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Employability Skills | Life Skills | Soft Skills | 21st Century Skills | Career Skills

Life Skills vs. Soft Skills vs. Career Skills vs. Employability Skills — What Are the Differences?

By: Chris Zook
June 14th, 2018

Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.

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Career Readiness | Employability Skills | Teaching Strategies

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! The seven best resources to teach workplace readiness skills are: United States Department of Labor Teachers Pay Teachers WeAreTeachers California Career Resource Network Customer Service Blog Post from AES CareerOneStop Workplace Readiness Curriculum from AES   In this article, we’ll cover these resources to help you decide which ones to use for teaching workplace readiness to your students.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Career Readiness | Employability Skills

Employability Lesson Plans That Make Your Students Shine

By: Sarah Layton
February 25th, 2015

We get a host of questions centered on "How can I make employability lesson plans engaging and age appropriate for middle and high school students?"

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