JAG National and Headrush
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), a school-to-career program that supports young people of great promise, has partnered with Headrush, a company that produces innovative educational software, to support students and teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. JAG is Headrush’s largest and first national partner.
“Headrush is a game-changer for JAG students, who can use the platform to easily access projects, scholarships, job opportunities, employer connections and more. It’s also a valuable resource for JAG Specialists (teachers), providing a warehouse of ready-made content and a playlist of projects for them to utilize. That way, busy Specialists can spend less time developing content and more time engaging with their students,” said Jenn Beal, Director of Education at JAG.
“The JAG National network is proudly using the Headrush platform as a tool to support and overcome learning loss, the homework gap, and credit recovery during the pandemic and its aftermath,” said Ken Smith, President of JAG. “Beginning in March 2020, when schools shut down, JAG pivoted, shifting to virtual support and training, seamlessly providing tools and resources for the most vulnerable students nationwide. As we navigate back from this global crisis, the Headrush platform will be instrumental to keep JAG students engaged, inspired, and learning.”
- Is flexible and able to accommodate the various ways connections are made and instruction is administered.
- Uses agile learning management to promote authentic student-driven projects.
- Increases students’ exposure to employer partners, scholarships, and career opportunities.
- Helps Specialists (teachers) access content and manage data, which is especially important during this year of unprecedented disruption.
- Is a long-term solution to save Specialists time and so they can focus on engaging JAG participants in a virtual space.
“JAG pursued this partnership because Headrush is PBL (project-based learning) driven. Their focus on project management, student-led experiences, and on tracking progress really made Headrush the right choice to partner with JAG. Headrush’s values and ideology align perfectly with JAG’s. We’re excited about this partnership and look forward to many successes together,” Beal explained. “Additionally, JAG is preparing for future opportunities with a completely virtual program application to reach students who are unable to connect with a traditional JAG program.”
”We’re thrilled to work with JAG to support thriving, learner-centered communities across its extensive 40-state network. Headrush will supercharge how JAG Specialists are already enabling student success, whether that be through streamlined project management, more robust content remixing, or easier to find scholarships, internships, and job placements aligned to student interests" said Shane Krukowski, COO & Co-Founder of Headrush. “Our partnership further empowers the talented JAG Specialists to maximize their students’ successes and overcome challenges – making them more future resilient.”