How can schools better help young people navigate the traps and gaps that impede their readiness to meet life's challenges? Three leading thinkers in the youth field recently got together to tackle that very question.
The “Thought Leader Roundtable on Readiness and Schools” featured Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment; Forum Senior Fellow Stephanie Krauss; and Bryan Joffe, director of education and youth development at AASA: The School Superintendents Association.
The topic was chosen because leaders across sectors – from education and afterschool to government and business – are talking about the need to increase the skills that young people need to succeed in school, work and life. “Whether you call them nonacademic competencies, soft skills, readiness abilities, there's public attention on competency,” Karen Pittman said. Among the points they discussed:
Listen to the recording (one hour) at http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=1f13j8.
Find out more about The Readiness Project.
1- Karen Pittman’s recent Huffington Post blog on the importance of youth engagement: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-pittman/to-overcome-poor-schools_b_6288102.html
2- Stephanie Krauss’ recent blog on the roads to readiness: http://sparkaction.org/content/right-be-ready-part-3-roads-readiness
3- AASA’s School Discipline resources page: http://www.aasa.org/schooldiscipline.aspx
4- The Council of State Governments’ Justice Center – Breaking School Rules Report: http://csgjusticecenter.org/youth/breaking-schools-rules-report/