Build skills for lifelong success Many students leave high school without the skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. How can we better equip students for lifelong success? Research demonstrates that intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies impact student behavior and achievement, increase graduation rates, and promote strong post-school outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides middle and high school educators with the resources, tools, and practical examples to teach key intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, including self-regulation, goal-setting, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Readers will find • Competency-specific evidence-based instructional strategies with examples, and • Tools such as sample instructional plans, formative assessments, and student-friendly products. This book provides teachers with the practical information they need to better develop socially and emotionally engaged, career-equipped, lifelong learners.

College and Career Competency Framework

College and Career Competency Framework
Jane H. Soukup

Figure 1.1College and Career Competency Wheel

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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.


Across the country, education efforts are shifting from a narrow focus on accountability and testing to a broader focus of better preparing students to be college and career ready. The trend of high academic expectations and measurement to the exclusion of all other skills is being displaced by discussions of meaning and relevance in rigorous academics, allowing an opportunity for innovation and creativity in how and what we teach students.

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