Research on Effective Work-based Learning
March 15, 2013
By: Ann Ultsch, ACTE intern
In a recent article in CenterPoint, the National Research Center for CTE reviewed a new publication that examines work-based learning (WBL) as an important component of secondary CTE programs.
FHI 360 recently conducted a study looking into how WBL fits into U.S. education. They identified the strengths and weaknesses of WBL programs and practices, such as internships/co-operative education (co-op), youth apprenticeships and school-based enterprises, and made recommendations to state leaders, including:
- Provide a clear reason for and emphasize the value of WBL, especially the learning component of real-life experience
- Offer resources and information about components of high-quality WBL programs
- Provide professional development for teachers and WBL coordinators to develop instructional strategies, including for cognitive transfer of problem-solving skills
- Convene meetings with employer associations and labor unions to achieve buy-in for the creation of more meaningful WBL programs connected to school curriculum
- Require the broadening of selection criteria and provisions for access so more students can participate in WBL
- Demonstrate strategies for involving academic and CTE teachers in the WBL process so that WBL is connected to classroom learning
- Provide better guidelines for accountability for student learning in WBL programs
- Fund WBL coordinators for each project with adequate support and resources
You can read more on the report and recommendations to improve WBL programs across the nation here.
Ann Ultsch is an intern with the ACTE Public Policy Department and a student at Wittenberg University in Ohio studying political science and English.
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
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