Starting this spring, CEEAS will team up with up to four state juvenile justice agencies to implement our Blended Learning Initiative. The goals of the Blended Learning Initiative are to significantly increase student engagement and to measurably improve student achievement in math and language arts through the integration of technology enhanced learning tools. Teams of educators from the selected agencies will attend an intensive ‘Technology Camp’ for 3-5 days over the summer of 2014. CEEAS will provide intensive coaching and technical assistance during the 2014-15 school year.
We support state agencies in providing youth with college-level courses, career readiness, job training, and placement. Older teens who are locked up and have earned a diploma or GED need opportunities to advance their skills and training; we don’t want them learning out-of-date skills or missing the chance to address their academic and behavioral deficits.
This year, we are honored to launch our first annual Lighting the Fire Teacher and School Leader Awards. Just one teacher has the power to alter the trajectory of a student’s life and the work of these teachers is proof of that. Many before them might have given up on these students, but they have seen opportunity in optimism and shared effort. They inspire their students to dream big, challenge them to work hard, and support their journeys – even when the path is daunting. These teachers have more than earned this award and we are confident that their influence will continue as their students and colleagues have been forever changed by their work. Click to see the winners!
A key area of our work involves increasing the capacity of principals and teachers to become change agents inside secure facilities. The young people in these facilities are among our nation’s most vulnerable teens. They are overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately youth of color; more than 50% have special needs, and the majority have either dropped out or been kicked out of school at least once.