Shift Teaching Forward: Advancing Career Skills to Prepare Tomorrow's Workforce

Shift Teaching Forward: Advancing Career Skills to Prepare Tomorrow's Workforce

by Kelly Cassaro, Dana Lee
Shift Teaching Forward: Advancing Career Skills to Prepare Tomorrow's Workforce

Shift Teaching Forward: Advancing Career Skills to Prepare Tomorrow's Workforce

by Kelly Cassaro, Dana Lee


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A practical guide to preparing students and job candidates for the demands of the modern workplace 

How can we prepare learners for an ever-changing world and job market? What are 21st century employers looking for in applicants, and how do we coach jobseekers to be ready on day one? Now is the time to rethink and expand how we prepare job seekers for the roles that will launch their careers. In Shift Teaching Forward, Kelly Cassaro gives educators the knowledge, insight, and practical advice they need to prime students for the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s workplace.  

Shift Teaching Forward showcases the ecosystem of elements that characterizes a successful job-training program. As educators, we need to focus not only on standards alignment and technical skills, but also on the soft skills that will make students stand out as job candidates. In today’s labor market, being able to do the job is just the first step. We need to prepare students to interact with others, contribute to inclusive workplaces, and become collaborators—whatever their industry or career goals. This book shows the way. 

  • Discover why social, emotional, and behavioral skills are so critical for workplace success  
  • Get ideas and insight for integrating soft skills into secondary, postsecondary, and vocational training programs 
  • Develop training programs that will improve collaboration and inclusivity in your workplace 
  • Prepare learners for the future of work by embracing the full range of job readiness skills 

This book is ideal for secondary, postsecondary, and vocational educators and administrators, and it will also appeal to organizations looking to develop in-house talent. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119900207
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/21/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 670,852
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

KELLY CASSARO is Chief of Learning at Generation, a nonprofit that tackles global unemployment. She has spent twenty years in the U.S. K-12 and global workforce development spaces as a teacher, school administrator, staff developer, curriculum designer, board member and strategic leader.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Jobs Landscape Is Changing 9

Change Is the Only Constant 10

The Pandemic and Everything After 13

Understanding the Future of Work 14

Who Does the Work 16

How the Work Is Done 19            

Giving Students the Advantage 25

2 The Connection between Education and Employment 27

The Bridge between Secondary Education and Employment 29

Challenges and Barriers 33

Sage on the Stage, Guide on the Side 34

Evolving Mindsets 38

The Importance of Equity in Education 39

A Sense of Belonging 42

Embedding Employability into the Curriculum 43

Guaranteed Work Experience 43

3 Two Frameworks for Understanding Social-Emotional Skills 45

SEL in the Jobs-Training Landscape 46

What Is Social and Emotional Learning? 49

Which SEL Skills Need to Be Taught? 51

The CASEL 5: Core SEL Competencies 52

Durable Skills Framework 60

What Are Durable Skills? 61

Closing Thoughts on Social and Emotional Learning 74

4 Does Teaching Social-Emotional Learning Work? 77

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement 78

Links between Moral Reasoning and Academic Performance 80

School-Wide SEL Programming’s Impact on Academic Performance 81

School-Wide SEL Programming’s beyond Academic Achievement 82

Characteristics of Successful SEL Programs 83

Longevity of Impacts from SEL Interventions 86

Emotional Intelligence and Job Performance 88

The Case for SEL: A Summary 89

5 Evaluating Social-Emotional Learning Needs, Activities, and Outcomes 91

Start with the End in Mind 92

What Does Formative Evaluation Involve? 94

Eight Steps to Support the Formative Evaluation Process 94

What Does Process Evaluation Involve? 98

Exploring the Kirkpatrick Model 99

What Does End-of-Program Evaluation Involve? 102

Best Practices in Experimental Design 104

How Do We Robustly Measure SEL? 106

Ethics 109

6 Overcoming Student-Specific Employability Challenges 115

Increasing Exposure and Igniting Interest 117

Increasing Social Capital 119

Identifying and Overcoming Pressures 120

Identifying Student Strengths 122

Cultivating a Sense of Belonging 123

Challenges beyond the Educator’s Reach 125

7 Establishing Common Language for an Employability-Driven Classroom Culture 127

Common Language for Career-Focused Competencies 128

Common Language for a Culture of Learning and Teaching 131

8 Classroom Strategies to Increase Employability 143

Three Strategies for Creating a Supportive Culture 144

Role Plays and Case Studies 150

Bring In the Learning and Take Out the Learning 155

Embrace AI in Your Teaching Practice 158

Micro-Moments for Increased Career Awareness 160

9 Developing Curriculum Where Employment Comes First 169

The Employability-Focused Curriculum Design Process 170

Employment at the Center of Design 188

A Note on Design Thinking 190

Conclusion 193

There Is Power in Community 194

Start Somewhere, and Start Small 195

Everything Begins with Intention 197

Go Forward 198

Resource Guide 199

References 207

Acknowledgments 211

About the Authors 213

Index 215

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Over the last two decades of observing and implementing education-to-employment programs across the world, I can attest to the transformative impact skills-driven education provides to employment success. This book gives educators and trainers real-life tactics and inspiration to bring these strategies to life and to fundamentally change the trajectory of their students’ lives.”
—Mona Mourshed, CEO, Generation You Employed

"As an educator myself, I found the book to be an indispensable resource that resonates deeply with the challenges and opportunities we face in the educational realm today. Kelly’s dedication to bridging the gap between theory and practice shines through, making this book an essential read for anyone committed to shaping the future of education."
—Gideon Murenga, Senior TVET and Labour Markets Advisor and Education Expert

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