Future of Work

OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success – Education Article

My standard keynote address begins with a quip that defines the long and winding road of my career: I’m a millennial trapped in an old man’s body. I have worked in retail and journalism, mopped floors, been paid to taste wine, held upper management jobs in two educational non-profits, started two consulting practices, and worked in two school districts as a K-12 teacher. The longest I’ve ever worked in one field is 13 years, but my transiency has accelerated as…

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Chegg Expands Student Debt Relief Benefit for Employees—Up to $5,000 More a Year – Education Article

Paying off student loans has become the new cool. Last month, billionaire Robert F. Smith, CEO of Vista Equity Partners, pledged to pay off the debt for his alma mater’s graduating class. It was a hard act to follow (although Burger King tried). Now, a publicly-traded education company that serves millions of college students has ramped up student debt relief services for its own employees. Chegg, based in Santa Clara, Calif., is offering entry-level and manager-level employees in the U.S.…

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Promoting Pathways to Good Jobs: Strada Education Network – Education Article

Since 2014, Strada Education Network has invested more than $100 million to help more Americans get a good first job. Strada is a national social impact organization dedicated to strengthening the pathways between education and employment. Strada is based in Indianapolis. After operating as a federal student loan guarantor (formerly known as USA Funds) since 1960, Strada transformed itself into a national social impact enterprise with a mission of “Completion With a Purpose.” Former Assistant Secretary of Education Carol D’Amico has been…

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs – Education Article

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. Two years later, Dubuc’s company, OpenClassrooms, has closed deals with both of them. Salesforce has worked with OpenClassrooms to create and offer a developer-training course to help people learn how to use the Salesforce platform. In a similar vein, Microsoft…

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Mobile App From Big Picture Learning Identifies and Manages Student Internships – Education Article

From the minute he met a student from The Met, the flagship Big Picture Learning school, Andrew Frishman (@AndrewFrishman) knew he would be involved in crafting education one student at a time. He became a Big Picture advisor at (the now world famous) Metropolitan Regional Career And Technical Center (The Met) in Providence and then internship coordinator at Met Sacramento. For the last six years, Andrew has been co-director of Big Picture, a network of schools dedicated to education one student at a…

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Guided Pathways and Meta-Majors | Getting Smart – Education Article

My oldest son, who will graduate from college in June of 2020, leaves in a month for an internship in Los Angeles. My youngest son heads off to college, again in LA, in August. I constantly think about their pathway through college and wonder if they will be prepared to enter the workforce. My children are prime examples of the importance of support networks and effective mentors. They are carving their own pathway, but they have road maps, field guides,…

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CEO’s at Recess: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Elementary School – Education Article

Remember when you were young and played “store” or “restaurant” at home? The excitement of coming up with a name for your budding business, setting prices, choosing products or menu items, and finding customers (that is, family members and usually a couple of stuffed animals). When my son was three years old, he started a store in our house called the “Stuff Store Studio.” He sold his father’s old records and some of his own drawings. Even at his young…

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It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition – Education Article

Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. The same is true about elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. Usually, the robots are teleoperated to perform a task like picking up objects and putting them in a bucket. The rules change each year but the scoring is the same—the most stuff in the bucket wins. The…

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Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course – Education Article

By: Tom Vander Ark and Kyle Barriger Shouldn’t young people know about the most important change force that will influence their lives and livelihoods? We think so. That’s why every high school should offer a course on artificial intelligence (AI). Or, better yet, incorporate a set of competencies into graduation requirements that ensure that every young person understands the technology drivers and the implications for the economy and society. The prevalence of AI has increased dramatically in the last few…

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