Giving Compass' Take:

Erik Day shares his experiences attending the Job for The Future Horizons, a conference that highlights various educational pursuits that are based around innovating how educators prepare students for the future workforce.

How can innovation benefit educators, students and the workforce? Will any of the innovations referenced at the conference be too much for students? For educators? What is the training process like?

Read these three questions that focus on further examination of innovation in the education sector.

I attended JFF (Jobs for the Future) Horizons, a conference that served as a powerful reminder that we won’t be able to prepare our students for the rapidly changing world and technologies like AI if our education, policy, and private sector systems continue operating in silos, and that highlighted creative ways to conceptualize and build new partnerships and bridges between those sectors.

This is a huge, complicated, beast of a challenge, but represented at Horizons were a few new initiatives and ideas in particular that did a very good job of illustrating the power of cross-sectoral collaboration, and that give me hope that these partnerships will continue to accelerate progress until, hopefully sooner rather than later, our society catches up to the changes that technology is bringing.

I want to dive into some fresh ideas being advocated for by the people who attended and presented at Horizons, who are making big and interesting efforts in this area.

  • Incubating Innovations through Cross-Sector Collaboration: At the event, JFF announced the launch of the first round of big initiatives from JFFLabs, the new innovation engine of the organization that will be focused on the increasing roles that technology and corporations play in workforce, education, and training.
  • Efforts to Design Solutions and Systems Must Still Focus on Equity: Fresh approaches to creating more equitable systems are happening such as Stephanie Lampkin’s AI-based approach to removing bias from the hiring process.
  • Putting Money to Work: A large amount of money is spent on the education industry every year. How can it be used most effectively?
  • Experiential K-12 Learning is a Promising Path Forward.
  • New Forms of Credentials Are Needed.

Read the full article about future of work and learning by Erik Day at Getting Smart