Bits 'n' Pieces
Items of interest to our members and affiliates ...
Medical Academy Video
Students at Gladstone High School in Covina, California, are hard at work learning everything they can about the medical field. It's a four-year medical academy that gives students hands-on experience. They learn everything from drawing blood to taking vital signs and giving electrocardiogram exams. Gladstone High was awarded the Youth Career Connect Grant to establish the medical academy. Students who complete the four-year academy have medical certificates when they graduate high school. For more information, watch the video.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill designed to revise and replace No Child Left Behind. This new law delivers a desperately needed fix to our schools. It reduces dependence on standardized tests and one-size-fits-all mandates, ensures that our education system will prepare every child to graduate from high school ready for college and careers, and provides more children access to high-quality state preschool programs. Download the progress report here.
Work-Based Learning for Under 18 Years
Employers interested in working with young people are often concerned about barriers that may limit access to workplaces, such as labor laws and liability issues. The 2015 brief titled Not As Hard As You Think: Engaging High School Students in Workbased Learning (Jobs for the Future and the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education) is intended to allay concerns about perceived barriers to young people's access to workplaces and to highlight the successes of employers who have opened their doors to high school students. Go here to download the brief.