Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness

a project of the Nebraska Department of Education in partnership with the Department of Labor, Future Force Nebraska, and Partnerships for Innovation

Pre-Summit Reading Materials

Prior to the Summit we asked participants to become familiar with the following materials. These materials set the context for some of the creative dialog and exploration during the Summit. Participants were asked to review these materials prior and come prepared to discuss the content at the Summit .

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. A 19 minute video from the TED (technology, education, and design) Conference.

Nebraska's P-16 Initiative
A statewide effort to improve student success and boost the economy.

MCC Employability Skills Survey Report
October 2003 – February 2004

Knowledge and Skill for the Early 21st Century
McREL report
Determining what the 21st century will demand of students is the focus of much current discussion. It will likely shape high school reform in the years to come.

21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness
A Resource and Policy Guide
In an economy driven by innovation and knowledge ... in marketplaces engaged in intense competition and constant renewal ... in a world of tremendous opportunities and risks ... in a society facing complex business, political, scientific, technological, health and environmental challenges ... and in diverse workplaces and communities that hinge on collaborative relationships and social networking ... the ingenuity, agility and skills of the American people are crucial to U.S. competitiveness.

Crafting a New Vision for High School: How States Can Join Academic and Technical Studies to Promote More Powerful Learning
Southern Regional Education Board. (2008).
This document emphasizes that Career/technical education should become a key strategy to help states to improve academic and technical achievement and reform high schools.

Challenge Based Learning
Traditional teaching and learning strategies are becoming increasingly ineffective with a generation of secondary students that have instant access to information, are accustomed to managing their own acquisition of knowledge, and embrace the roles of content producer and publisher.