A Framework for State Policymakers: Ensuring All Students are College- and Career-Ready

Video Series: A Framework for State Policymakers: 
Ensuring All Students are College- and Career-Ready

Disc One: Problem Solving Through Project-Based Learning (Danville High School, Danville, KY)  (3:14)

Project-based learning represents a dynamic approach to education in which students are required to apply knowledge to solve real-life problems. This video documents a physics class at Danville (KY) High School, where students must solve a problem through trial-and-error, applying concepts they have learned. Superintendent Carmen Coleman, Teacher Danny Goodwin and his students discuss the benefits of project-based learning over traditional learning activities.

Disc Two: Learning Through Community Internships (The MET, Providence, RI)  (3:38)

The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, or The MET, is demonstrating the most effective learning activities often take place outside the classroom. At The MET, students have individualized learning plans and are placed in internships in the community where they are given the opportunity to explore their career interests while enrolled in high school. Newsweek lauded The MET as “an idea that works,” and President Obama, in a 2010 speech, singled out the Met Center in Rhode Island as an institution that offers the kind of individual instruction to students that will be used in the new program that he unveiled.  This video features the founder of The MET, Dennis Litky, and several students discussing how learning through community internships helps students become better prepared to be college- and career-ready.

Disc Three: Setting College-Going Expectations for All Students (Preuss School, San Diego, CA)  (3:45)

On paper, one would not expect students at The Preuss School in San Diego to enroll in college. In order to attend Preuss they all must come from low-income families and no member of their families can have attended college. Yet year after year more than 90 percent of the graduates at Preuss are accepted at four-year colleges and universities. No wonder Newsweek magazine recognized Preuss as the #1 Transformative High School in America – the third consecutive year the school has received the honor. In this video, Principal Scott Barton and students explain how Preuss’ approach to education creates a college-going mindset and inspires students to succeed. It is a result of setting college-going expectations, not just for some students, but for all.

Disc Four: Learning Through Community Service (Preuss School, San Diego, CA)  (2:46)

All seniors at The Preuss School in San Diego are required to complete a community service project in order to graduate. The school views it as a critical component of education – one that will encourage students to become social aware. Former national Teacher of the Year Janice Gabay and her students describe how community service has become a springboard to learning.