#LifeReady Video Testimonials

#LifeReady Video Testimonials

Today I finished producing four dozen video clips featuring local employers who shared advice on what makes a student ready for a career. It is part of the Life Ready project of which I am working on alongside a team of colleagues. The insights provided by these employers hit the nail directly on the head. Everything that we have been discussing in our meetings was supported by their input. We will be using these clips […]

Education and the Economy – Locally and Globally

Education and the Economy – Locally and Globally

Recently, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Bright Minds Foundation luncheon and enjoy three dynamic speakers. The Bright Minds Foundation is the educational foundation of the Howard County Public School System. The luncheon brought together partners and leaders in the Howard County community to enjoy connecting with one another and engaging with the guest speakers. The speakers were taped and I wanted to be sure to capture their message here. When we think […]

Is Having a Teacher Who Likes Them Important to Students? I asked them.

Is Having a Teacher Who Likes Them Important to Students? I asked them.

Last month, I had the opportunity to listen to Brandon Busteed, Gallup’s Executive Director of Education & Workforce Development. (The entire video can be seen below. Brandon’s speech begins at 49:30.) He spoke extensively about the ways educational institutions are preparing students for life after school. Brandon’s entire presentation was engaging and eye-opening, but one thing stood out that caught my attention and generated numerous questions in my mind. It began with Brandon’s assertion that […]

Increasing Effort for Higher Achievement – as told by students

Increasing Effort for Higher Achievement – as told by students

As part of the initiative to redefine “College and Career Ready,” I had an opportunity to visit with about thirty-five high school students yesterday and gain their perspectives on a variety of topics. We discussed the difference between “College and Career Ready” and “Life Ready”, academic competition among their peers, class rank, student-teacher relationship, and a myriad of other topics. First off, let me say that I was impressed by the honesty and vulnerability in […]

Allowing Children to Fall Forward

Allowing Children to Fall Forward

Yesterday I was having a conversation with a business leader in Howard County about the preparation of youth for the world that awaits them. We were discussing the evolution of job descriptions and the attributes that those hiring are looking for. Themes such as problem-solving and perseverance surfaced again and again and he made a point that stuck with me for the rest of the day. He said (I’m paraphrasing based on memory) that more […]

Are Soft Skills > Academic Achievement???

Are Soft Skills > Academic Achievement???

The past two days, I have welcomed leaders from our county’s business community into our television studio to talk about “College and Career Readiness.” More specifically, I wanted them to talk – on camera – about the most critical skills and attributes that they look for in prospective employees. These are leaders that are invested in Howard County public education. They serve on committees, have formed partnerships with our schools, and welcome student interns. As […]

Preparing Students for a World That’s Out of Their Control

Preparing Students for a World That’s Out of Their Control

I recently began reading Amy Fast’s book, It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates. It is a book that has already captured my interest and has a lot of application to the work I am doing around reimagining the skills and attributes that our students require in order to truly become Life Ready. In the first chapter, titled “The Need for Purpose,” Amy sets the foundation for understanding the challenges that are – in many ways […]