Networking Break with Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
2:45 pm   -   3:30 pm
Room: Ballroom

Engaging Roundtable discussions will be held during the afternoon networking break from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Connect with thought-leaders in the workforce and STEM fields on current and pressing topics.

Navigating the Future of Learning: How States Can Redesign Education Systems to Build a Future STEM Workforce
-Lillian Pace, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, KnowledgeWorks
A new era is unfolding in which exponential advances in digital technologies are causing us to reevaluate our relationships with one another, with our institutions and with ourselves. KnowledgeWorks’ fifth comprehensive forecast on the future of learning, the 2018 Navigating the Future of Learning report, offers a glimpse into how these changes might impact the education landscape in the next decade. In this discussion, KnowledgeWorks leaders will preview the major drivers of change impacting STEM education and highlight early adopter states across the country that have already begun to personalize their education systems to create better opportunities for learners. By exploring these emerging trends, participants will begin to consider new possibilities for education systems that ensure all students graduate with the knowledge, skills and social emotional competencies for future career and life success.

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Micro-Credentialing: Rethinking How People Teach and Learn
-Beth Ratway; Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research

-Jason Lange; President, Bloomboard
Teachers and students are continuously searching for new ways to learn and get recognition for their learning. Micro-credentials are a new paradigm in competency-based “learning by doing.” They give teachers and students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate discrete skills and competencies that have value in the workplace and their lives. Micro-credentialing is an emerging method for both teachers and students to demonstrate learning in career and technical education (CTE) content and employability skills. Teachers are engaging with micro-credential platforms to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be able to prepare students for the workplace. Students are engaging with micro-credential platforms to learn and demonstrate competence in discrete CTE knowledge and employability skills that are crucial for current and future job opportunities. At this roundtable, learn more about how BloomBoard is working with districts, schools, teachers and employers to build and implement micro-credential programs, while also giving teachers the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in research-based instructional strategies that are essential for preparing all students to participate in today’s – and tomorrow’s – workforce. Discover how the American Institutes for Research is working with BloomBoard to begin to build micro-credential programs that have rigor and market worth, and offer flexible opportunities for students to demonstrate the key competencies associated with CTE content and employability skills. Join us to discuss how micro-credentials can empower teachers and students to personalize their learning and prove competence on the critical knowledge and abilities needed to enter and be successful in today’s workforce.

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Teaching and Assessing Transportable Skills
-Michelle Gough, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Assessment Officer, Project Lead The Way
While technical competencies are critical in high-demand career fields, equally important are transportable skills like critical and creative thinking or problem solving. This session will share research from the newly published report, “The Power of Transportable Skills: Assessing the Demand and Value of the Skills of Future,” conducted by Project Lead The Way and Burning Glass Technologies. Michelle Gough, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Assessment Officer at Project Lead The Way, will lead a discussion on the report’s findings, as well as innovative approaches to teaching and assessing student attainment of these critical skills.

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It’s Not Just a Competition: How Robotics and STEAM Programs Are Training Our Nation’s Workforce
-Dan Mantz, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
-Rosemary Mendel, BEST Robotics, Executive Director
Commonly seen as just another afterschool or enrichment program, robotics competitions have been quietly working behind the scenes of education and industry for decades to train and equip students for the landscape of modern and future work. Programs like these exist because there’s a void in our workforce-readiness pipeline. In this discussion, leaders from the REC Foundation and BEST Robotics will demonstrate the urgent need to reach, engage and activate millions more students in the pursuit of 21st-century skills and how collaboration among corporate, educational and civic leaders will be key in achieving that goal.

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How to Build Up the Talent of Today and Tomorrow

-Quincie Rivers, Vice President of Workforce Strategy & Employment Solutions, The Adecco Group
As the skills gap continues to widen, businesses across the country are feeling the effects of a tight labor market. How do we combat this? According to a 2019 study by the Adecco Group, a leading HR solutions partner, policymakers, businesses and educators must work together to form viable solutions that effectively build pipelines of career-ready workers. During this session, the Adecco Group will share new developments in upskilling and reskilling, the benefits of embracing work-based learning models and how to get the conversation started within your organization.

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Disruptive Trends in Technology and Engineering

-Mike Majoros, Director, Modis
What workforce barriers exist within the technology and engineering fields? Has competitive pay taken a back seat to opportunities for advancement and out-of-the-box benefits? How are employers responding? In today’s economy, the answers to these questions are key to attracting and retaining top talent. During this roundtable discussion, Modis – part of the Adecco Group and a world leader in comprehensive engineering and IT workforce solutions – will share insights and more from its recent survey on the attitudes and beliefs of decision-makers on trends impacting the current and future workplace.

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Future of STEM: Supporting Teaching and Mentorship to Create Access and Opportunities for Students

Each year, the United States is losing countless of its best and brightest young minds to STEM opportunity gaps. Despite decades of collective action to achieve STEM education equity, real impact has long eluded us while the need to ensure a diverse STEM talent pool has only intensified. One of the greatest challenges in STEM is building capacity for teachers and mentors to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

Drawing upon decades of experience increasing STEM equity for educators, students and underresourced communities, Regeneron and the Society for Science & the Public, who are jointly focused on elevating understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in society and cultivating the future of innovation, will convene leading minds from across sectors at this roundtable to discuss how to achieve STEM equity.

Join us for a discussion led by Caitlin Sullivan, Director of Outreach and Equity Programs at the Society, to explore how to shift the paradigm for in- and out-of-classroom practices to better equip educators and mentors throughout the STEM ecosystem with proper preparation, development and resources so they may effectively develop the next-generation STEM workforce.

We will discuss big drivers for successful cross-sector collaboration in increasing STEM equity in teaching and creating engaging STEM learning environments like improving access to training and resources, strengthening content-knowledge and understanding the real-world contexts and skills necessary for success.

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How Jobs in the Gig Economy are Helping Build Careers and Increase Labor Participation
-Adam Roseman, C0-Founder & CEO
Although unemployment is at a 50-year low and the U.S. economy is growing at a reasonable rate, why are roughly 20 percent of prime-aged people (those between 25 and 54) not in the workforce? Additionally, as baby boomers age and retire from careers, many are looking for ways to stay engaged with the labor market and continue earning income. How can new ways of finding work opportunities better support and reward all Americans across gender, age, education and race, and raise labor market participation to be on par with other advanced economies? Steady Founder Adam Roseman wants his organization to become the income optimization platform for job hunters. Easy-to-use, new smartphone-based technology platforms such as Steady will connect many who have been sitting on the sidelines during a tight labor market by accommodating a range of workers who want to maximize their income.

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Rural and Ready: Tapping Into the Potential of Rural Schools and Communities to Prepare Today’s Learners for STEM-Intensive Careers
-Pamela J. Buffington, Ph.D., Co-Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Programs, Education Development Center, Inc
Rural school districts in the United States serve over 8.9 million children, almost one third of this nation’s students. And while delivering high-quality science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science opportunities is essential for all students, the specific needs of rural students are often ignored in national conversations about STEM readiness. In this roundtable, Pamela Buffington, Co-Director of STEM programs at Education Development Center (EDC), will discuss efforts to enhance STEM learning and teaching in rural schools and communities. Buffington will draw upon her extensive experiences working in rural and remote settings to describe what educators and professional learning leaders can do to ensure students have relevant and rigorous STEM experiences that prepare them to thrive in a wide variety of STEM-intensive fields and future careers.

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