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Presentation at 6th Massachusetts Green Career Conference

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  1. 1. Bridging Education and Careers Gap Workforce Challenges and Solutions JOYCE MALYN-SMITH, ED.D.
  2. 2. EDC! EDC creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives.!
  3. 3. Workforce and Human Development! u  National Voluntary Industry Skill Standards! u  STW – Project SMART, FACS NY, ! u  Techforce! u  IT Career Cluster! u  IT Across Careers! u  ITEST/STELAR! u  Computational Thinking in America’s Workplace! u  Computer Science Education!
  4. 4. Workforce Challenges ! u  Skills Gap! ! ! u  Impact of Technology! ! u  Employability Skills! !
  5. 5. Shift of Focus/ 3 - Conversations! Scenario I: One part of your laboratory responsibilities is to safely unpack and process biological samples. Demonstrate everything you would do to accomplish this. While unpacking samples one morning, you notice that one of the samples is leaking from the container.! According to regulations, what should you do?! ! A-1!Obtain and read protocol, test procedure, SOP! G-2 Follow universal precautions for biological samples! G-3 Use protective equipment! I-8 !Take and document corrective action according to SOP! N-8 Maintain professional demeanor! !
  6. 6. Workforce Challenges ! u Skills Gap! u Aim at what it takes to succeed! u  Impact of Technology! ! ! u  Employability Skills! !
  7. 7. Impact of Technology: New Skills Required!
  8. 8. Impact of Technology: New Skills Required!
  9. 9. “To Outcompute is to Outcompete”! u  At the frontiers of science and engineering, advanced computation has become a major element of the third leg of discovery tools ! u  Computer modeling and simulation dramatically accelerate the pace of innovation! u  American needs more computational scientists! u  (Thrive Report , Council on Competitiveness, 2008)
  10. 10. Need for Computational Thinking ! •  Problem Solving! •  Algorithms! •  Abstraction! •  Data Representation! •  Modeling & Simulation! •  Connections to other fields! !
  11. 11. Workforce Challenges ! u  Skills Gap! u  Aim at what it takes to succeed! u Impact of Technology! u Growing computational thinkers! u  Employability Skills! !
  12. 12. New Employability Skills!
  13. 13. Core Human Interaction Skills in the New Workplace!
  14. 14. Developing the New Worker!
  15. 15. Redefining the New Workplace!
  16. 16. Workforce Challenges ! u  Skills Gap! u  Aim at what it takes to succeed! u  Impact of Technology! u  Growing computational thinkers! u Employability Skills! u Professionalizing Employability! !
  17. 17. . STEMforLiving STEMforLearning Grade K-4 STEM foundations Career Awareness and STEM Skills for Learning Grade 5 -8 STEM Foundations: Career Exploration and STEM Skills for Work Grade 9-10 STEM for All Work: Core STEM Employability Grade 11-12 STEM Employability: Initial Technical Job Skills: IT for All Work STEM Industry: Specific Skills and Competencies All industries: Use of STEM Applications and Tools Post-secondary Education and Training Career Pathways This model, created by EDC based on feedback from DOE and from consortium members, shows a developmental progression of skills and career exploration, with ongoing interaction with STEM for living, learning and working.
  18. 18. Helix Model Components: Ø STEM Content Development Activities (Black) Ø STEM Career Development Activities (Red) Ø Teacher Professional Development (Blue) Ø Partnerships (Orange) Ø Cultural Context (Green)
  19. 19. Outcome Framework Components Ø STEM Content Outcomes Ø STEM Career Development Outcomes Ø Positive “Dispositions” towards STEM content and careers Ø Increased “Knowledge” - STEM Knowledge and STEM Career Knowledge Ø Increased “Skills” - STEM Skills and STEM Career Skills Ø “Actions” that increase likelihood that students will pursue STEM careers and STEM-enabled Careers
  20. 20. What can employers do? u  Create a public presence in schools (guest speakers, work-based learning, internships, part time jobs, competitions …) u  Introduce concepts and technical terms early u  Demonstrate tools/processes u  Present students with real life/work problems and invite solutions u  Not just about careers - it’s about content
  21. 21. What can educators do? u  Introduce green energy concepts early u  Connect green energy to curriculum topics u  Develop conceptual understanding along with development of new employability skills u  Use authentic technical terms u  Seek high quality instructional resources u  Invite green energy businesses to partner in learning
  22. 22. What can educators do? u  NSF ITEST projects u  Seeding the Future – Creating a Green Collar Workforce (Indoor Urban Farming Technologies) u  Engaging Youth in Expanded STEM Career Pathways through Clean Energy Literacy Development u  FordPAS Modules u  We All Run on Energy u  Energy from the Sun u  Is Hydrogen the Solution? u  The Nuclear Revolution u  Energy for the Future (Sign in and get a password at
  23. 23. For more information: Joyce Malyn-Smith, Ed.D. 617-618-2386 Pathways to College and Careers Learning and Teaching Division Education Development Center 43 Foundry Avenue Waltham, MA