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“Other Ways to Win”: Connecting Education to the REAL WORLD. Burke Co. Schools - WPCC College Tech Prep Consortium Institute for Educators June 27-29, 2011 Kathy Carroll, Facilitator SOLUTIONS 21 CONSULTANTS. The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis by Edward E. Gordon. &

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other ways to win connecting education to the real world

“Other Ways to Win”:Connecting Education to theREAL WORLD

Burke Co. Schools - WPCC

College Tech Prep Consortium

Institute for Educators

June 27-29, 2011

Kathy Carroll, Facilitator


the 2010 meltdown solving the impending jobs crisis by edward e gordon

The 2010 Meltdown:Solving the Impending Jobs Crisisby Edward E. Gordon


the Role of Education –

Do we need to melt, too?

jobs crisis
Jobs Crisis?
  • I’m an educator.
  • Should I really care about a jobs crisis?
what is the impending crisis
What is the impending crisis?
  • As we approach 2020, 2 dynamics at work:
    • Wholesale unemployment
    • Businesses’ inability to find

the qualified workers they need

to compete effectively in the

global economy

why will it happen
Why will it happen?
  • Because Americans are not being educated and trained in sufficient numbers to perform the work that technological change is generating . . . particularly in the areas of math and science.
3 divisions of the workforce
3 Divisions of the Workforce:
  • 25% - “smart people” who are educated and possess special career skills
  • 25% - “walking dead,” victims of mergers or technological change that need to acquire new skills in order to change jobs and/or careers
  • 50% - “techno-peasants,” poorly educated adults with few, if any, special career skills
predicted labor shortages
Predicted Labor Shortages
  • Examples
    • Nursing (1 M)
    • Math/Science/Spec Ed Teachers (1M)
    • Computer Engineers & Support (1M)
    • Clinical Pathologists (50,000)
    • Auto Mechanics (50,000)
the aging workforce
The Aging Workforce
  • Between 2010 and 2020, 70 M Americans will retire; only 40 M will enter workforce.
  • By 2020 the key age group of employees (25 to 44) will shrink by 3%.
  • By 2020, employee group (55 to 64) will grow 73%; (65 over), 54%.

Aging is a global issue; by 2050, China will have more people over 65 than the rest of the world combined.

workers workers everywhere
“Workers, Workers Everywhere -
  • But not a one can think . . .”
    • 60% of all jobs being created require skills that only 20% of US workers now possess.
  • Outsourcing will also “melt” as the demand exceeds the supply in countries like India and China.
importance of soft skills e q
Importance of Soft Skills & E.Q.
  • Valuable “soft skills”: i.e., habits of mind, habits of character, team dynamics, problem-solving
  • Emotional Quotient determines leadership ability and value to a company:
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-management
    • Social Skills
    • Social Awareness

(Communication Skills are important

component of ALL 4.)

is e learning the answer
Is E-Learning the Answer?
  • “Innovation in the workplace is not just about technology. If we lose sight of this, we will lose the ongoing skill wars in our workplace. Remember what Pablo Picasso said, ‘Computers are stupid; they only give you answers.’” (p. 155)
blended learning
Blended Learning
  • Combines the best features of e-learning with other classroom methods . . .
  • The learning facilitator-teacher is still critical to learning / training . . .
  • Technology is a TOOL.
what must education do
What must Education do?
  • Train teachers in PBL, applied, and blended learning methodologies with technology as a tool.
  • Emphasize soft skills in learning settings.
  • Stress math and science, K-12.
  • Relevance, Rigor, Relationships
  • Connect to business and industry.
  • Make students and parents aware.
  • Transform high schools into problem-based, project-based, blended settings.
school transformation
School Transformation -
  • We must reinvent an outmoded educational system that traditionally has sorted students into two groups:
    • "the best and the brightest," who are going to college,
    • and the others, who won't.
what can you do for the students entrusted to you
What can you do for the students entrusted to you?

Welcome to

“Other Ways To Win!”

know your peers
Know Your Peers
  • Share the following with all of us:
    • Name
    • School Site
    • Subject / Position and Years’ Experience
    • Any Industry Experience prior to Teaching?
    • Why did you choose to attend this workshop? (other than $$$$$$)
other ways to win

We (society, parents, schools, etc.) push 4-year college education as the “ONE” way to economic security - apply an inordinate amount of rewards, status and resources to THAT WAY - and, in so doing, inadvertently neglect the students who are in the academic middle . . . in the face of empirical evidence that proves us wrong. Right?

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What factors influence student career choice? What factors SHOULD influence student career choice?