Ignite Your Imagination! What’s the Future of Work?

By Esther Tricoche, Associate Partner on the Ed Tech team

Image for post
Image for post

It feels like everywhere you look there is a new headline or statistic about the future of work. We know today’s kindergarteners are the high school graduating class of 2030, but we don’t know what the economy will look like when they receive their diplomas. At NewSchools, we’re working to make sure all students graduate high school prepared to live the lives they want — no matter what the future holds. That’s why our latest ed tech challenge is designed to support entrepreneurs who are creating tools to help students prepare for the future of work.

Today, we’re excited to announce our NewSchools Ignite: Future of Work Challenge winners! Each of the eleven winners is focused on developing technology-enabled learning experiences, instructional content, learning diagnostics, administrative tools and other products to help middle and high school students develop skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the future economy. Together, this group of ed tech organizations has been awarded $1.5 million in funding:

  • CareerVillage.org allows students to get answers to any question about any career, and more, through the magic of crowdsourcing.

This ed tech funding challenge was informed by market research with educators and thought leaders, as well as direct conversations with high school students about their experiences transitioning from high school to college and careers. These students are closest to entering the workforce, and their insights about what they need will help us better prepare for the students who will come after them. For a more in-depth look at the results of this research, make sure you check out our report, Navigating a Future No One Can Predict: What Today’s Students Will Need Now for Tomorrow’s Jobs.

We’re excited to see how these companies continue to develop innovative ed tech products to support student success in the economies of tomorrow.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch

Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore

Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store