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Are We Prepared for
Jobs of the Future?
Overview
Job preparedness
Connecting education < > work world
Shifting our “mindset”
K-12 models
Resources
Are our students
ready for work in
the“real” world?
What must we
do to better to prepare
them?
Concerns in the Literature…
Current and Future
Language Demands
in the Workplace:
Proficiencies and
Gaps
Workforce Skills
...
The Disconnect…
Educational
Institutions Workplace
Still based on traditional
top-down model, passive learning,
rote memor...
Giving Employers What They Don’t
Really Want
What Educators Think Employers
Want…
What Employers value…
Students with prof...
Bridging the Gap…
Shift student mindset
Shift instructor
mindset
Students
prepared
for the
workplace
Community
Connections...
Reshaping Student Perceptions
about Foreign Language…
Language as more than meeting a requirement
Professionals in the cla...
One Idea
State Foreign Language Competitions:
Add an option where students present a
professional project based on a serv...
Shifting Instructor Mindset: Things
To Think About…
Do we need to use everything in the book, is it all
relevant now?
What...
A Couple of Ideas…
State Conferences/Faculty Meetings: bring in
community professionals to talk about
workforce needs
Be...
Wednesday’s Session: Sneak
Preview
K-12 Program
Models
Virtual Guests
Where to Find
Resources
How to Work
With Us?
Spanish for Leadership-
Colorado, Cristin Bleess
Spanish in the Community
and the Workplace-
Wisconsin, Katrina Beeck
Span...
Resources/Professional
Community
www.nble.org
Thank you!
Advocacy Clip on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwCEkleilNQ
More videos at You Tube Channel- Mary Risner
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Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?

  1. 1. Mary E. Risner, Ed.D. AATSP 2013, San Antonio, Texas http://about.me/risnermary Are We Prepared for Jobs of the Future?
  2. 2. Overview Job preparedness Connecting education < > work world Shifting our “mindset” K-12 models Resources
  3. 3. Are our students ready for work in the“real” world? What must we do to better to prepare them?
  4. 4. Concerns in the Literature… Current and Future Language Demands in the Workplace: Proficiencies and Gaps Workforce Skills Reality Check Global Competitiveness Report Future Work Skills 2020: Cross-Cultural Competency Global Citizenship – What Are We Talking About and Why Does It Matter What Business Wants Essential Skills for the 21st Century Workplace
  5. 5. The Disconnect… Educational Institutions Workplace Still based on traditional top-down model, passive learning, rote memorization, etc. Reacting more quickly in changing global context
  6. 6. Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want What Educators Think Employers Want… What Employers value… Students with professional majors Critical thinking, problem- solving, communication skills are more important than major Access to knowledge from top scholars/lectures “ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; capacity for continued new learning…” Proof of high grades and test scores "employers consistently rank outcomes and practices that involve application of skills over acquisition of discrete bodies of knowledge…" The Chronicle of Higher Education Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want June 17, 2013 Robert J. Sternberghttp://chronicle.com/article/Giving-Employers-What- They/139877/?cid=ja&utm_source=ja&utm_medium=en
  7. 7. Bridging the Gap… Shift student mindset Shift instructor mindset Students prepared for the workplace Community Connections *Maybe Common Core Standards will help make a difference?
  8. 8. Reshaping Student Perceptions about Foreign Language… Language as more than meeting a requirement Professionals in the classroom (virtually and F2F) Student connections to community projects Help students stand out in the job search http://darcylear.com/
  9. 9. One Idea State Foreign Language Competitions: Add an option where students present a professional project based on a service learning or consulting experience (projects can be used in student portfolio)
  10. 10. Shifting Instructor Mindset: Things To Think About… Do we need to use everything in the book, is it all relevant now? What kind of learning activities do we need to engage students in language use for real-world contexts? How can we creatively assess students for skills they will apply in real-world situations?
  11. 11. A Couple of Ideas… State Conferences/Faculty Meetings: bring in community professionals to talk about workforce needs Be informed about workforce statistics, reports showing need for global skills, growth industries (www.nble.org )
  12. 12. Wednesday’s Session: Sneak Preview K-12 Program Models Virtual Guests Where to Find Resources How to Work With Us?
  13. 13. Spanish for Leadership- Colorado, Cristin Bleess Spanish in the Community and the Workplace- Wisconsin, Katrina Beeck Spanish for Leadership- Florida, Danika Cornelius Business and Environment-Connecticut, Juanjo Vazquez-Caballero Spanish for Healthcare- Pennsylvania, Melissa Swarr How You Can Add a “C” for Careers
  14. 14. Resources/Professional Community www.nble.org
  15. 15. Thank you!
  16. 16. Advocacy Clip on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwCEkleilNQ More videos at You Tube Channel- Mary Risner

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