Career Readiness

Future of Work Online Summit How Schools Should Prepare All Students for the Future of Work: The Big Equity Challenge
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March 31, 2021
Teacher Aaron Volkoff demonstrates  via Zoom how to monitor a heart rate for the students in his Exercise Science  class at Lakewood High School in Long  Beach, Calif.
Teacher Aaron Volkoff demonstrates via Zoom how to monitor a heart rate for the students in his Exercise Science class at Lakewood High School in Long Beach, Calif.<br/>
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Future of Work Special Report How Virtual Learning Is Falling Short on Preparing Students for Future Careers
The pandemic is helping some students gain virtual working skills, but many are being left behind.
Alyson Klein, March 2, 2021
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Future of Work Special Report Top U.S. Companies: These Are the Skills Students Need in a Post-Pandemic World
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta, Apple, and others make the case for schools to help students develop resilience, adaptability, and empathy.
Mark Lieberman, March 2, 2021
17 min read
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College & Workforce Readiness Special Report Thanks to COVID-19, High Schoolers' Job Prospects Are Bleak. Here's How Schools Can Help
The economic fallout from COVID-19 is speeding up workforce changes and vulnerable students are at greater risk of falling behind.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 2, 2021
8 min read
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Future of Work The Pandemic Is Shaking Up the World of Work: Schools Need to Help Students Prepare
When the global economy emerges from the pandemic, the workplace is going to be a very different place, a new McKinsey study concludes.
Alyson Klein, February 18, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Documentary A Year Interrupted
When COVID-19 closed schools for millions of students, Education Week documented two seniors as they faced an uncertain future.
Elizabeth Rich & Brooke Saias, December 15, 2020
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Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
Andrew Stanley, 16, embeds a tissue sample in paraffin wax in preparation to create a microscope slide, a task that does not require a mask or gloves. Stanley, a biotech freshman at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass., was allowed to work three days a week at his father's histopathology lab when the school campus closed; he takes online classes the other two days a week.
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College & Workforce Readiness Coronavirus, Economic Crisis Cloud Resurgence of Career Tech Ed.
Career technical education has been on a roll lately, but educators fear that will change, as unemployment soars and some students are cut off from hands-on learning opportunities.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 12, 2020
9 min read
Future of Work Online Summit What to Teach Today to Prepare Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace
Educators surveyed by the EdWeek Research Center said updating curricula to get students ready for the jobs of the future is a top priority.
February 26, 2020
College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From A Superintendent’s Commitment to Getting Students ‘Future Ready’
Bryan Johnson, the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn., has created an array of “future-ready” institutes, where students gain real-world exposure– through mentorship, job-shadow opportunities, and rigorous coursework—to in-demand jobs while they are still in high school. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Catherine Gewertz, February 19, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Microsoft, Verizon, and Other Big U.S. Companies Design Their Ideal High School Courses
Education Week asked senior executives from some of the biggest and fastest-growing companies in the United States that question. You might be surprised by what they had to say.
Michelle R. Davis, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Prepping Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workplace
Students are unprepared to imagine the jobs of tomorrow, much less the skills they need to land them, say the editors of a special report.
February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Data: 5 Big Challenges in Preparing K-12 Students for the World of Work
Schools are trying to forge stronger workforce connections in K-12 by revamping curriculum and school culture to help students explore potential careers.
Alyson Klein, February 4, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Aptitude Tests Steer Students to Careers. Does That Narrow Their Options?
More than 17,000 schools use YouScience, a commercial aptitude assessment that seeks to gauge a test taker’s skills in areas such as idea generation and spatial awareness.
Alyson Klein, February 4, 2020
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