The Ten Most Important Skills Needed for Future Employment

Feb 1, 2018

As you may know, the World Economic Forum is currently holding its annual meeting in Davos Switzerland.  This meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.  At the 2016 meeting the WEF issued its report on the ten most important skills needed for future employment.  They are:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgement and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility

As we continue our strategic planning process at Summit, rigorous content mastery that develops these same skills is our ultimate aim. You may also notice that few of these skills are effectively measured by standardized tests.  We know that innovation is at the center of the world in which our students will go to school and work—and while we can’t predict the kind of problems they will need to solve in the future, we can empower them with the content and skills they will need to be ready.  Click HERE  the full report, and HERE  for a summary article.

Thank you to the many parents who participated in our Strategic Planning Community Input Meetings and took the parent survey.  The survey results were encouraging and helped affirm areas of growth that we are aware of and working to improve.  The Strategic Planning Team began our review of the data this week, and will be identifying goal areas in early February.  Parents’ voices and perspectives are essential in helping us guide the future of our school, and parents will be invited to participate in the goal area groups once established.  We will also be sharing the survey summary and updating our progress in the days ahead.

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