Six founders of NCEE’s Superintendents Alliance make the case for proficiency based education. Read more.

Check out what we’re reading and watching this month, below.

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A new working paper from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, produced with support from NCEE, explores how secondary schools can optimise young people’s preparation for adult employment at a time of extreme labor market turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read Career ready? How schools can better prepare young people for working life in the era of COVID-19 here.

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University recently released a paper that considers how tutoring could become a permanent feature of the U.S. public education system, outlining a blueprint to take tutoring to scale across the nation and estimating its costs. Read A Blueprint for Scaling Tutoring Across Public Schools here. For additional reading on the topic, see Marc Tucker’s recent blog that highlights the United Kingdom’s effort to provide tutoring services to underserved students amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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Earlier this month, ExcelinEd hosted EdPalooza, a three-day virtual event that brought together U.S. education policy makers, state leaders and practitioners “to ignite ideas, inspire change and boldly shape America’s education future to benefit our students.” During the event, Anthony Mackay moderated a panel discussion – The Moment of Truth for Educational Technology – focused on identifying the short-term, incremental changes needed to help schools to quickly integrate distance education and online learning in the ‘new normal’ of educational delivery. Panelists included: Allison Littlejohn of University College London; Aape Pohjavirta of Funzi; Justin Reich of MIT Learning Lab; and Dirk Van Damme of OECD

The Brookings Institution released a brief highlighting “earn and learn” models of career technical education as an alternative to the traditional path of earning a degree and only then transitioning to work. While the U.S. has some earn-and-learn programs in place—youth and adult apprenticeships, for example—these tend to be small scale compared to what we see in other top-performing jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany.

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