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Around the World in 30 Days -- October 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The stark problem of inequality was a major theme in my global discussions this month. Inequality (gender and economic) causes huge gaps in who can get a good education, but it also creates gaps in who are unable to use their education for employment.

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine - The Close It Summit

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"As global engagement inevitably continues to increase, schools of the future will be leaders in reaching across borders and oceans through these tech...

How James Bond and MacGyver Helped Me Write This Blog Post

Marc Chun | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Marc Chun

Educating future MacGyvers means ensuring that students have a solid grounding, then presenting them with new, unstructured problems and paying attention to their process.

Closing Skills and Training Gaps: A "Pull" Model for Community Talent Pipelines

Scott Hudson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Scott Hudson

Education and training providers push programs that don't lead to employment, and companies are pulling away from those providers and not sharing their specific talent needs.

Youth Can't Invest in Their Future Without Help Early On

Sruti Balakrishnan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Sruti Balakrishnan

The issue many young people face is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of adequate career guidance at an early enough stage in their development -- and a critical societal failure to provide it.

Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Model in Successful Workforce Readiness

Scott Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Scott Hudson

How can students better prepare themselves for a successful career? How will they get that unique selling proposition that sets them apart from their peer competitors?

From Common Core to Common Sense: The Next American Educational Revolution

Dan DeMaioNewton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dan DeMaioNewton

It's important to reflect on where we are, and where we choose to go. We need to continue to question what we want the purpose of education to be.

Businesses' Responsibility to Train And Reskill The Long-Term Unemployed

Matt Ferguson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Matt Ferguson

Many companies argue that training for technical skills presents a risk. Why give a new worker a skill they can easily take to a competitor who didn't make the same investment? But actually, empowering employment via training is a driver of retention and productivity gains if done well.

Changing the Game: Closing the Data Gap Will Help Narrow the Skills Gap

Mary Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Wright

As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something important has been missing from most discussions: data.

Working, Learning and LIfe: Artificial Schisms

Parminder K. Jassal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Parminder K. Jassal

We put the focus on everything else but the central issue of performance. This has resulted in a worsening skills gap, a disconnect between educational output and the human capital demands of industry, and a culture focused on getting kids into college rather than providing learners with what they need to be successful in their careers and lives.

The ‘Clean' Truth About Manufacturing in the U.S.

Ryan Costella | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Ryan Costella

Through proactive engagement with our community and by opening the doors of our factories to students, teachers, parents and the broader community, we are dispelling antiquated stereotypes and, once again, getting people excited about "Made in the USA".

College Grad, Will Work for Food

Jamai Blivin | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Jamai Blivin

We have to begin to find new pathways to employment that acknowledge the value of skills and experience, can be demonstrated through alternative credentialing and recognized by employers where there is no degree or while an individual is working toward their degree.