Literacy for the Workplace
Jobs Have Evolved. Will English Class?
September 26, 2018
In survey after survey, employers complain that today’s young job candidates lack practical skills in reading, writing, speaking, and digital literacy. In this special report, Education Week probes the disconnect between what schools teach and what the workplace demands and highlights how some K-12 educators are attempting to bridge those gaps.
- College & Workforce Readiness What Literacy Skills Do Students Really Need for Work?When it comes to literacy skills, there seems to be a gap between what employers want and what schools provide, but it’s a fuzzy one.College & Workforce Readiness Speaking Skills Top Employer Wish Lists. But Schools Don't Teach ThemIs school where students should learn to speak clearly, make a 60-second elevator speech, or hold a difficult conversation? That's what employers think.Reading & Literacy How to Make Reading Relevant: Bring Job-Specific Texts Into ClassIf students will need to synthesize and analyze complex information on the job, why not start them early?College & Workforce Readiness Jobs at All Levels Now Require Digital Literacy. Here's Proof.Education Week visited Delaware's largest employer for a closer look at how digitization is changing the workplace.Reading & Literacy Is Professional Writing the Missing Link in High School English Classes?The limited amount of academic writing that students learn in school may not be what they need for the workplace, argue some experts.Reading & Literacy Do Students Need an Exam to Measure Workplace Skills? Four States Think So.Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, and Wisconsin require all students to take the WorkKeys exam to measure reading and writing skills for work.