the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
2, Number 10, September 15, 2008
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State and Regional Summits--Professional Learning
and break-outs on the PLC at WorkTM
model; Great Lakes Summit, September 24-27, Dearborn,
MI; Missouri State Summit, October 22-25, St. Louis; Washington
State Summit, November 12-15; www.go.solution-tree.com/Summits
2008 Summit on Economic and Workforce
Development (October 27-28, Oklahoma
City) is presented as the combination of the Oklahoma Governor’s
Summit on Economic and Workforce Development and the Midwest Regional
Workforce Development Partnership Conference,
October 22-24, in Greensboro, NC
WorkKeys Conference, Good To Gold, November
19-20, Warren, MI.
Tampa, FL, November 29-December 2, 2008. Visit www.nwaonline.org
for more details.
on Education and Work Careers Conference: From Inspiration to Application,
WI, January 27-28, 2009.
Annual Southeastern WorkKeys Conference, February
4-6, 2009, Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, Jacksonville, FL.
The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2008. Visit www.southeasternworkeysconference.com
for more details.
his latest book, A Whole New Mind (see
below), Daniel Pink describes a "seismic--though as yet undetected--shift
now under way as we move from an economy "built on logical,
linear, computerlike capabilities of the Information Age to an economy
and a society built on the inventive, empathetic, big-picture capabilities
of what's rising in its place, the Conceptual
book provides insight into and tips for survival in this emerging
world! Pink's style is easy to read and his insights are always
thought-provoking. If you are currently engaged in preparing the
next generation for the workforce, this is a must-read as it highlights
six essential aptitudes on which Pink maintains professional and
personal success will increasingly depend. The names of these
"six senses" (Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, and
Play) may help you to understand why you do NOT understand younger
refeshing commentary is featured in the September 10 edition of
Week. Author Alfie
Kohn (The Schools Our Children Deserve, and others)
takes a fresh look at why and how we assess childrens' progress.
In "It's Not What We Teach, It's What
They Learn", Kohn comments provocatively "It's
tempting, when students are given some kind of assessment, to
assume the results primarily reveal how much progress each kid
is, or isn't, making--rather than noticing that the quality
of the teaching is also being assessed." This aspect
of assessment is too often overlooked. Kohn points out the need
to consider how assessments and directives from teachers are interpreted
by students. He comments that the best of intentions on the part
of teachers are often misinterpreted by students (punishment rather
than motivation to do better, for example) and more harm than
good sometimes results. Read
the entire commentary.
continues to mount about the low numbers of graduating
US STEM professionals compared with the large numbers in India
and China. In particular, there is concern that the proportion
of Hispanic STEM professionals is still at 6%, unchanged from
the numbers in 1999-2000. There are great year-long programs such
that target all minorities and that partner with professional
organizations to increase enrolment and graduation rates in colleges
and universities. In the July edition of Education
Week there is news of an additional effort at the University
of Colorado. The Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp. took
seven teams of high school students through the SciTech
Summer Camp. This effort targets
emphasizing a natural source for quickly ramping up the number
of homegrown engineers and technical professionals. However, more
needs to be done across the country to address the nationwide
shortage of STEM professionals. This crucial shortage is still
not generally on the radar screen of state and local WIBs, community
colleges and universities that could be working together to create
similar fun/educational STEM opportunities for students, particularly
those who might otherwise be at risk because they are turned off
by programs that are too "academic" in approach.
faculty members at the State University of New York at Albany were
searching for answers as to why so few undergraduates were completing
degrees in science and mathematics, they looked at students’
struggles right out of the gate. Many
freshmen, they found, were flunking or dropping out of the introductory
biology, chemistry, and calculus courses that are the foundations
of those studies. University officials are now moving to help those
college newcomers with increased tutoring and mentoring. But they
also plan to begin earlier, by counseling high school students and
families about the potential benefits of a math or science major—and
what the expectations are for studying those subjects at the college
university is just one of many postsecondary institutions that have
sought to forge stronger bonds with K-12 schools in their communities
as a strategy for increasing the flow of students majoring in math
and science and completing degrees. Those efforts include not only
outreach to students and parents, but also preparing students academically
for college math and science, recruitment programs, and the immersion
of high schoolers in independent, postsecondary-style research projects.
