Today's National Summit on 21st Century Skills is being held "live" in Washington DC and "LIVE" online at the P21 Cyber Summit.
NOTES from National Summit. (excuse typos and speed typing) :-/
- Introduction with Framework for 21st Century Skills
- Ray Suarez, NewsHour (Moderator) -
Emily DeRocco - US Chamber of Commerce
- technology advances have shifted the manufacturing workspace to an environment where works have to know advanced skills, education and knowledge that workers bring to the 21st century manufacturing work space.
- manufactures have identified the skills required - personal effectiveness skills, academics, industry tech skills; levels of competencies in education for manufacturing workforce
- must include these skills in our education curriculum
Emily DeRoco (National Assoc. of Manufacturers)
- school system needs to prepare workforce with skills needed for small business and larger organizations
- what do employers want that the are not finding? Employers want people who can THINK. Also includes P21 skills.
Steve Pain - WV Dept. of Ed
- How do we grow cognitive demand while building 21st century skills
- How do we grow teachers knowledge to apply 21st century skills
Patrick Gaston - Verizon Foundation
- What kind of people does Verizon need; how is it different from 25 years ago
- Technology has changed; customer needs has changed
- employee of today needs critical skills we need for today
- individuals needed to be able to work independently
- communication, motivation, collaborative skills
- eliminate redundancies in the system
- problem is not just finding the right teachers, but having the right mission
- not just about workforce readiness; redefining what it means to be an educated adult in the 21st century
- skills have converged
- this is not a teacher workforce problem; problem is defining the goals for today's goals
- transform the nature of the teaching job to teaching as a team
- get clear about the goals; get clear about working conditions
- rethink what the teachers work is and how they work collaboratively
- In Finland, teachers spend 10-20% in front of students; the spend their time working as teams
- what does teaching need to look like? if you get clear about goals in education; align a system of teacher preparation, assessment and pd around that, you get dramatic results
- what are drivers in business success? Innovation - not only in product, but corporate structure, technology, customer service, the companies ecosystem
- give workers skills and education to be a mobile and productive member
- individual change jobs 7-10 times; not just jobs / careers
- 200 M dollars on education literacy skills spend - verizon
- people who are applying to be journeyman are not passing entrance exams
- what is required for an entry level job is very different across the board
- myth of high skill / low skill is not the question
- are you equipped to think, option to change jobs, adapt
- we are eliminated options for job opportunities
- how do we prepare our citizens for opportunities that come along
- P21 as a forum to discuss these issues and how we integrate training, pd, how we hire, prepare workforce
- do leadership /execs have the skill sets that reflects our marketplace
- how do we take this P21 'rainbow' and make actionable?
- Greatest gap: critical thinking, communication and collaboration (3 cornerstones)
- 1 actionable item - how do you assess critical thinking; not on state assessment; evidence students have mastered this skill
- we need assessments for critical thinking skills
- as collective body, use political capital to move legislation
- kids want skills (critical thinking) and technologies
- Our national assessment for the last 8 years has been a mockery
- we need accountability in our system, assess critical thinking skills
- embed performance skills that work, bring skills to all learners/teachers, bring to manufacturing sector
- it is more than content; it's about 21st century skills (curriculum, pd, assessments)
- how do manufacturers and educators work together to bring forth effective knowledge workers?
How can we address the diversity and change in population?
- (3-10) students won't go to college
- 1 in 3 Caucasian students graduate from college and are productive citizens
- 1 in 6 hispanic students graduate college and progress
- we have a belief to be college ready means more content means more prepared for college
- kids need the skills to make it in the workforce
- ensure all kids graduate from high school
- kids must be career, citizenship and college ready
Leaving skills not prepared for 21st century learning, it is a lifetime of low wage opportunities
- employers care about content knowledge and critical thinking skills; rigor is important
Tony Wagner "Accountability 2.0"
False argument - skills vs. content
- every other month our department gets together to talk (voice of teacher)
- Global 21. Need to voice the message and carry it out to community.
How do you learn in the 21st century?
- this generation is very differently motivated to learn and to work
- Global achievement and global learning gap
How much change are you seeing from Ed schools? Very little
Is our economy a "winner take all" economy?
National Student Clearinghouse
- we need to track kids in college and in the workplace
Community colleges have stepped up to the plate on workforce and getting students ready for careers
- K12 is hard to crack; how do we get more aligned as manufacturers to K12?