Teaching in a career readiness culture focuses on facilitating learning rather than on dispensing knowledge. A career readiness culture seeks to prepare students to solve problems they may have never encountered. Teaching roles shift from “giving lessons” to guiding and giving feedback. There are four key challenges that teachers often ask about in regard to enhancing career readiness in the classroom.

Life/Career Abilities – Student dispositions that include personal, work habits and other “soft skills” are critically important to career readiness. How is it possible to focus on these important Life/Career Abilities, while maintaining a focus on academic achievement?

Project-based Learning – There is growing excitement about the high learner engagement value of project-based learning which appears to be a very popular and effective strategy that contributes to career readiness. How can instruction include projects that still support standards yet also avoid consuming precious instructional time?

Interdisciplinary – There is a direct connection between expanding interdisciplinary instruction and enhancing career readiness. What are the opportunities for using different forms of interdisciplinary instruction to enhance teaching and learning?

Personalizing Learning – The effort to reach high standards of achievement is not to standardize instruction, but to personalize instruction and to provide multiple pathways for students to achieve lofty learning goals as well as career readiness. What are some effective ways to personalize instruction?