The world is changing at a rapid pace, and both the workplace and its demands are being transformed in the process. We have all heard that schools need to prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. But the truth is that the future of work has already arrived in many fast-growing sectors. Even in today’s still-vibrant economy, that means many students may be graduating high school and even college – already in need of “re-skilling.”
The reality is that most students graduating from high school are not career-ready for today’s workforce. They haven’t learned the knowledge and skills or earned a credential needed for entry to a middle- or higher-wage occupation. They’re not college ready, either. Far too many students must still enroll in remedial math and English classes to succeed in college and earn their degree. These gaps in readiness are only more pronounced when it comes to historically underserved students.
Yes, states have made notable progress in transforming education for the 21st century and beyond. But such progress is too often confined to specific programs and discrete initiatives. At the systemic level, the pace of change is still excruciatingly slow. Policymakers will need to push harder (and faster) for bold solutions that ensure students are prepared not only for college and career – but a lifetime of continued learning and economic mobility.
Bold solutions and state education policies have their roots in ExcelinEd’s National Summit, which brings together top leaders and innovative thinkers in the field. More than 1,000 education leaders and policymakers will gather in San Diego for #EIE19 to continue—and accelerate—the discussion on how to build a brighter future for our nation’s students.
And at #EIE19 in just a couple weeks, you will hear from an all-star lineup of leaders about their vision and recommendations for what education’s future must look like—and what it will take to get us there.
The panel includes Rahm Emanuel; Allan Golston, President, United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Tennessee Governor Bill Lee; Dr. Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy and External Relations for The College Board; and Jonathan Schnur, CEO of America Achieves.
As Governor Bush often says, “Success is never final; reform is never finished.” There is still much more work to be done if we are to continually raise the bar to achieve a world-class education system—and deliver a quality education to each and every child.
I hope you will join us in San Diego for #EIE19 to hear from these inspiring speakers.
ExcelinEd’s National Director of Policy
About the author
As Innovation Policy Managing Director, Quentin oversees Personalized Learning, College and Career Pathways and Course Access policies at ExcelinEd. Previously, Quentin served as executive director of the college, career, and military preparation at the Texas Education Agency. He also held leadership positions with Amplify Education, an education consulting and technology firm, TNTP, and The Learning Institute. Quentin began his career as a high school English teacher. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Memphis.