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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

The 3 Best Resources to Teach Communication Skills in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 12th, 2018

We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills. Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.

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Career Readiness | Customer Service Lesson Plans | Soft Skills

How to Teach Customer Service in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
March 15th, 2018

Good customer service skills are crucial to success in any career path. Unfortunately, teaching customer service in high school isn’t easy, especially when you want to engage your students! These five points will show you the best ways to teach customer service skills to high school students.

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Career Readiness

The 3 Best Places to Find Teamwork Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
March 1st, 2018

With the growing focus on teaching soft skills in middle school, you’ve probably spent a lot of time searching for lessons and activity ideas. Finding those lessons to teach middle school students about teamwork isn’t easy.

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Career Readiness | High School

5 Steps for Teaching Professionalism in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
January 18th, 2018

High school teachers need to do more and more work to teach soft skills to their students Professionalism is an essential soft skill in today’s workplace, regardless of someone’s age. The best way for someone to act professionally is to learn it early — like in high school!

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Career Readiness | Digital Curriculum | AVID

5 Ways AVID & Digital Curriculum Work for College & Career Readiness

By: Chris Zook
January 11th, 2018

Over the past 37 years, Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) has become one of the most distinguished career preparation organizations in the United States.

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Career and College Readiness | Career Readiness | Employability Skills | Life Skills | Elective Courses

7 Best Resources to Teach Workplace Readiness Skills

By: Bri Stauffer
October 26th, 2017

Every year we hear the same challenge from hundreds of middle and high school teachers. States now have standards for workplace readiness education. But even though more schools offer workplace readiness courses than ever before, it’s hard to find resources. You need lesson plans, projects, and other resources to teach workplace readiness skills! In this article, we’ll cover the 7 best places to find workplace skills lesson plans you can use for students in middle school and high school.

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