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The Skills That Matter
Teaching Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies in Any Classroom



August 2017 | 224 pages | Corwin

Build skills for lifelong success

Many students leave high school without the skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. How can we better equip students for lifelong success? Research demonstrates that intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies impact student behavior and achievement, increase graduation rates, and promote strong post-school outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides middle and high school educators with the resources, tools, and practical examples to teach key intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, including self-regulation, goal-setting, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Readers will find

  • Competency-specific evidence-based instructional strategies with examples, and
  • Tools such as sample instructional plans, formative assessments, and student-friendly products.

This book provides teachers with the practical information they need to better develop socially and emotionally engaged, career-equipped, lifelong learners.

 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. College and Career Competency Framework
 
2. Self-Efficacy
 
3. Self-Regulation
 
4. Goal Setting
 
5. Assertiveness
 
6. Conflict Management
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix
 
Index

"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. The KSDE is partnering with Amy and Pattie to provide this valuable resource to all Kansas school districts so all of our students graduate with the skills necessary to be successful after high school graduation. Kansans told us “what” they wanted, and this book gives them the “how.”

Brad Neuenswander, Deputy Commissioner
Kansas State Department of Education, Division of Learning Services

"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. Career guidance professionals advise young people to expect to switch jobs frequently, maybe as often as every three to five years; that they will need, somehow, to be prepared for jobs that currently don’t yet exist; and that they need to make their own “life designs” rather than count on the company to provide a job for life. What are the skills young people will need to succeed in the 21st century workplace? Perseverance, initiative, self-regulation, goal setting, adaptability, teamwork, assertiveness, creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, time management…in essence, they will need the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills that Noonan and Gaumer Erickson so ably lay out in The Skills That Matter. This timely book lays out a roadmap for teachers to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace. The research-based student competencies and the implementation elements in the College and Career Competency Framework provide the “how” and the “what” for young people to achieve successful adult outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides a user-friendly, practical resource to enable educators to, in essence, enable young people to create rich, fulfilling lives."

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability
University of Kansas

"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."

Linda R. Wilkerson, MSEd, Kansas MTSS Director
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports

"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. Having worked alongside state-sponsored career and workforce development initiatives for over 45 years, intoCareers is excited to see many gaps addressed by these scalable and evidence-based instructional tools."

Curtis Fuhriman, Director and Brian Rowe, Partner Relations Executive, intoCareers
University of Oregon
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