This report brings together data, research, and lessons learned to guide the development of successful and lasting partnerships between the business and early childhood education communities. In surveys, focus groups, and interviews, we asked business leaders and early education advocates about what compels them to action. Our recommendations are grounded in that qualitative and quantitative research.
December 31, 2019
Renewable Learning: How A New Partnership is Taking a Sustainable Approach to Workforce Development
As the labor market tightens and the pace of technological change continues to accelerate, it’s becoming an increasingly common theme that the traditional “one-and-done” model of education is over. Workers and job seekers are finding that the skills learned in high school and college can no longer carry them throughout their careers. As a result, employers, policymakers, and analysts alike are increasingly calling for new approaches to lifelong learning that will help upskill and re-skill individuals to compete and succeed in a fast-changing economy.
In this shifting landscape education and workforce organizations are joining forces to experiment with new models with the potential to create pathways to opportunity and economic mobility.
This need for a new approach to lifelong learning inspired the San Diego Workforce Partnership and University of California San Diego Extension (UCSDx) to launch a new, first-of-its-kind workforce development program this spring. Known as the Workforce ISA Fund and backed by a cadre of impact investors including Google.org, Strada Education Network, and the James Irvine Foundation, the initiative is designed around a principle that is taking hold across the education and upskilling ecosystem: education financing that is outcomes-based, career-focused, and sustainable for providers.
How does the Workforce ISA Fund work? Michael Horn’s op-ed in Forbes, introduced the concept of “renewable learning”: a new approach that could “leverage investments in workforce development to create evergreen funds that recycle prior outlays to fund future adult learners to get the training they need.” This approach is made possible through income share agreements (ISAs), an increasingly popular model of outcomes-based education financing which is the namesake of the Workforce ISA Fund.
December 25, 2019
Ignite Student Interest in STEAM for Middle School Educators (6-8)
Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) are widely regarded as critical to the national economy. Concern about the ability to be competitive in the global economy has led to a number of calls for action to strengthen the pipeline into these fields. Expanding and developing the STEM workforce is a critical issue for government, industry leaders, and educators. Educators learn how to engage students in learning experiences that incorporate diverse role models into their instruction, and how to overcome negative STEAM stereotypes. This course highlights proven instructional approaches and resources to help educators ignite interest in STEAM topics and careers. Research shows that learning about STEAM careers and the diverse people working in these fields inspires students and makes the study of science, technology, and engineering with applied mathematics, and art design more meaningful to them. As you proceed through this course, you will discover how easy it is to incorporate discussions of scientists and engineers and the exciting work they do into your teaching practice. The course presents data on student interest and aptitude in science and math, a research-based framework for getting students interesting in STEM and then shows teachers how to make connections to STEAM careers and STEAM professionals while they are teaching science, mathematics, and non-fiction literacy. In this course educators learn how to engage students in learning experiences that incorporate diverse role models into instruction and how to overcome negative STEAM stereotypes. This course highlights proven instructional approaches and resources to help educators ignite interest in STEAM topics and careers. Research shows that learning about STEAM careers and the diversity of individuals working in these fields inspires students and makes the study of science, technology, engineering, applied mathematics, and art design more meaningful to them. This course focuses on educators for Middle School Educators (6-8).