Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow

Cultivating the Social and Emotional Skills Employers Demand

June 1, 2020
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Summary

The U.S. labor market requires employees to have social and emotional skills more than any other recent trend, yet there is no clear alignment between the social and emotional skills developed in K-12 and workforce skills.

How can state and district policymakers, educators (classroom and CTE teachers), and the business community better align the social and emotional competencies students are learning in school with the skills today’s employers seek in the workplace? This report takes the necessary first step by defining those overlapping skills, as summarized in this table: Social and Emotional Skills Demanded by Employers This effort builds on our work with states in our Collaborating States Initiative that are beginning to explore the relationship between SEL and workforce development (notably Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin).

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