Read Dr. Larson's earlier Community Columns below or here.
While our students are enjoying time off from the school year routine, many of our instructors are working in teams developing relevant units of study. While identifying what key concepts, themes and content will be taught, they also are determining the essential work skills students will need for the future. The implications of advanced robotics, workplace automation, artificial intelligence and driverless vehicles has and will continue to have a profound impact on careers in the future. Career success in the future will depend less on what our students know and more on the skills and dispositions they bring to the work environment.
Let's take a look at some of the future-ready dispositions and skills that our teachers are integrating into students’ learning experiences:
Pursuing Purpose, Meaning and Possibilities
Technology and automation are replacing many jobs and creating new career opportunities. Many careers of the future have yet to be identified. It is paramount that our graduates be able to discover and pursue their passion and interests. This will ensure they will find value, significance and meaning in their work. This "sense making” also will help them be better contributors to their families, community and society.
Digital Media Literacy
Success in the future will require the ability to critically assess and develop content and information that uses a variety of media. Abundant information from tech devices will continue to be seamlessly integrated into our lives. It will be critical that our graduates are able to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence all as a virtual team member.
The ability to filter and process information, frame unanswered questions and drive toward solutions will be critical attributes in the new economy. This requires students to experience inquiry problem-based assignments that are multifaceted and require teamwork. Through these challenging projects students are able to demonstrate ingenuity, enterprise and resourcefulness.
In the future, all successful workers will need to operate in varied cultural settings and will be expected to connect with others in a deep and direct way. This will require perception, intuition, understanding and empathy. To nurture these traits, instructors are mindful of the importance of fostering the elements of belonging and equity into the classroom culture.
Grit and Perseverance
Teachers use insight and technique in designing learning experiences that help students set goals, embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks and failure and learn from constructive criticism. More than just intellectual abilities, students are learning that effort is key on the pathway to their success.
The future of work is uncertain. The good news is that your local public school teachers continually work hard to design and prepare learning experiences that provide more than just knowledge.
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Read Dr. Larson's earlier essays below
2017-18 Community Columns
Good to see summer learning becoming the norm here
2016-17 Community Columns
Education is not just another commodity here
Public schools benefit from richness of diversity here
Be wary of snake oil salesmen in education here
Characteristics of Strong Education Systems here
Leveraging the election for growth here
Glenbard emphasizes importance of service to others here
Challenging courses prepare teens for college, careers here
High School Parenting is Gardening, Not Carpentry here
Fight the Summer Slide here
2015-16 Community Columns
Equity in Advanced Placement here
Growth Mindset Makes a Difference here
Send Consistent Message Opposing Underage Drinking here
Hold Hands and Stick Together here
The Value of Rigor in the Classroom here
Studying the Arts Enhances Student Achievement here
Parent Involvement is Important here
Making America Great Again here
Property Tax Freeze Would Harm Students here
Teachers Advance Their Craft During Summer here.
2014-15 Community Columns
Be Wary; Education Cuts Never Heal here
Increasing Responsibilities of Public Education here
The Governor's Playbook for Compassion here
Important Partnership here
Strategic Planning Key to Success of iPad Implementation here
The "Year of Over Testing" here
School Funding Reform Act Senate Bill 16 here
Watch the Screen Time here
2013-14 Community Columns
Impressive Community Support here
New Year's Resolution here
Celebrating Diversity here
Shrinking Middle Class here
Fight Summer Learning Loss here
2012-13 Community Columns
Public Education is Inclusive, Diverse here
Transparency Builds Community Trust here
Technology Will Transform Learning here
High Levels Of Communication here
Pension Reform Observations here
Key Habits of Fiscally Responsible Districts here
High Expectations For All here
Those Special Teachers here