Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in News Notes |

During every conversation there are great ideas. Reflection turns them into golden nuggets. Action turns them into new ways of thinking and acting. Examples: “People involved in work or pursuing work don’t create social problems.” “Communities with an entrepreneurial culture flourish. Those that don’t, perish.” “Programs must be self-sustaining or they will die.” If you think deeply about these,...

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When The Student Is Ready…..

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in News Notes |

At lot of time and effort goes into trying to get other people to change, to learn, to behave, to perform. Sometimes it’s best to step back, focus on conditions, remove barriers and simply let go. How many times have you thought or said “someone oughta do something?” As few today believe the state or feds can fix what’s not working in communities, citizens are stepping up all over the country in a myriad ways. One of my...

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Happy New Year! What to Expect

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in News Notes |

Developing a strong, ready and diversified workforce is a top priority going into 2016. The keys are Career & Technical Education & Linked Learning. Thanks to deep engagement by employers and strong commitments from educators, we will complete a strategic plan this month with specific recommendations and next steps. The Civic Learning Partnership is aligning a mix of activities designed to teach the hows, whats and whys of citizenship...

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Both/And Closes the Gap

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 in News Notes |

As we continue to advance the Career & Technical Education Initiative, the equal importance of inner and outer skill development is clear. Knowledge keeps changing. The ability to learn; adapt; influence across networks; initiate; communicate; access, analyze and apply information are all essential success skills. The challenge–how to model and teach these in systems designed for past circumstances. Many have seen the video Jobs In...

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Grad Nation–America’s Promise to Our Kids–Fresno is On It

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in News Notes |

A shift is taking place. Labeling kids with behavior we don’t want has proven to be make things worse. Kids are not “drop-outs”, they are children coping with circumstances most of us cannot or don’t want to imagine. It’s not just about schools getting better. Adaptive change is obviously needed regarding career paths yet…. It’s the inner journey and the context of a student’s life that makes the...

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Jobs, Workforce, Regions–What’s Up

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 in News Notes |

In 2011, Brookings and the Rockefeller Foundation launched the Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation (PSMI), a five-year initiative to expand economic growth and opportunity in metropolitan regions. What they have learned will be very familiar: Leaders need to be able to work across programmatic and jurisdictional boundaries to implement the new...

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