CHICAGO – Parents and educators agree that the key goal of K-12 education is to ensure that students are “ready for the future” – with the knowledge, skills, and desire to navigate their careers and lives. Americans look to the education system to prepare young people to succeed in this environment, but traditional approaches often prove insufficient due to the rapidly changing future of work. Employers and evidence point to the need for social and emotional skills in the career and education of the workforce. So how can politicians, educators, business leaders, and community leaders come together to nurture students ’real-world competencies and help them succeed after graduation on their own terms?
To meet this need, the Civic, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and Coalition for Career Development Center (CCD) have released a new report showing a public policy roadmap for K-12 education that prepares students for success. in a rapidly changing world. This groundbreaking report rethinks what it means for students to be “ready for the future” by integrating core social and emotional learning (SEL) with career and workforce development (CWD).
“Today, there are different paths to future success that value all learning. We need to go beyond the narrow focus of success, as only a four-year college diploma ignores entrepreneurship, career and technical education, and the evolutionary nature of work, ”said CASEL CEO and President Dr. Aalia A. Samuel. “As we expand our vision to embrace all of these pathways, we see that social and emotional skills, such as the ability to collaborate effectively and develop relationships, are the foundation for future readiness.”
Future success is more than a diploma or a job. These are students who have a wide range of skills and attitudes, including:
- Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively, including with managers, colleagues and others
- Know how to develop relationships with teachers and others who can support them in their careers and lives, as well as with family, friends and others
- Develop and maintain a sense of purpose and belonging
- Be mentally and physically healthy
- Being a civic and cultural response
“Employers are repeatedly alarmed that they are not getting the skilled workforce they need in 21street century, and our youth have big dreams and potential that needs to be unleashed, ”said Civic CEO John Bridgeland. “Cultivating this potential through academic, social and emotional training will enable generations to make valuable contributions to our communities, workforce and democracy.”
The bottom line is that young people need social and emotional skills and rigorous learning pathways related to colleges or careers to succeed. Adults across the continent of education and youth service — politicians, educators, business leaders, and community leaders — have a great responsibility to prepare students for the future.
“The bridge of social and emotional learning and career and workforce development is a win-win situation. By fostering the social and emotional development of all students, they gain ample opportunities to learn and practice new skills in a wide range of career areas, ”said Scott H. Solberg, Vice President of the CCD Center for Research. “It can’t be the job of educators alone. To achieve this shift, we need politicians, business leaders, community partners, families, students and faculty working together to achieve this vision. ”
By following this roadmap, states can lay the foundation for all students to graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will give them a bright future. Now is the time to come together and give students the tools they need to help themselves and their community determine their own path to success.
About the Civic
Civic is a bipartisan social enterprise firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities, and governments develop and lead innovative government policies to strengthen our communities and countries. Created to engage the private, public and non-profit sectors to address our country’s most difficult challenges, Civic creates new initiatives and strategies that achieve measurable results in education, civic activism, economic mobility and many other domestic policy issues. www.civicllc.com
Founded in 1994, CASEL is a non-partisan non-profit organization that first introduced the term social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based SEL an integral part of education from pre-school to secondary school. Today, she collaborates with leading experts and supports districts, schools and states across the country to conduct research, guide practice and inform policy. To learn more, visit https://casel.org/.
About the Center for the Coalition for Career Development (CCD).
The CCD Center is a non-partisan, non-profit, industry-driven organization that seeks to make career readiness a top education priority in America. In collaboration with the Boston University Center for Preparedness for the Future, the CCD Center conducts research, offers career readiness forums, an annual summit, and a monthly career development network for state leaders. The five pillars of CCD readiness — personalized career and curriculum, career counseling, job-based learning, technology, and accountability — organize a state of the art readiness report in the United States.