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Best Bet Profile

The Best Bet Profile is the result of the Counseling to Careers training - a developed "brochure" for counselors to use with students. Read more...



How do we develop effective school and program leaders and educators who are successful in helping off-track students in helping off-track students graduate ready for postsecondary success?

  • How do we engage a cadre of schools or programs in implementing a research-based instructional program designed to help all youth graduate with college-ready skills?
  • How do school and program leaders drive and support a coherent instructional program that enables youth with low skills to develop college-ready skills?  
  • How can schools and programs implement an instructional framework across all classrooms that helps students build skills they need for postsecondary success?   
  • What professional development will help teachers support one another in using key instructional strategies that pay off?
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JFF Tools and Resources
Texas's Rio Grande Valley is home to a groundbreaking model for dropout recovery (based on the Back on Track Through College model) that helps youth transition into college. The College, Career, and Technology Academy has graduated almost 1,000 former dropouts and off-track youth in five years — a significant percentage of whom attained postsecondary credits before graduating — putting college success within reach for students who once left school without a diploma or were at high risk of not graduating. This approach is being replicated across the Southwest, as other school districts recognize the promise and potential of recovering this population and helping them achieve their postsecondary and career goals.
Preparing students – especially those with lower skills – to graduate or pass the GED and acquire the broad range of skills and competencies needed for postsecondary success requires consistent, school-wide use of effective teaching practices. This tool provides an overview of JFF’s Common Instructional Framework. Please contact us for sample lesson plans.
Preparing students – especially those with lower skills – to graduate or pass the GED and acquire the broad range of skills and competencies needed for postsecondary success requires consistent, school-wide use of effective teaching practices This tool describes JFF’s Common Instructional Framework and provides sample lesson plans that incorporate the instructional strategies.
From Remediation to Acceleration shows how two of Philadelphia’s Accelerated Schools, which serve returning dropouts and other students behind in credits, teach college-ready skills using JFF’s Common Instructional Framework, which makes challenging material engaging and accessible.
This paper highlights the Postsecondary Success Initiative, launched in 2008 as a collaboration of Jobs for the Future (JFF), YouthBuild USA, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and as of 2011, the Corps Network with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.
This powerpoint presentation reviews GED math curriculum and how it can be retooled for improved student success.
Despite growing interest in student-centered approaches to learning, educators have few places to turn for a comprehensive account of key components of this emerging field. Students at the Center aims to build the knowledge base for these innovative approaches that beat the odds for underserved students, and improve learning and achievement. This project includes 9 papers and additional resources on student-centered learning.
This brief by Youth Development Institute, for JFF, seeks to build an understanding of the needs and strengths of young people who are underrepresented in higher education and the ways that youth development organizations and colleges can collaborate to improve student success.
This tool assists community based organizations and their partner postsecondary institutions to assess the overall strength of their partnership and explore how they can work together to help students in Back on Track diploma- and GED-granting programs get ready for college and receive ongoing structured help with the transition and in their first year of enrollment.
Additional Tools and Resources
This paper describes how the College Transition Program (CTP) has strengthened GED graduates' transition into the City University of New York (CUNY).
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