Skills & Competencies are the New Currency
Our world is rapidly changing, and will continue to change at an exponential pace. The ways we work, communicate, collaborate — and the challenges of our world — are shifting as we speak, and will shift deeply in the next 20 years and beyond. In the last 10 years especially, we have begun to see a global shift in education and industry in skills development over one’s lifespan. In our modern, complex world where knowledge is at a click of a button, it’s not what you know but what you can do. So goes the often-cited phrase, “Skills and competencies are the new currency.”
These broader skills and competencies have now made their way into K-12 education as well, and many modern pedagogies offer an integration of traditional content knowledge as the vehicle or context for developing these broader skills. Foundational skills and literacies serve as the bedrock upon which learners can then engage in the world and begin to cultivate more complex, adaptive skills and competencies such as problem-solving, creativity, meta-cognition, and more.
As such these broader skills and competencies are also at the center of the OECD’s Learning 2030 framework — launched in 2018 after years of research and analysis on what modern learners need today, and how best to organize that in a learning environment.
A skills and competency strategy and curriculum framework is critical for all learning environments today. We have more than a decade’s worth of research organized into key skills & competencies frameworks, and then work with your school or education system to design their structure and integration in a way that works with your existing curriculum structures and goals. This work includes:
Interested in building a skills and competencies curriculum for your school? Contact us or schedule a free intro and strategy session to discuss further, or register for the new course we are offering school teams this Autumn 2022!