A key component of a healthy economy is ensuring that education
and labor provide for equity and economic mobility. States must
have clear goals and scalable strategies to further economic
mobility in an economy that will require new and different skills
and backgrounds. These strategies should start in the early years
and carry through employment. This session will explore how
states can promote workforce equity for low-and middle-income
families, first-generation postsecondary students, students of
color and students from rural areas.
States need to provide more young people with an education that
connects the classroom with the workplace and prepares them for
success in postsecondary education and in-demand careers. This
session will focus on building bridges from secondary schools to
postsecondary institutions and the workplace by creating
rigorous, relevant career pathways driven by labor market demand.
Topics will include strategic partnerships, career and college
counseling, credentials of value and adult education.
As policymakers and education leaders address technology changes
in the workforce, among their first challenges will be finding
fully prepared teachers to help all students reach their academic
and career goals. This session examines the struggle states
report in balancing adequate numbers of teachers to fill
classrooms with the need for high-quality teachers to ensure that
students learn at high levels.
SREB’s report Unprepared and Unaware described a
potential multi-generational crisis on a 10-year horizon. State
policymakers need to consider actions now to prevent mass
unemployment by 2030. The solution to this crisis will require a
balanced approach to meet the needs of the workforce today and
the future and the challenge of both K-12 and adult education.