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REIMAGINING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Lessons from Switzerland
This past month, a team from Indiana traveled to the Swiss Institute of Technology, Center on Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) for its annual Summer Institute to learn from Dr. Ursula Renold and her colleagues at ETH Zurich about the Swiss dual education and career training system.

With funding from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, representatives from the following organizations participated in the CEMETS Institute: Ascend Indiana, EmployIndy, the Fairbanks Foundation, Horizon Education Alliance, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech Community College, TechPoint, and Vincennes University (pictured above). These organizations are working in partnership with a broader set of Indiana stakeholders to reimagine how we prepare young people for the careers of today and tomorrow.
NEW ON OUR BLOG
Is it Possible For Schools to Improve Leader Quality?

By Alex Cohen, Director of Learning and Evaluation

High-performing school leaders have a substantial impact on student achievement. Studies that aim to isolate the impact of leaders on student test scores find that moving from a low- to a high-quality principal can mean several additional months of learning. And the impacts are larger for low-income students.

But can schools do anything to boost the quality of their school leaders? Or are the traits that lead to better leaders too difficult to predict or develop and the best leaders too hard to retain?

To help answer these questions, Alex Cohen, Fairbanks Foundation Director of Learning and Evaluation, looks into a recent RAND Corporation evaluation of the Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative. 

YOUTH E-CIGARETTE USE IS ACCELERATING LIKE A RUNAWAY TRAIN
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

E-cigarettes were introduced to the United States in 2006 with a primary goal of helping adult smokers quit. Today, one in five American high schoolers uses e-cigarettes, and there’s been a subsequent rise in the use of all tobacco products among youth under the age of 18. This increase in tobacco-product consumption comes after a decades-long decline in youth smoking.

It’s undeniable that youth e-cigarette use, or vaping, is rising at an alarming rate. Teenagers who wouldn’t consider lighting up a traditional cigarette don’t appear to think twice when it comes to vaping a candy- or fruit-flavored pod containing nicotine.

What steps can we take to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic?

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is currently hiring for the following full-time positions (job descriptions can be found by following the links):  Qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Brook Tichenor at Brooke@CharitableAdvisors.com or Bryan Orander at Bryan@CharitableAdvisors.com with questions.
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