Rethinking Readiness

Rethinking Readiness Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life

Edited by Rafael Heller, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg
Paper, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-052-8
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Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-054-2

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Rethinking Readiness offers a new set of competencies to replace the narrow learning goals of No Child Left Behind and, in chapters written by some of the nation’s most well-respected education scholars, explores their implications for schools. 


A provocative and insightful road map—rooted in research and wisdom of practice—about bringing deeper learning to scale across all levels of system change. Rethinking Readiness is a must-read for everyone committed to equity and excellence, reinforced by the inclusion of multiple examples of effective practice, including the identification of risks, opportunities, and examples of misapplications embedded in practice. — Ray Pecheone, professor of practice, Stanford University

Rethinking Readiness addresses what needs to be said today about high school ‘reform’ in general and reforms that reflect new ways of looking at education for vocation. The contributors cover everything, from closely observed actual classroom exchanges and lesson plans, hard data from the field at large, to important thinking about the past and future. A major contribution to our work today. — Deborah Meier, senior scholar, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient

The editors have assembled leading experts in the nation to provide a very thought-provoking work on the purposes of secondary education, access and opportunity, and suggestions for implementation of deeper learning for college and career readiness in schools. Parents, educators, and policy makers should find this compilation an excellent resource. — Terry Holliday, chair, National Professional Teaching Standards Board, and former commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

One of the greatest strengths of the book is its emphasis on workforce readiness—over career readiness—that allows for better clarity, understanding, and focus for educators, students, and parents. — Brian C. Preble, Education Review

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About the Editors

Rafael Heller, PhD, is the managing editor of Kappan magazine. He was previously the principal policy analyst at Jobs for the Future, where he led efforts to synthesize new ideas and research in secondary education and explore their implications for policy and practice. Prior to joining JFF in 2014, Dr. Heller was an independent consultant for many years, serving as a writer, editor, and strategic counsel to numerous education advocacy groups, foundations, associations, and other organizations. He has worked as a senior policy associate at the Alliance for Excellent Education, directing a range of projects focused on improving literacy instruction in the nation’s middle and high schools, and he has been an editor at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Earlier in his career, he spent several years teaching writing, rhetoric, and English, including a stint as professor and English department chair at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

Adria Steinberg, EdM, brings decades of experience leading and writing about program and policy development efforts to improve the educational options and prospects of young people who have traditionally been underserved by our educational and workforce systems. As senior adviser to the Students at the Center initiative at Jobs for the Future, she helps to guide policy, strategy, and framework development and to translate research into action-oriented tools. She also has coauthored and served as developmental editor of numerous papers produced or commissioned by JFF on student-centered approaches to learning and on the educational reforms necessary to achieve deeper learning. As senior adviser to JFF’s Back on Track initiative, she helps to guide strategy development in creating and scaling up high-quality pathways to family-supporting careers and postsecondary credentials for off-track and disconnected youth.

Rebecca E. Wolfe, PhD, is a senior director at Jobs for the Future, where she oversees the Students at the Center initiative. Students at the Center is at the forefront of national efforts to leverage knowledge and research on student-centered approaches that lead to deeper learning in order to effect meaningful change at scale—especially for our most vulnerable youth. Dr. Wolfe has authored or coauthored numerous publications on topics related to student-centered and deeper learning. Recent selections include Effective Schools for Deeper Learning: An Exploratory Study and Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers. Prior to joining JFF, Dr. Wolfe was the education director at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, a middle school site coordinator for GEAR UP, and an educator in several college readiness efforts for low-income youth.

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