PS 201Q, the Discovery School for Inquiry and Research, was in the news with the official ribbon cutting of their new STEAM SmartLab. The SmartLab, along with a Student Broadcast Studio from Creative Learning Systems was funded through a $400,000 allocation by city councilman Rory Lancman along with money from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.
New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This, to me, is what all students should have!" said Ms. Fariña. "It's also going to give the middle schools in the neighborhood a run for their money because these students are already going to go into middle school prepared to be scientists of tomorrow."
Television news channel NY1 was there to cover the event, watch it here.
Most educators are committed to helping prepare students for career success. Schools devote considerable effort to ensure that academic standards meet this need.
But what do employers really look for when hiring?
A new Wall Street Journal study analyzed 2.3 million LinkedIn profiles in search of an answer. The results of the study may offer new perspectives into how we define “career ready”. These findings provide important considerations for the development of programs to address this important mission.
According the Wall Street Journal, employers are increasingly looking for workers with strong soft skills. Communication skills topped the list of soft skills in demand by employers. This was followed by organization, teamwork, punctuality, critical thinking, social skills, creativity, interpersonal communication, adaptability and having a friendly personality.
While we sometimes refer to these competencies as “soft skills”, employers consider them to be absolutely critical for hiring and career success. Schools that recognize career readiness as an important element of their educational mission would do well to commit resources to developing these skills in addition to necessary foundations in academic content.
Creative Learning Systems SmartLabs provide project-based STEM and media arts programs that develop critical workplace skills like those highlighted in the Wall Street Journal article.
Learn more about how SmartLabs address these critical workplace skills.
Last month, I had the privilege of presenting National Reference Site Awards to STEM and communication media arts SmartLabs in North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, IL. The District produced the video below to document the event. You can read their full newsletter article here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H5I0iiEr1QN1nnukM8QzKMNbD0skzZBY_I3V5be3030/edit