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Can We Use the Opportunity Atlas to Better Understand Adult Learners?

The Opportunity Atlas Off Site, is a comprehensive Census tract-level dataset of children’s outcomes in adulthood using data covering nearly the entire U.S. population. For each tract, we estimate children’s outcomes in adulthood such as earnings distributions and incarceration rates by parental income, race, and gender. These estimates allow us to trace the roots of outcomes such as poverty and incarceration to the neighborhoods in which children grew up.

The Atlas was created using data from the 2000 and 2010 Censuses linked to data from Federal income tax returns and the 2005-2015 American Community Surveys (ACS), with a focus on children born between 1978-1983.  The data includes the characteristics of 20 million children, approximately 94% of all children born during the time period.  

I encourage you to consider how the Atlas can be used to explore the roots of today's adult learners What are your thoughts on using this as a teaching resource with your learners?    


Mike Cruse