Entries by Colleen Dawicki

Talkin’ ’bout my generation

More and more urban policy research is looking at the critical role today’s 20- and 30-somethings (sometimes called Generation Y or Millennials) play in our cities. Just today, Brookings reported on migration trends of the 25-34 set–we’re apparently leaving young adult bastions like New York and LA for “cool” places like Portland, Austin, and DC. […]

Another green job!

Below is our second “green job” post in less than a week. As an aside, I’m curious as to whether there’s anything to be said about the recent abundance (relatively speaking, of course) of common good/public service jobs in the region. These are the kind of jobs that tend to attract younger, college-educated types, which […]

Design + data = accessible urban policy

I’m a big fan of GOOD magazine (or at least their website) for its ability to make policy topics engaging and relevant and its cross-disciplinary approach to tackling challenges in cities, education, the environment, etc. etc. They devote quite a bit of content to design, and my news feed highlighted a recent bit they did […]

Early childhood education and…Occupy Wall Street?

In today’s New York Times, Nick Kristof writes that if protesters really want to address inequality, they should forget Wall Streeters and push for broader access to early childhood education. As a presenter for the opening day of Leadership SouthCoast yesterday, I spent some time discussing the role of pre-k programming in addressing things like […]

Two new job opportunities

Good news for job seekers looking for public service jobs in the SouthCoast: just this week, both the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and The Trustees of Reservations have posted some exciting opportunities to address youth and environmental issues, respectively. The WIB is searching for a new Youth Council Manager, the position held […]

Fall River, New Bedford to partner with BCC to address dropout

Starting next calendar year, Fall River and New Bedford school districts will begin a program in partnership with Bristol Community College to address high school dropout through dual enrollment. The premise for both programs is that recent and likely dropouts will enroll and begin earning both high school and college credits, increasing the likelihood of […]

Job Opportunity in Fall River

ILEAP (Immigration Law, Education & Advocacy Project) at Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, has an immediate opening for a full-time naturalization caseworker. To learn more check out the full posting on idealist.org

Education reform superstars face off

Part of NBC’s second annual Education Nation summit featured a debate between two darlings of the education reform movement. Geoffrey Canada and Diane Ravitch stand in opposite corners where charter schools are concerned. The former adopted them as a central element in his movement to improve cradle-to-college outcomes for Harlem youth, while the latter labeled […]