U.S. Department of Labor Grants Competition for State Workforce Agencies
The Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of $12.2 million for grants to state workforce agencies to develop state workforce longitudinal administrative data systems through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. These data systems will include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance and will be linked longitudinally at the participant level. These systems will also enable workforce data to be matched with education data, from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary. (This effort is similar to those of the U.S. Department of Education to build robust data systems that provide information on student progress and help improve practice as one aspect of the Roadmap to Reform.) A prerecorded webinar for prospective applicants will be available for viewing at: http://www.workforce3one.org starting on June 21, 2010, by 3 p.m. ET. The deadline for applications is Aug. 16, 2010. For more information, see the Federal Register notice at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-11610.pdf.
IES Adult and Postsecondary Education Research Center Competitions
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is holding a competitive peer-reviewed competition to establish both a National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Adult Literacy and a National Research and Development Center on Postsecondary Education and Employment. The purpose of the adult literacy research center is principally to conduct research on the underlying cognitive processes that contribute to or inhibit the reading and/or basic mathematics performance of adult learners and to develop and test interventions to support the instruction of adult learners in adult basic education, English literacy, or adult secondary education programs. The postsecondary research center will analyze state longitudinal data systems for K-12 education, postsecondary education and employment in order to examine relationships between postsecondary education, including education and training prior to the bachelor's degree level, and employment outcomes. The deadline for applications is Sept. 16, 2010.
Opportunity to Participate in 2010 U.S. Innovative Education Forum
The 2010 U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF) is a part of the Innovative Teachers program, a global community of educators sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning and built on the understanding that informed, empowered teachers are at the heart of meaningful and effective teaching and learning.
The 2010 U.S. IEF will recognize outstanding teaching teams of two educators per team that implement 21st century skills into student learning projects. The theme for the 2010 U.S. IEF is "Inspire moreInspire more collaboration, Inspire more ways to build community, Inspire more technology- rich content." Projects should demonstrate innovative use of technology in teaching that inspires innovation in collaboration, community, exploration and service by educators with peers and students while developing 21st century skills. Teams will be selected through an application process to participate in the U.S. Innovative Education Forum on July 29-30, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is June 10, 2010. The winning team, determined at the July event, will be invited to represent the U.S. at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2010. There is no fee to attend and travel expenses for both events are supported by Microsoft.
Report: Fewer Hispanic Dropouts Earn GEDs
The Pew Hispanic Center recently released an analysis showing that Hispanic high school dropouts are much less likely to earn General Educational Development (GED) credentials than are their white or black counterparts, especially if they are immigrants. While Hispanics have a much higher high school dropout rate than do blacks or whites, only one in 10 Hispanic dropouts has a GED, compared with two in 10 black high school dropouts and three in 10 white high school dropouts. The report shows that 41 percent of Hispanics age 20 and older in the United States do not have a regular high school diploma, compared with 23 percent of black and 14 percent of white adults.