The university has received a $1 million grant from the National
Science Foundation to create the new Center
for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success, which will
be housed on campus. The university’s goal is to support programs
that have shown promise to date in reducing attrition in math and
science studies, such as more intensive tutoring in math for new undergraduates.
The Center will also make a new attempt to reach out to the K-12 community.
It plans to launch a summer camp in which rising high school seniors
in Albany and their parents will be invited onto campus to learn about
college-level math and science, and careers in those areas. The
Center is one of many projects across the country funded through an
NSF program that focuses on increasing the movement from high school
to college of students through the so-called STEM fields of science,
technology, engineering, and math. Known as “STEP,” which
stands for STEM Talent Expansion Program,
it funds about $26 million in projects on two- and four-year campuses
across the country. Projects
funded through that NSF program can begin in college or late in high
school, and last up to five years. Read
more about these efforts.
Count 2008: School To College was published in June of
this year. The executive summary (Can State P-16 Councils Ease
the Transition) is available for printing. Click
here to print the document.
you struggling to implement Career Clusters? WIDS
(Worlwide Instructional Design System) now has them loaded into the
software's External Standards Library. All 16 clusters are available,
so users can link them to programs, courses and competencies--showing
exactly where they are addressed across your unique curriculum. Use
the Analyzer feature to document or "map" the connections
and provide matrix reports for evidence. This Software update is available
to current license holders and includes: the Career Clusters, NATEF,
NAEYC, NCATE and Physical Therapist Assistant.
you purchased your copy of Thomas Friedman's latest offering on the
state of the world, global economies, and workforce development in
the future? "Hot, Flat, and Crowded"
off the shelves as people around the country are rushing to read the
latest from the author of "The World Is Flat".
In this new book, "Flat" refers to the dissolution of the
middle class, and Friedman emphasizes why he believes that it is an
economic imperative that our economy take a "green" turn,
even if climate change is not a result of our past non-green practices.
If you do not have a copy of the book but would like to get a sense
of what you are missing, listen
to an interview with Friedman that was aired 9/8/2008
on NPR's Fresh
of just nine accredited programs of its kind in the nation, Moraine
Park Technical College's new online Veterinary
Technician program was recently featured in national news.
This Wisconsin college program is accredited by the American Veterinary
Medical Association, boasts a 72 percent retention rate and has 33
enrolled students. WIDS was used in the accreditation process to document
where AVMA standards were met in the curriculum. Learn
more about this program, and visit the WIDS
web site for more information on updates, training opportunities,
webinars, and more.
response to requests to provide a forum for CRC Consortium members
to communicate directly with each other, the NOCC announces the CRC
Blog. Please use the forum to exchange ideas, questions, and general
information about CRC implementation. Be aware that the NOCC reserves
the right to include any news you post on the blog in future NOCC
newsletters, and to delete comments deemed to be disparaging.
new server for the CRC web site is now fully up and running. Please
use the URL www.crcconsortium.org
to read the latest news and numbers updates, and to refer others to
the site. Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.
most frequently asked question at the NOCC office is "How is
the CRC being funded?" The NOCC is therefore conducting a survey
of CRCC members to find a definitive answer. A recent e-mail was sent
out to state and local contacts requesting information on both initial
and on-going funding for the CRC. Several responses have been received
at the NOCC and this information is greatly appreciated. If
you received the original e-mail from the NOCC and have not yet responded,
please do so as soon as you can. Click
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Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can
Thomas L. Friedman (2008), Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.
Shakes The World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future--And the Challenge
for America; James
Kynge (2008), Houghton Mifflin.
Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future; Daniel
Pink (2008), Riverhead Books.
Thought For The Day:
be afraid to try something new. Remember--the Ark was built by amateurs--the
Titanic was built by professionals!!!
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