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  • 4 Ways to Prepare Students for Their Future Career

    by LearnEd

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    A Looming Jobs Problem

    Only 11 percent of business leaders say graduating college students are "well prepared for success at work." That's according to a recent Gallup survey.

    Another survey of parents for NBC News, State of Parenting: A Snapshot of Today's Families, found a little over 40 percent of parents who say the education provided for children in their neighborhood "at the elementary, middle, and high school level is preparing them to enter the job market if they choose not to go to college."

    Future PotentialFinding Balance

    While Millennials and the generations to follow face a different job market than the one of their predecessors, there are steps parents and teachers can take to develop students' future potential.

    "At Pearson, we're helping people take meaningful, measurable steps in their lives through access to better learning," says Leah Jewell, the company's managing director of Workforce Readiness.

    This includes equipping learners with the 21st century skills they need—including critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills—to succeed in the global workforce of tomorrow.

    Prepared for a Career

    Two sets of skills will help students on this path to a career: technical skills and social skills. Technical skills include working knowledge of practical applications such as coding or robotics. Social skills, also known as soft skills described previously in LearnED, include traits such as adaptability, resilience, and optimism.

    Here are four major areas that parents and teachers can use to help students to be more career ready:



    You can find more resources for parents at ParentToolkit.com. Please visit our Facebook page to share tips and information on what’s most relevant to parents and families when it comes to kids and learning.

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  • 7 Ways to Help Kids Develop Creative Thinking

    by LearnEd

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    Fostering Creative Thinking

    "Creative thinking is a skill that is very important for success in college and career," says Emily Lai, Director at Pearson's Center for Product Design Research and Efficacy.

    Emily says creative thought is essential for cultivating a child's love of learning—and equipping them with the skills they need for success in life.

    Where High Achievers Falls Short

    In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant wrote about how child prodigies who excel early in education may not perform so well later in life. He says in doing everything that they're supposed to do—and doing it well—early achievers are not necessarily developing the creativity that comes with coloring outside the lines.

    7 tips for creative thinking

    "What holds them back," writes Adam, "is that they don't learn to be original."

    "They strive to earn the approval of their parents and the admiration of their teachers."

    7 Ways to Help Kids Develop Creative Thinking

    Emily Lai offers these strategies to parents and teachers to help encourage kids to use creative thinking strategies and adopt creative thinking attitudes:


     


    You can find more resources for parents at ParentToolkit.com. Please visit our Facebook page to share tips and information on what's most relevant to parents and families when it comes to kids and learning.

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  • 3 Ways to Prepare Your Child for the College Application Process

    by LearnEd

    Students at the start line

    The Graduating Class of 2025

    It's possible that students who are in third grade today will make up the largest-ever pool of U.S. college applicants when they graduate high school in 2025, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.

    Readiness Box

    Dr. Kimberly O'Malley, a senior researcher at Pearson, says it's important for students to start preparing for college or career success early.

    "Our research shows that learning lessons about things that go beyond academic achievement, like motivation or behavior, are key factors in a student's preparation for college," Kimberly says. "The good news," she says, "is that we can measure these factors as early as middle school, when there's time to intervene and help students get on track."

    Parents and College Readiness

    Parents play a fundamental role in their child’s education, especially as a partner with teachers and schools. Seventy-eight percent of parents acknowledge their role and say they sometimes unfairly blame schools for things that should be their responsibility, according to a 2015 national survey of parents conducted for NBC news.

    Here are three ways parents can develop their child's learning skills at any age:


     

    Seek out grade-appropriate tips for helping your child strengthen their learning abilities at every stage—in categories ranging from academic achievement, health and wellness, and social and emotional development. Parent Toolkit, produced by NBC News and supported by Pearson, provides benchmarks for students in these areas for each grade from pre-K through 12th grade.


     

    College Ready Box2

    Choose educational games to make learning fun. There are a number of options for parents to choose from in this area, including FunBrain, which offers more than 100 free educational games, online books, and comics suitable for kids in preschool and up to the 8th grade.


     

    College Ready Box 3

    Constantly seek opportunities to enhance your child’s learning. Parents can help their child set future goals, like, for example, college graduation. Discus the benefits of college and support their child’s passions by emphasizing on a regular basis how math, science, and social studies – or whatever subject interests them—can be a college major and/or a potential career track. Parents can take their child on college campus visits and for information sessions in order to bring a level of grounded reality to their goals and aspirations.

     

    You can find additional resources for parents at ParentToolkit.com. Please visit our Facebook page to share tips and information about what's most relevant to parents and caregivers when it comes to kids and learning.

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