How work-study programs can teach students career skills

educationdive | March 12, 2019

The familiar but inconspicuous work-study programs on campuses could be fine-tuned to improve retention, helping students who need income while providing them with sought-after career-readiness skills and training opportunities, according to a new report.The review of such programs by NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recommends the programs become a higher priority for campus leaders and have clear standards. It also suggest they be better promoted, supervised and evaluated with strong data.The report highlights how work-study programs can address a "working student dilemma" of growing concern by tying opportunities to earn income with the chance to develop marketable skills. The report touches on ways the work-study program can help tackle two nagging issues in higher education: career readiness and retention. Students who see value in these jobs and make connections through them to the campus, peers and professionals may have a better experience in college and be more likely to stay enrolled, it notes. It also suggests career-readiness be a goal, something work-study programs can help with by emulating the real-life hiring process — such as requiring a resume and an interview, offering an orientation to the position and conducting an exit interview. Those steps can also help the institution gather data on the student work experience.

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Every student both struggles and excels in his or her own way. By designing multi-tiered instructional frameworks with competency and equity in mind, K–12 educators can provide students with differentiated instruction—including remediation, acceleration, and other academic supports—at exactly the right time, and in the right measures, to meet individual learning goals. The goal of this paper is to provide a helpful guide for educational leaders who are developing curricula programs that provide MTSS in the K–12 classroom to serve increasingly diverse and special populations of students, close performance gaps, and propel achievement for all.

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Every student both struggles and excels in his or her own way. By designing multi-tiered instructional frameworks with competency and equity in mind, K–12 educators can provide students with differentiated instruction—including remediation, acceleration, and other academic supports—at exactly the right time, and in the right measures, to meet individual learning goals. The goal of this paper is to provide a helpful guide for educational leaders who are developing curricula programs that provide MTSS in the K–12 classroom to serve increasingly diverse and special populations of students, close performance gaps, and propel achievement for all.

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