Research and Data

American Institutes for ResearchDeveloping a College- and Career-Ready Workforce:

An Analysis of ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA

 


Preparing America’s labor force: Workforce development programs in public community colleges

In this policy paper by the Brookings Institute,  the authors make use of interview data from multiple STEM-focused workforce training programs at public community colleges around the country to identify five common characteristics of successful programs. 

 

 


Understanding “Exemplar” Inclusive STEM High Schools: Preliminary Findings for a Theory of Action

The Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration in STEM research group developed the document to offer some high-level findings to measure your (high) school's work toward preparing students for STEM career pathways.

 

 


Critical Component Ratings

The G.W. Research Team has identified 14 critical components that characterize the ISHSs in our in-depth qualitative case studies of 8 exemplar ISHSs. Using these data, our research team developed a STEM Inventory that a school can use to improve its STEM education program. The STEM Inventory will provide an overview of the STEM opportunities offered to students and suggest areas for growth and improvement


Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

Mentoring continues to grow in diverse directions and is embedded into myriad program contexts and services. The fourth edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ is intended to give this generation of practitioners a set of programmatic standards that will empower every agency and organization, and raise the bar on what quality mentoring services look like


The Mentoring Effect

Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring

 

 

 

 


Pathways To Prosperity

​In the following reports, Harvard's Graduate School of Education identifies what are some of the issues educators (K-12 and Higher Education) can work on to make schools work for more students. In the "Pathways to Prosperity" Report, the point was made for revitalizing and expanding the role of career readiness education in our schools. The case was built upon data showing lagging U.S. educational attainment, ominous labor market projections, and impressive performance by the strongest European education systems. In a follow-up report, "Creating Pathways to Prosperity: A Blueprint for Action," Harvard professors, as well other educational leaders, present ideas on how to make career readiness for all students a reality.

Connected To Careers: Expanding Employer Leadership In Career Development

​In this report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a new report exploring new forms of business supports that can strengthen the employer voice in career development and equip schools with the tools they need to prepare youth for the world of work. The report offers an employer-led approach for helping students make the school-to-work transition.


Materials For Enabling Hands-On Robotics And STEM Education By Maja J Mataric, Nathan Koenig, And David Feil-Seifer

In this article, the authors lay out an approach to enabling hands-on experiential robotics for all ages through the introduction of a robot programming workbook and robot test-bed

Active Learning Increases Student Performance In Science, Engineering, And Mathematics

In this Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article the authors document, "that active learning leads to increases in examination performance that would raise average grades by a half a letter, and that failure rates under traditional lecturing increase by 55% over the rates observed under active learning."

Integrative STEM Education As "Best Practice"
By Mark Sanders- Virginia Tech

In this research paper, the author discusses the merit of an integrative STEM education approach.

 

 


Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning And The Power Of The Workplace  
By Nancy Hoffman

While the phrase “college and career readiness” pervades current policy debates about high school improvement, “career readiness” often seems like an afterthought, tacked on as if to suggest that an academic, collegeprep course of study—the real priority of most recent school reforms—will automatically produce better job prospects. 

 


Impact Of Cognitive, Psychosocial, And Career Factors On Educational And Workplace Success 
By ACT, INC. 

How we educate and train our youth to be successful postsecondary students and workers is one of the most critical questions of our time. We cannot compete globally without a high percentage of our citizens succeeding in college and in the workplace. What are the key factors of college and work readiness? 


Effective Career Awareness And Development Programs For K-8 Students

In this report, Hanover Research examines the importance of career development programs for elementary and middle school students, as well as effective practices in the delivery of career-focused educational programs. The report draws on a review of the literature, as well as case examples from across the nation and Texas, specifically

 

Upcoming Events

April 25
MiCareerQuest
8:00 AM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
MiCareerQuest
Apr 25
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Come explore nearly 100 different careers through hands-on activities. This event is held in 3 two hour blocks. Registration is required for attendance.
April 28
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Apr 28
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
May 1
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
May 1
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
May 2
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
7:00 AM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
May 2
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Denise Washington to RSVP: denisewashington@kentisd.org
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
May 2
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.

September 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Constellations

Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.

October 4, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Hydraulics

Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!

November 1, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.

December 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Paper Circuits

Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.

January 3, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Sewn Circuits

If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.

February 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Tensile Bubbles

Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.

March 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Magnetic Slime

In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!

April 4, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Lightbulb Terrarium

Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.

May 2, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bristle Bots

BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.