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College and Career Readiness

Magazine article Techniques

College and Career Readiness

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AS A TEACHER, ONE OF THE GREATEST COMPLIMENTS a student can bestow upon you is to tell you how something they learned in your class prepared them for their job or career. I have been blessed in my teaching career with great students. It is commonly said that the goal of high school reform is to ensure all students graduate "college- and career-ready." Still, there is confusion over what it. actually means. College and career readiness, in many ii stances. refer to the content knowledge and skills high school graduates must possess in English and mathematics including, but not limited to, reading, writing, communications, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving in order to be successful in any and all future endeavors. Of course, readiness for college and career depends on more than English and mathematics knowledge to be successful after high school.

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As we prepare our students to be college- and career-ready, there are so many options available to them. I believe if students possess excellent soft skills, they can be far ahead in job-readiness skills. A student who is an excellent communicator will go far in their career. Our career and technical student organizations (CTS0s) develop leadership skills, public-speaking skills and social interaction with their peers. Students develop relationship skills that will apply in the world of work and in their personal lives. Competitive events in CTSOs create an awareness of issues we are facing in our society and allow the student to take a more in-depth look at solving some of' these issues. …

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