Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow: Cultivating the Social and Emotional Skills Employers Demand
Nick Yoder, Matthew N. Atwell, Dana Godek, Linda Dusenbury, John M. Bridgeland, & Roger Weissberg; CASEL
The current labor market requires employees to have social and emotional skills more than any other recent trend in workforce demands, yet there is not clear alignment between the social and emotional skills developed in K-12 and workforce skills. This brief begins to define the relationship between social and emotional competencies and the skills today’s employers seek in the workplace for state and district policymakers, educators (e.g., classroom and CTE teachers), and the business community.
This work builds upon CASEL’s learning with states in the CASEL Collaborating States Initiative that are beginning to explore the relationship between SEL and workforce development.