Beth Yeager of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara appeared on the program “Intents & Purposes” on KCSB 91.9 FM on March 30. Dr. Beth Yeager, director of the Center for Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities at UC Santa Barbara, and Stephanie Couch, director of the K-20 California Educational Technology Collaborative, were among the researchers and policy makers who created a project called Stepping into Your Future, an online and in-classroom program which aims to bridge that performance gap noted in the controversial he controversial California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), which has been accused of disadvantaging females and minorities. The show can be heard on podcast.
The Stepping into Your Future program provides free assistance to students retaking their exit exams so that they may earn their high school diplomas. This research-based preparatory program curriculum has been developed specifically for young adults with emphasis on high-interest, career, and workforce topics. Technological resources enable students to access high quality instruction and materials from sites conveniently located in their neighborhood, from their adult school site, or via computer and Internet from their own homes and at times convenient to them. The Stepping into Your Future program is particularly designed to enhance students’ capacity in English Language Arts and mathematics – beyond test preparation.
The program currently works with community college, adult school, and K-12 District partners across the state and has served more than 2,600 students and teachers in 40 of California’s 58 counties. Faculty and researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School have provided overall content development oversight for the statewide collaborative project, funded through Butte and Lake Tahoe Community Colleges by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The statewide partnership developing Stepping into Your Future also includes content and technology partners from other community colleges, California State Universities, UC, and K-12 Districts.
“Intents & Purposes,” which airs Tuesdays 8-9 am, is hosted by two Gevirtz School graduate students, Levi C. Maaia and Timothy A. Grigsby.
[Beth Yeager is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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