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Hazael Andrew | February 9, 2021

The Organization of Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) Future of Education and Skills 2030 shares that social and emotional skills, such as the ability to communicate are essential today as classrooms and workplaces become more ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse. Given today’s unique in-person and virtual learning environments, educators are exploring innovative approaches to meet the immediate needs of their students while also working to align teaching and learning with the future of work.

Rachelle Poth’s (2019) article, How Educators Can Prepare for the Future of Work, provides useful information about preparing students for an uncertain future and offers recommendations on how educators could best equip students with employability skills for the global workforce. Similarly, Guest Author’s (2019) piece on Preparing All Learners for an Uncertain Future of Work shares recommendations to both K-12 and postsecondary educators about how to help individuals develop the foundation necessary to navigate uncertainty. Both articles highlight the important role of educators in preparing students for the global workforce.

In thinking about the future of work, UNC World View is excited to host a Global is Local Business Summit that will provide insights on the future of work and the importance of skill sets such as intercultural communication. The virtual program will feature talks from UNC Kenan-Flagler professors, Dr. Arvind Malhotra and Dr. Sharon Cannon, as well as a panel discussion with students, educators and business.

As business and industry continue to value a global perspective, educators will be essential in preparing students for the future of work. We at UNC World View look forward to working closely with educators as they help students acquire global skills.