It’s All About Skills is a series of programs that describe the eight Critical Skills that you, your children, your grandchildren and all of us need to succeed as well as to ensure the survival of our constitutional republic. The skills were derived not from simple surveys but from hard data from the kinds of skills that organizations – public and private – actually look for when they hire individuals who will have an impact on the organization. Programs following the introductory series will focus on perspectives and experiences of others such as teachers, businesses, parents, students, executive recruiters, career coaches, politicians, etc. in teaching, using and assessing the skills. Some programs will focus on specific programs and/or activities that a teacher can do in classrooms – or that parents who home school their children can do.
017 All About Skills – Field Studies
episode, Charlie Jett discusses Field Studies in depth. Field Studies were
highlighted by the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
report, “Teaching the SCANS Competencies” as an effective means of teaching the
Studies are conducted by a team of students and focus on issues identified by
local area businesses or community service organizations. The students write a
confirmation letter, develop a work plan, develop an interview guide, collect
data (primarily through interviews), verify the information for truth and
accuracy, and conduct their analysis to develop findings, conclusions and
recommendations. Assessment is authentic.
Students down to the middle school level are capable of conducting Field Studies.
016 All About Skills – Work-Based Learning
In this episode, Charlie Jett discusses the importance of
work-based learning for disadvantaged youth as well for the health and
well-being of the US economy.
He discusses different kinds of work-based learning programs
such as tours, job shadowing, mentorships, internships, registered
apprenticeships, cooperative education, service learning and field studies.
He stresses the importance of work-based learning forcollege-bound students as well as those students who are bypassing college andgoing directly into the work force.
015 All About Skills – Authentic Assessment
In this episode, Charlie Jett focuses on Authentic Assessment - what it is and how it is accomplished. Of particular interest is Professor Jon Mueller's (North Central College) contribution of his outstanding descriptions of authentic assessment vs traditional assessment (used with permission). He has an excellent website that can be reached at the following address: http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/
014 All About Skills – Parents
In this episode, Charlie Jett discusses how parents can help their children learn and practice the Critical Skills.
013 All About Skills – Brave New World
The world around us is changing at a pace that the word "dizzy" doesn't describe. It poses challenges for young people to find for themselves a productive role in society and to engage in and lead a happy life. To do this, one must understand what has happened over the past half century and where our world seems to be heading. In this episode, Charlie Jett discusses these challenges and the growing importance of the Critical Skills in the lives of those facing the future.
012 All About Skills – High School Graduation Address
This is the text of a high school graduation address given by Charlie Jett in California. It stresses the importance of the Critical Skills, advice about choosing a college, advice about choosing a major, and advice about taking that "first job."