Earlier this fall, many of you were able to see a presentation by Dr. Bill Daggett. Last week I also was fortunate to see him present a similar message about reimagining our schools to help our students to be better prepared for college and careers. Dr. Daggett is the founder of International Center for Educational Leadership and he discussed the Top 10 skills that employers in 2017 are looking for in college graduates:
1. Complex Problem Solving
2. Critical Thinking
4. People Management
5. Coordinating with Others
6. Emotional Intelligence
7. Active Listening
8. Service Orientation
10. Cognitive Flexibility
As we look at these skills and think about our recently released MCAS results, there is an easily identifiable disconnect between what skills our students need, and our current system of assessment.
Some say that what we measure is what gets done....so while we are still going to continue to teach our state standards, the question remains is how can we be sure to integrate the above skills more purposefully in our school environment?
Over the next week think about some of the activities you do with students and lessons that you teach and see how many of these skills are reinforced throughout the school day.