• Where Superintendents Stand on Key Issues

    I was excited to read Gallup’s national survey of superintendents because I have respect for the people behind the position and am keenly interested in how they are aligned on key issues in K-12 education. Most superintendents are highly educated and have decades of experience in education. Here are some insights from this Gallup report:… Continue Reading

  • Workforce Strategy Focuses on Skills

    The World Economic Forum released their 2018 Future of Jobs report. It is a survey of business executives representing many of the multinational companies around the world to get a pulse on their workforce strategies for the upcoming period 2018 to 2022. An overarching theme of the report is how technology – particularly ubiquitous high-speed… Continue Reading

  • How Long Does it Take to Learn a Skill

    A Skills Culture is about committing to learn and apply skills properly. As I rally practitioners and learners around this mindset, important questions someone might ask are: How long does it take to learn a skill? How long is the commitment? These are good questions for someone who is expected to spend time and resources… Continue Reading

  • Learning Label and Standards

    A learning label is a concise, uniform display to represent learning expectations. It is portable and takes only a small section on the page, but is interactive with content appearing in layers (initiated through mouse-overs and clicks). The succinctness and readability for all parties (from a child to an adult) differentiates the technology from anything… Continue Reading

  • Skills Culture is a Growth Mindset

    Most people believe they can learn a skill if they put in the necessary time and effort (according to a survey in A Skills Based Approach to Developing a Career). And this is apparent in everyday life; people are willing to give learning a skill a try. One example is learning physical skills in sports.… Continue Reading

  • Communicate Skills in Learning

    Skills are a language for learning. We talk about skills: in education and higher education (though I think we should be doing it much more), as we think about career planning, to summarize professional experiences, and in employers’ forecasts of future demand. I think it makes sense to bridge communication across these functions with skills,… Continue Reading