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Caroline Preston

Caroline Preston is a senior editor. She previously worked as a features editor with Al Jazeera America's digital team and a senior reporter with The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Her freelance writing has appeared in The American Prospect's online edition, Fusion, Jezebel, The New York Times, The New Yorker Online, and other publications. She holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. As an elementary and middle-school student, her favorite subject was art, and maybe one day she'll again pick up a paintbrush.

Recent Stories

Oliver Francis, of Philadelphia, was placed in foster care because he was truant. He graduated from George Junior Republic, a residential school in Grove City, Pennsylvania, this spring.

Institutions for foster kids aren’t doing enough to educate them

Missing credits and easy, worksheet-based education add to the learning challenges of children in foster care

Matthew Porter, a student at Craig High School, inspects a “collaborative” robot at Prent Corporation, in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Convincing students that learning blue-collar job skills will pay off

In Wisconsin, a school district faces a dilemma: Businesses are desperate for their students, but don’t always pay as well as they used to

Sarat Atobajeun started as an apprentice with Zurich Insurance last August. She said she appreciates the stability of the job and the diversity of the tasks she’s learning.

Where are all the women apprentices?

Female and African-American workers earn far less than other participants in these increasingly popular workforce training programs

Merger madness? When schools close — forever

Vermont’s push to consolidate school districts continues to provoke anger and debate

Automation will boost demand for science-and-tech skills as well as soft skills such as critical thinking, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Study: The U.S. isn’t doing enough to prepare students for the automation age

The country ranks ninth when it comes to upgrading curricula and teacher training for the labor market of the future

Sarat Atobajeun started as an apprentice with Zurich Insurance last August. She said she appreciates the stability of the job and the diversity of the tasks she’s learning.

Are apprenticeships the new on-ramp to good jobs?

The earn-and-learn model could spread, but the Trump administration has done too little to facilitate its growth

Laquon Jackson receives help from his Introduction to the Health Care Professions instructor, Elizabeth Dalianis.

An Rx for poverty? A career in nursing

Most of the growing health-care occupations are low-wage, but nursing offers a robot-proof path to the middle class

Jerry Hughes, a retired federal mediator, coaches Niles West students who’ve been cast as union representatives.

Can educating kids about unions prepare them for the future of work?

Labor history is often missing from textbooks, but some schools are finding creative ways to teach economic justice

Students at STEM School Academy in Douglas County start the computer program to run their historical figure head with artificial intelligence.

Teachers want to prepare students for the jobs of the future — but feel stymied

Many educators say meager budgets prevent them from developing new ways of teaching in-demand soft skills

In this file photo, a high school student at a Mississippi school works on a math assignment.

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds

Efforts to get more women and minorities into high-wage STEM jobs have yet to yield big results