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Revaluing the Currency of “Power” Skills in K-12

What were formerly known as “soft skills” are back, and they’re anything but soft. Rather, they’re the skills that power entire careers.

A recent analysis by us here at America Succeeds and Emsi showed that 7 of the top 10 most requested skills in job postings are what we’ve termed “Durable Skills.” As automation increases its reach, these skills are the currency of the future workforce. So how do we bring those front and center in K-12 to prepare all students for success? 

Jamie Candee (Edmentum), Luke Jankovic (Emsi Burning Glass), Courtney Reilly (ASU+GSV Summit/Skillsline), Sarah Young (Utah State Board of Education), and Stephanie Short (America Succeeds) discuss Revaluing the Currency of “Power” Skills in K-12 at the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit.

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