Patti Schank

Three Ways to Build College Knowledge in High School

Authors : Patti Schank

The college application and transition process can be overwhelming for young adults, particularly for first-generation college-goers. Students who are accepted to college can easily wander off the pathway from high school to eventual postsecondary degree attainment.

Parent Perspectives on Barriers to Postsecondary Education

Authors : Patti Schank

Parents undoubtedly want the best for their children, including good health, economic security, and happiness. Postsecondary education can support these aspirations, because those who attain postsecondary credentials have well documented advantages in rates of employment, earnings, positive health outcomes, and civic engagement.

Virtual internship study aims to develop guidance for employers

Authors : Patti Schank

Some STEM employers saved summer internship programs with a quick pivot to virtual. But how did that go? An NSF-funded study is finding out, with the goal of helping STEM virtual internships work better for more employers and students next summer and beyond.

Data in Action: Using Labor-Market Alignment Data to Improve Career and Technical Education

Authors : Patti Schank

In a recent Institute of Education Sciences report, Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to conduct a first-of-its-kind study to determine the alignment between the state’s high school career and technical education offerings and high-demand occupations that do not require additional postsecondary education.

Supporting Postsecondary Transitions During COVID-19: Practical Resources and Considerations

Authors : Patti Schank

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the college application, financial aid, and decision-making processes for students and families seeking a higher education. K–12 and higher education practitioners now have an opportunity to innovate how to support students through what is currently uncharted territory.

Measuring Career Readiness: What, Why, and How

Authors : Patti Schank

The question of how schools can best prepare students to enter the workforce is raised constantly in settings from classrooms to boardrooms; the answer, however, remains elusive. Employers increasingly critique the preparation of incoming graduates, with only 11 percent agreeing that students have the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the workplace.

Supporting Positive Culture in CTE Programs

Authors : Patti Schank

The 21st century economy demands an educated workforce with advanced skills and knowledge. Providing students with opportunities for high-quality, rigorous career and technical education (CTE) is receiving increasing attention across the United States.

Leveraging the Rural Context to Build Family Engagement

Authors : Patti Schank

At Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia, we travel through rural eastern Kentucky and work with school leaders. They regularly share that students in Appalachia face significant barriers to postsecondary success such as lack of exposure to models of college and career success, lack of confidence to pursue postsecondary opportunities, and low college graduation rates and problems obtaining gainful employment.

OER Degrees Can Cut College Costs for Students and Improve Course Material Alignment

Authors : Patti Schank

A new SRI report, Participant Experiences and Financial Impacts: Findings from Year 2 of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative, provides evidence that degree pathways based on Open Educational Resources (OER) can increase college affordability and provide more engaging, relevant, and well-aligned instructional materials than courses using traditional textbooks.

Insights from Linked Learning into Equitable Career Pathway Implementation

Authors : Patti Schank

In SRI International’s new brief, Access and Equity in Linked Learning, we share what we’ve learned about the promise and challenges of achieving equitable, career-themed pathways from our 7-year study of Linked Learning.

Turning Autism Research into Support for Learning

Authors : Patti Schank

My research focus, autism, affects people and their ability to function in different ways across the spectrum. For those who have mild-to-moderate autism and are considered “high functioning,” many do incredibly well intellectually, but still often fare poorly at life. We see these people not going to college and not living independently at the rates you would expect they could.