Envisioning and Ensuring District-Wide Career Readiness

How adaptive educational technology can support your students in accomplishing long-term goals

According to the brand new Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum, the first step you should take when adopting digital learning — even before you “take the leap” and decide on a program — is to “establish a common vision and understanding”. While that might sound like a relatively straightforward task, it’s actually an enormous responsibility with nearly limitless implications. You have hundreds — maybe thousands — of individual learners in your district. Each has their own learning style, passion, motivation, potential, and dreams. Not all of them have the same resources available to them outside of the classroom, and they don’t all have an identical notion of ‘success’. So how should your team even begin to establish a common “vision and understanding”? — One that is not only attainable, but valuable for every learner?

First, it’s important to identify the one common objective among each of your students. The good news is that it actually exists — even though your population of learners is an exceptionally heterogeneous group, each one of them will ultimately have to function intellectually, emotionally, and financially as independent adults. And while their paths toward reaching this goal — and the manifestation of the goal itself — will vary drastically, adult success and career readiness are at the finish line for every one of your students. It’s your job to help them get there.

This is where educational technology comes in. Personalized, relevant, adaptive learning programs are the tools your team of educators needs to reach every learner and maximize career readiness across your district. Good digital content is adaptive, self-paced, and interactive — it provides students with the content they need to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, all while responding to their personal learning styles. EdTech is also crucial to have in the classroom on the simple basis of its user experience. The careers of tomorrow are not necessarily the careers of today: technology is always changing, and its role in the workplace isn’t likely to ease up any time soon. Students need to be ready to interact with new platforms, respond to new challenges, and translate the tools they use in the classroom directly into the workforce.

When your district’s educational leaders sit down to “establish a common vision and understanding”, don’t get discouraged by the enormity of reaching such a large and diverse group of eager learners. Instead, find encouragement from the doors that EdTech opens: career readiness is at the tip of every student’s fingertips with the support of adaptive learning technology and passionate, dedicated teachers.

For more on the importance of career readiness and its relationship to the workplace of tomorrow, get inspired by Heath Morrison, McGraw-Hill Education Senior Vice President Government Affairs.

You can access the full Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum here:

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