Wednesday AM News: Vocational Ed, Residencies and Teacher Pipelines

Trade school--It's more than you think Tribune
In the past, vocational education was seen as a second-class education, the path for those who planned to skip college and head directly into the workforce. But a national focus on academic accountability and a high-tech economy that demands more highly skilled workers has forced a change: Vocational education is also for college-bound students.

Chicago Public Schools convert phone lines to VoIP technology Tribune
Chicago Public Schools will switch to Internet-based phones at a cost of about $28 million in what is expected to be the largest such conversion of any U.S. school system.

Residencies Set Up to Train Urban Teachers at School Sites Education Week
Three groups that use a yearlong practicum to prepare college graduates for some of the nations toughest classrooms recently invited educators and others to take a closer look at their model.

Teacher Pipeline Part of Operation to Lift a School Education Week
... The exchange that afternoon is a small part of the relationship between Sherman and a teacher- preparation pipeline known as the Academy for Urban School Leadership. And it provides a glimpse of how the academy might give a school named after the Union Army general a fighting chance.

Roosevelt University Offers Scholarships to CPS Students WBEZ
Chicago's Roosevelt University is offering full scholarships to some students at the Social Justice High School in the Little Village neighborhood.

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