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Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009. Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website. For decades, at many companies that I worked for, I wasn’t allowed to hire unless somebody had a four-year degree.”. That timespan should look familiar: The Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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One way is through acquisitions like the one his university made of the Claremont School of Theology in California, or CST, which is being moved to the Salem, Oregon, campus of Willamette, just as private companies consolidate to increase their size and cost-effectiveness. Colleges are also working to reduce their numbers of dropouts on the principle that it’s cheaper to provide the kind of support required to keep tuition-paying students than to recruit more.

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

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Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and the city’s Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson hope to raise a million dollars for the “ Learn. Even though the unemployment rate has improved in the last decade, the class of 2016 joined “a sizable backlog of unemployed college graduates” dating back to 2009, the study found. The point is, initiatives such as “Learn. Related: Learning is social and emotional; our classrooms should be too.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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In meetings with his academic adviser during the second semester of his freshman year, Robinson said he learned that though his GPA was solid, the school’s computer algorithm saw trouble. For more stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn subscribe to the Educate podcast. Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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Around 2009, Lee learned about the Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, where students from across the country gather for three days to compete, take workshops and nerd out over musical theater. A two-year pilot program for a year-round, after-school theater club at Yung Wing was underwritten by Freddie and Myrna Gershon, a philanthropically minded theater-world couple (Freddie is chairman and CEO of the licensing company Music Theatre International). Future of Learning.