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Sarah Gonser

Sarah Gonser is a contributing writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and numerous other media outlets. Her first job in journalism was as the obituary writer for a California daily newspaper. She attended public elementary and middle school in French-speaking rural Switzerland where field trips consisted of hiking, or cross-country skiing, from dawn until dusk.

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“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

Revamped and rigorous, career and technical education is ready to be taken seriously

How one New Hampshire school is preparing students in the face of a looming labor crisis

In an effort to get more girls at Red Bank to participate in the cybersecurity challenge, teacher Mandy Galante, center, recruited girls from nontech classes, including a dozen from a creative writing class. “We want to get the girls who never even thought of doing this,” she said.

Jobs in cybersecurity are exploding: Why are women locked out?

How high schools are trying to attract girls to this lucrative tech field

The sun rises over Branch Street in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Out of poverty, into the middle class

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills

“I had moments last semester when I didn’t want to study anymore. I thought: I’ll just work my job and get paid, and that’s it,” said Zuleima Dominguez, a student at Hunter College.

Undocumented high schoolers work long hours, putting college further out of reach

Working to support themselves and their families through the high school years hits undocumented teens disproportionally hard. Three young people describe their paths to higher education.

In this 2013 photo, Shannan Van Houten, a physician assistant, gives medical care to a patient at Golden Valley Health Center, CareNow, in Modesto, California. Physician assistant is a fast-growing and well-paid profession that is expected to add an estimated 39,700 jobs over the next decade.

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

New Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows big employment gains in health care, social aid

Juan Belman, age 24, 2017 graduate of University of Texas at Austin.

STUDENT VOICES: DACA students worry about ‘really tough times’ ahead

‘We don’t know where our futures are going,’ as Washington debates whether to continue program for undocumented immigrant children

Third-grade campers spend the morning doing academic work; afternoons are reserved for enrichment classes like basketball, poetry, or drama.

A New Orleans summer teaching fellowship is wooing young black teachers — but is it enough?

In an effort to correct the post-Katrina mass hiring, and subsequent high turnover, of inexperienced white teachers, educators in New Orleans are exploring how to attract and retain black teachers

Why is it so hard to stop suspending kindergarteners?

Districts around the country are looking for ways to keep young children with behavior problems in class

Can private Pre-K for All providers survive in New York City?

As New York City continues to expand its nationally lauded free preschool program, private providers contend with high expectations and exacting requirements

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