Skills and learning: Unlocking the future for today’s students

Skills and learning: Unlocking the future for today’s students

Skills and learning: Unlocking the future for today’s students

Lessons from the Great Recession and the retirement of Baby Boomers are driving a widespread desire to accelerate higher education in an effort to support longer careers.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the widening gap between “college-trained” and “job-ready” candidates, with lesser-skilled and less-educated workers playing catch-up for years.

However, actual skills—not just well-practiced but recognized—are today’s most important determinant of wage growth and future job prospects. More need to be learned for more to be paid.

New online, in-person and hybrid teaching models are leading the way in providing dynamic, 21st-century pedagogy on the ground in our classrooms. Although teaching and learning should be embedded at all levels, new approaches are attracting top national talent and recognizing the need for a shift toward classroom environments that better support students’ math skills, cognitive development and behavioral issues.

Here are five schools highlighting the role of classroom geometry and geometry skills in the classroom.

1. Boston University

ExploreWhatYouKnow.com partners with classrooms at Boston University to provide students with fun and engaging math instruction using engaging science content taught by under-resourced urban high school students.

Working with marginalized populations, Boston University produces a diverse student body with demonstrated mathematical skill sets, a curiosity for problem-solving and a determination to succeed.

2. Purdue University

InternHigh has turned MathLab into a growth business for the school that students pay a small fee to access. They work on real math problems and receive real credit toward a degree.

Founded by education entrepreneurs, it is part of Purdue’s Georgetown Model and Concentration program. By offering under-resourced urban children the opportunity to engage with math, their success is intertwined with an impact on STEM education globally.

3. Northeastern University

U.S. Achievement Award for Math Secondary School Program

Computer programming is a language of today. But not everyone is equally prepared.

In U.S. Achievement Award for Math Secondary School Program, Northeastern University partnered with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to conduct an extensive program involving math, science and programming with more than 500 high school students in Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Philadelphia School District.

Graduates demonstrate skills crucial to securing jobs in STEM fields: integration of software, creativity, ingenuity and critical thinking.

4. The Texas Straubinger School

Let In: Bias, Inequality and the Last Generation of B-Students

If the teacher and student were rated on their Bias level, less than 0.9 of 1’s on this online tool would be conferred to the teacher.

The Bias class exemplifies a variety of techniques by students and instructors: videos, flashcards, question-and-answer sessions, a blog and online workshop. The nearly four-year (most completed by 10th grade) program connects all facets of STEM education to specific STEM problems that make for a visual agenda for class work.

It also provides digital training and is an evidence-based opportunity for students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills on a real-world grid with real-world evidence.

5. Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

BSK Ghisingrokai

Seven years after entering its online program, 100 percent of BSK Ghisingrokai’s students are enrolled at Stanford in physics, computational and photonics majors. Many parents don’t realize there is even a STEM program in their child’s high school.

Every interaction with this school and program has been beneficial, based on my experience.

Contributing: Barbara Keller

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