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Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives | MindShift

From MindShift: “Business leaders and economic thinkers are worried that today’s students aren’t leaving school with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workplace. Representatives from tech companies and hiring experts are looking for applicants who show individuality, confidence in their abilities, ability to identify and communicate their strengths, and who are capable of thinking on their feet.

At the recent Next New World conference hosted by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, panelists addressed the question of how the American education system can better prepare students to meet the evolving challenges of the 21st century economy.

Every panelist agreed that right now, the U.S. does not have a system that produces students that meet those needs.

‘The problem is not to get incrementally better with our current education system,’ said Tony Wagner, expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. ‘The problem is to reimagine it.’ Wagner is not the first to call for a  make-over of the education system, and he certainly isn’t the first to advocate for content that connects with students in authentic ways or that teaches real world skills. His voice joins with the countless educators clamoring for the freedom to pursue those same goals.”

Read more, via Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives | MindShift.

Events

Free Webinar: Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?

The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to an informational webinar exploring the effect of service system collaboration on student outcomes in a statewide transition demonstration project.  Researchers will discuss the different approaches to defining and measuring service system collaboration, and present the findings of a study assessing its impact on student vocational rehabilitation outcomes.  Recommendations for inter-agency transition teams will be provided, as well as directions for further study.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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New Work-Based Learning Website

NSTTAC, in partnership with other organizations focused on employment of youth and young adults with disabilities, has launched a newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC) website, accessible through NSTTAC’s website: http://www.nsttac.org/ytw/home.

The purpose of this website is to house resources that help link resources for work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities. The resources are organized across 8 work-based learning experience (WBLE) categories: (1) career exploration, (2) job shadowing, (3) job sampling, (4) service learning, (5) internships, (6) apprenticeships, (7) paid employment, and (8) mentoring.

Within each WBLE category, resources are organized for the following audiences (1) schools, (2) businesses, (3) youth service professionals, (4) families, and (5) youth with disabilities.

Events

Work-based Learning Webinar Series

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Description: Sponsored by NSTTAC
http://tadnet.adobe.connect.com/nsttac/

NSTTAC, in partnership with other organizations focused on employment of youth and young adults with disabilities, has launched a newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC) website, accessible through NSTTAC’s website: http://www.nsttac.org/ytw/home. The purpose of this website is to house resources that help link resources for work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities. The resources are organized across 8 work-based learning experience (WBLE) categories: (1) career exploration, (2) job shadowing, (3) job sampling, (4) service learning, (5) internships, (6) apprenticeships, (7) paid employment, and (8) mentoring. Within each WBLE category, resources are organized for the following audiences (1) schools, (2) businesses, (3) youth service professionals, (4) families, and (5) youth with disabilities.

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2014 Webinar Series will begin May 6. We are looking forward to these great topics:

Tuesday May 6th, 2:00 EST The Way to Work: Employment Success for Youth in Transition (Rich Luecking, TransCen, Inc)

Tuesday June 10th, 2:00 EST Work Based Learning Experiences and the Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) (Mindy Larson, NCWD-Youth)

Tuesday June 24th, 2:00 EST Work Based Learning and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): An in-depth training on the federal guidelines that must be used to established the understandings between employer, school, family and student. (Judy Imperatore, Consultant)

To attend these webinars, you DO NOT have to register and they are FREE. Simply follow these directions:

The webinar will be hosted at http://tadnet.adobe.connect.com/nsttac/.
Login: Choose the “enter as guest” option and type your name
And also dial in: Conference number: 1-800-201-2375 and the Participant Code: 611914

Any questions contact jjcease@uncc.edu

Events

Save the Date: Youth Transitions Collaborative

Please mark your calendar! The Youth Transitions Collaborative, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will host an educational seminar.

This educational seminar will provide an opportunity for the OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration to share information about the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency’s role in the transition process, VR transition practices, and related Federal transition requirements. The event is designed to inform youth with disabilities, their family members, practitioners, VR counselors, public and private sector agencies, educators and other stakeholders in the transition community about the importance of collaboration to ensure a smooth transition process for students with disabilities as they exit school and prepare for post- school activities. You can participate virtually and webinar details are forthcoming.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

National Youth Transitions Center

2013 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006