Empowered Education

The Shifting Education Landscape

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As the world of education continues to change, educators and students alike must adapt to evolving expectations and benchmarks. Student success looks quite different today than it has in the past—even as recently as a few years ago.

Now more than ever, educators have the opportunity to shape well-rounded, highly skilled students who can meet the demands of an increasingly connected world. So what are some of the major shifts that will affect the future of education?

AI and automation

AI and automation

Artificial intelligence and automation are reshaping labor markets around the world. As machines become increasingly equipped to perform jobs typically done by humans, new types of jobs will continue to emerge, and they will require different skill sets than those dominating labor markets today. No field is immune.

Computer and data skills

Computer and data skills

Computer and data skills are the new literacy. In the future, every job will require baseline competency in these skills. But, on their own, they will not differentiate skilled workers.

Soft skills

Soft skills

Surprisingly, it’s not technical skills that will best equip students to thrive in this digital future, but actually those skills considered to be the most human. The blistering pace of technological change we are seeing means that specific technical skills and knowledge have a shelf life.

In an illuminating Pew Research Center report on The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training, technologist Tiffany Schlain remarks that “the skills needed to succeed in today’s world and the future are curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy. These skills, interestingly, are the skills specific to human beings that machines and robots cannot do.”3


Learning how to learn


Mastering the art of learning is the key to success in the future world we are building. This meta-skill surpasses any particular talent, skill set, or domain of knowledge in importance. Successful students learn how to learn.

Students don’t necessarily need specific knowledge or a checklist of skills. What they need first and foremost is the ability to learn flexibly, adaptably, and continuously. They need to become actively engaged in learning so they can develop the skills necessary to adapt and evolve on an ongoing basis.

The demands of the future—and even of the present—are redefining success for students today. As the picture of success changes, so too do the types of learning opportunities we need to create for our students.

of children entering primary school today will work in job types that don’t even exist yet.1

of subject knowledge acquired in the first year of a 4-year technical degree program is outdated by graduation.2

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