 1. The Austin Chamber of Commerce says that high school seniors who file FAFSAs early have the best chance at receiving financial aid. “From Oct. 1 through Dec. 7, the Chamber […]

Calling Colorado Educators: Become the Epicenter of Change in STEM Education through STEMpath

mindSpark Learning’s graduate-level STEM certification program will begin in January, upskilling participants and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, is now accepting applications for STEMpath, its 12-month graduate-level STEM certification program for educators in partnership with Couragion, Metropolitan State University of […]

BloomBoard Launches Micro-credential Based National Board Pre-candidacy Program

New program offers personalized video coaching from National Board Certified educators and flexible financing options to support educators in earning certification   BloomBoard, the leading platform for educator training and advancement via micro-credentials, has announced a new micro-credential based National Board Pre-candidacy Program that supports educators throughout both pre-candidacy and candidacy with personalized video coaching from board […]

Is the achievement gap actually a knowledge gap?

By Nat Malkus, with Natalie Wexler and Ashley Berner, American Enterprise Institute When it comes to teaching reading, most American schools prioritize skill acquisition over background knowledge. Students are asked to find the main idea of a passage without learning the background knowledge that the passage is discussing. However, research shows that background knowledge is […]

States Can Foster Economic Opportunity by Promoting High-Value Credentials

By Kathleen Mathers and Quentin Suffren, EducationNext A computer support specialist with a Cisco Certified Network Associate credential enjoys a median salary of $56,275, while a worker with a certification in food services typically earns a median wage of only $20,180. This is critical information students and families need to make informed choices about their […]

Allstate Foundation to Support mindSpark Learning’s Next Denver Education Accelerator

mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, announced today that the Allstate Foundation will support its upcoming Denver Education Accelerator (EA), which begins in October. As an industry partner, the Allstate Foundation will offer real-world industry expertise, support the EA’s curriculum focused on industry-community engagement and social-emotional learning, and provide generous […]