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"To thrive in today’s workforce our youth must be equipped to champion their own career development. While knowledge and credentials will always be starting points for career readiness, intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies are increasingly central to rewarding, long-term career success. The Skills that Matter connects these competencies in meaningful and measurable ways across academic areas.
"This book does an excellent job of not only telling and showing what should be done to include these competencies in a high school curriculum, but also giving specific implementation steps that can be taken. So many books spout theory without providing adequate information for putting it into practice. This one does both very well, and even provides step-by-step planning."
"The message of The Skills That Matter is right on target with curriculum changes that must occur if we are to adequately prepare our students for the world that awaits them. Authors Pattie Noonan and Amy Gaumer Erickson not only make a compelling case for teaching intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive skills, but also provide teachers with the practical means to do so."
"The Skills that Matter assists schools in taking the components of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competencies from research to practice. By embedding these skills into the everyday fabric of a school, Amy Gaumer Erickson and Pattie Noonan help ensure that students will have multiple exposure to these competencies in a more natural learning environment than ever before. This book is very practitioner friendly."
"To paraphrase a time-honored idiom, the 21st century workplace is “not your father’s or mother’s workplace.” Those workplaces were rooted in assumptions of secure jobs in stable organizations, and career development consisted of a fixed sequence of stages: from career exploration and training to job entry to mid-career advancement to retirement. Today, there are no guarantees of secure jobs or stable organizations.
"During a statewide tour of Kansas communities, including business and industry, over 2,000 Kansans told us that the majority of skills that students need to be successful are in the areas of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. As a state agency, we felt that it was our obligation to give teachers the tools to instill these skills in our students. We did not have to look any further than the work of Amy and Pattie, with their research-based College and Career Competencies Framework.
"It's all there in the competency wheel - a comprehensive framework spanning the grade levels, which identifies and demonstrates the skills needed to develop healthy, successful individuals. Having implemented the framework within our program, we know first-hand the positive results it has produced. Authors Amy Gaumer Erickson and Pattie Noonan have brought together insight, organization, and measure to create a practical, systematic guide for educators, parents, and students."
"If you think that this generation of students is like the last, then think again. This book is timely for educators who are challenged with preparing all students for their post-secondary opportunities. Every student needs a healthy balance of strong academic knowledge and appropriate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Academics alone will not guarantee students’ success, but those who have the ability to employ quality interpersonal and intrapersonal skills will have a greater opportunity for success in education and the workforce.
"If students are going to flourish, they need to know how to think and act in ways that build healthy relationships. This important new book from Pattie Noonan and Amy Gaumer Erickson offers a roadmap for teachers to help students learn and practice the most important competencies for social success at school and in the world."