Kingston, TN - March 19, 2013 – While a high school diploma was once sufficient to secure a stable job with benefits, almost two-thirds of new jobs in the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy now require some postsecondary education and/or training. Furthermore, workplace readiness demands a higher level of knowledge and skills than ever before. To effectively prepare its students for life after high school by teaching them the skills and knowledge that are essential to college and workforce readiness, Irving Independent School District (ISD) in Texas will implement WIN Learning’sPersonalized Career Readiness System.
A national leader in career readiness initiatives since 1996 with more than 10 million learners worldwide, WIN Learning’s web-based, career-driven education model is comprised of a series of standards-aligned contextual learning modules that help students understand and prepare for the realties of college and the workplace through personalized project-based learning and career exploration.
“Our goal is simple – every student should graduate from our high schools ready for college or a career. That means mastery of applied academics as well as necessary ‘success skills’ such as critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork,” said Melody Paschall, associate superintendent of academic services, Irving ISD. “Yet there are not very many resources that can bridge the gap in showing students the relevance and the connection between what’s happening in the classroom and their futures. We believe the WIN Learning system to be one of the most powerful resources available that can accelerate the preparation that will give our middle and high school students a strong path to follow to career and college readiness.”
The research-based Career-Driven Education model is a best-in-class career and college readiness solution, which offers a three-pronged approach to prepare students for today’s global economic opportunities and challenges. With the data-rich career exploration system WIN Strategic Compass®, students can analyze current and projected labor market data to reveal career pathways. The program’s Initial Skills Review™ measures individual career readiness and skill development gaps, which leads to the WIN Career Readiness® Courseware, offering direct, contextual instruction through applied academics for workplace skill mastery.
The system also includes the recently launched WIN Soft Skills Series®, a first-of-its-kind program which builds skills mastery around the behavioral, attitudinal, social, and readiness skills employers and post-secondary programs demand. As the only web-based soft skills curriculum on the market today, WIN Soft Skills will provide Irving ISD educators with an exclusive curricular framework to teach their middle and high school students highly sought after foundational behaviors such as conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically and solving problems. All attitudinal skills addressed in the courseware are revealed within the context of the workplace, to provide relevancy to the learning experience.
Irving ISD will begin their implementation by having 8th grade students complete the Initial Skills Review during the 2012-2013 school year. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, rising ninth and tenth grade students will use the Career Readiness and Soft Skills direct instruction courseware to advance basic workplace and college readiness skills.
“Irving ISD possesses a long-standing tradition for innovative curriculum and excellence in public education,” said Joseph Goins, executive vice president, WIN Learning. “We are committed to helping the district equip their students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the 21st century and provide their teachers with a state-of the-art solution to enhance classroom learning.”
About WIN Learning
Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go to www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.
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 Source: C. Sturgis and S. Patrick, “When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning” November, 2010