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Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
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  • This morning I want to get us thinking about the role of foreign language ed in job readiness, improving dialogue between education and industry, how we want others to see for. Language and our role in promoting it.. Then I will close with the mention of K-12 LSP models and LSP resources.
  • So….How ready are our students after graduation? And how can better prepare them for jobs of the future?
  • Looking at headlines in recent industry and govt. reports, employers seem to have some concerns about meeting demands of the 21st century workplace.
  • To remain competitive, Industry HAS to respond faster to a more globally connected economy, while many educational institutions are resisting the need for change, or are responding very slowly.
  • An article in the Chronicle a few weeks ago addresses this problem of employers and educators not being on the same page in terms of needed skill sets for graduates. Critical thinking & problem-solving over majors Communication & intercultural skills Ethical judgment & openness to learningOutcomes and practical application over
  • as foreign language educators How can we bridge the gap to meet the demands of the changing workplace? Change student perception of the value of for. Lang. in their personal and professional lives by providing them with real world connections through the local community or virtually across borders.While institutions are slow to respond to needed change, we as individual teachers can become more conscious of our role presenting and marketing the importance of language and culture skills across disciplines and in future jobs.
  • Help students see the value of for lang/culture by bringing in professionals locally or virtually, or having them work on projects with the local biz community or work virtually with student teams in another country.
  • One thought to reach many students at once would be adding a new option for K-12 state where students could present a case or consulting project with industry professionals brought in as the judges.
  • As educators we need to ask ourselves what is relevant in the textbooks and what can we supplement to match student interests? What learning activities will give students opportunities to use their language and culture skills in an area that will be useful to them down the road? What type of creative assessments can we use that allow students to see how for. Lang and culture will be used in real world contexts?
  • Again to reach many faculty at once, bring in professionals across sectors to talk about how they use for lang/culture and what are the upcoming needs in the work world? Stay informed about labor stats, reports showing need for global skills, and in which industries jobs are growing. Materials and links compiled on this site
  • Consider promoting and putting for. Lang/culture skills in a different light at your school. Wednesday we will present a few k-12 LSP models through virtual guests coming in to talk about their experience, where to find LSP resources, how you can connect with teachers working on K-12 LSP courses and materials
  • Some teachers across the U.S. implementing courses across sectors.
  • If you can’t make it to the session, you can find links and resources at NOBLE and connect to LSP professional groups through social media.Would love to post ppts or slideshare links on the site
  • Thank you, now we will see a short video clip summarizing some of the points I was hoping to get across.
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    • 1. Mary E. Risner, Ed.D. AATSP 2013, San Antonio, Texas Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
    • 2. Overview Job preparedness Connecting education < > work world Shifting our “mindset” K-12 models Resources
    • 3. Are our students ready for work in the“real” world? What must we do to better to prepare them?
    • 4. Concerns in the Literature… Current and Future Language Demands in the Workplace: Proficiencies and Gaps Workforce Skills Reality Check Global Competitiveness Report Future Work Skills 2020: Cross-Cultural Competency Global Citizenship – What Are We Talking About and Why Does It Matter What Business Wants Essential Skills for the 21st Century Workplace
    • 5. The Disconnect… Educational Institutions Workplace Still based on traditional top-down model, passive learning, rote memorization, etc. Reacting more quickly in changing global context
    • 6. Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want What Educators Think Employers Want… What Employers value… Students with professional majors Critical thinking, problem- solving, communication skills are more important than major Access to knowledge from top scholars/lectures “ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; capacity for continued new learning…” Proof of high grades and test scores "employers consistently rank outcomes and practices that involve application of skills over acquisition of discrete bodies of knowledge…" The Chronicle of Higher Education Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want June 17, 2013 Robert J. Sternberg They/139877/?cid=ja&utm_source=ja&utm_medium=en
    • 7. Bridging the Gap… Shift student mindset Shift instructor mindset Students prepared for the workplace Community Connections *Maybe Common Core Standards will help make a difference?
    • 8. Reshaping Student Perceptions about Foreign Language… Language as more than meeting a requirement Professionals in the classroom (virtually and F2F) Student connections to community projects Help students stand out in the job search
    • 9. One Idea State Foreign Language Competitions: Add an option where students present a professional project based on a service learning or consulting experience (projects can be used in student portfolio)
    • 10. Shifting Instructor Mindset: Things To Think About… Do we need to use everything in the book, is it all relevant now? What kind of learning activities do we need to engage students in language use for real-world contexts? How can we creatively assess students for skills they will apply in real-world situations?
    • 11. A Couple of Ideas… State Conferences/Faculty Meetings: bring in community professionals to talk about workforce needs Be informed about workforce statistics, reports showing need for global skills, growth industries ( )
    • 12. Wednesday’s Session: Sneak Preview K-12 Program Models Virtual Guests Where to Find Resources How to Work With Us?
    • 13. Spanish for Leadership- Colorado, Cristin Bleess Spanish in the Community and the Workplace- Wisconsin, Katrina Beeck Spanish for Leadership- Florida, Danika Cornelius Business and Environment-Connecticut, Juanjo Vazquez-Caballero Spanish for Healthcare- Pennsylvania, Melissa Swarr How You Can Add a “C” for Careers
    • 14. Resources/Professional Community
    • 15. Thank you!
    • 16. Advocacy Clip on YouTube More videos at You Tube Channel- Mary Risner