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Communication Skills | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

3 Best Communication Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 21st, 2020

Good communication skills are arguably the most important thing for anyone to have in today’s working world.

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21st Century Skills

What Are the 4 C's of 21st Century Skills?

By: Bri Stauffer
May 7th, 2020

As a middle or high school career readiness teacher, you likely need to teach 21st century skills as part of your curriculum.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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21st Century Skills

What Are 21st Century Skills?

By: Bri Stauffer
March 19th, 2020

21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.

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Career Readiness | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach 21st Century Skills in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 20th, 2020

21st Century skills are a popular topic among educators, especially in relation to middle school career readiness classes.

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Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills | Leadership

4 Best Leadership Lesson Plans for High School

By: Bri Stauffer
August 1st, 2019

When it comes to career readiness skills, most high school teachers focus on workplace skills like interviewing, professionalism, and customer service.

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Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Initiative to High School Students

By: Bri Stauffer
May 23rd, 2019

It’s never easy to teach students how to take initiative. How do you know which students are comfortable with initiative, and how do you help the ones who need it? On top of that, how do you know students have mastered initiative for the workplace? One teacher told us that employers list “initiative” as the biggest issue they face with new employees coming from work-based learning programs. So how can you motivate your students to take initiative in the classroom and the workplace?

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