Schools & the Future Workforce

As the future of work changes, how are schools adapting? The latest news about the way schools are preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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.
—Courtesy of James Stanley

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. (May 12, 2020)


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Amid the many disruptions of the COVID-19 era, it’s more important than ever for educators to be consistent about the admissions requirements—and the costs—of college.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
A sense of isolation characterized the college decision-making process this year for a Houston high school valedictorian.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
Sectors of our economy such as the military, health care, and higher education are much further along than the K-12 system in using artificial intelligence.
May 20, 2020 – Education Week
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.
May 12, 2020 – Education Week
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 5, 2020 – Education Week
Schools are trying to forge stronger workforce connections in K-12 by revamping curriculum and school culture to help students explore potential careers.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
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.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
The growing popularity of voice-activated technologies is forcing educators to think about the role such tools play in preparing students for the jobs of the future.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
Employers and teachers agree that creativity is a valued skill for the workplace, but they disagree on what it means to be creative.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
A handful of districts in upstate New York are moving career technical education classes to cutting-edge businesses so students can have more "authentic" learning experiences.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week

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