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    Research Brief

    What Works for Job Training Programs for Disadvantaged Workers

    Oct 17, 2019

    The New Orleans Career Pathways program was designed to increase the local talent pool. Did the program succeed in its mission to help trainees learn industry-valued skills and find related jobs? How can workforce development stakeholders benefit from the lessons learned in New Orleans?

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    Research Brief

    The U.S. Workforce Development and Employment System Needs an Overhaul

    Sep 19, 2019

    Despite globalization, technology, and demographic changes, the U.S. approach to education, training, and workforce development still operates on a 20th-century model. Americans need a system that provides on-ramps for transitioning individuals to access opportunities while suitably matching workers and jobs.

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    Workforce Development

    Sep 19, 2019

    Technology, globalization, and demographic changes have altered what employers need from workers and what workers can expect from employers. RAND is working with education and training stakeholders to take a systems-levels approach to examining education, workforce development, and employment.

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    Journal Article

    Get Smart About Social and Emotional Learning Measurement

    Aug 22, 2019

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) has become popular among educators, but its definition is quite broad. Regardless of which definitions or frameworks they adopt, educators need ways to monitor and measure their SEL practices. This will help them assess whether these practices are helping students.

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    Essay

    Investing in Principals Helps Students Succeed

    Jul 5, 2019

    Hiring good principals is one of the most important things a district can do for its students, second only to hiring good teachers. Students whose schools participated in a principal pipeline initiative outperformed their peers by six percentage points on reading tests and nearly three points in math.

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    Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Insights from RAND

    Jun 7, 2019

    In light of Congress' efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, RAND has collected commentaries from its experts that address several aspects of the nation’s main federal law governing postsecondary education.

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