Rapid technological innovation has caused shifts in workforce needs and required schools to rethink the best ways to prepare students for these changes. In conjunction with local advocates, America Succeeds is hosting a national Age of Agility tour focused on this issue and other insights from their 2017 Age of Agility report. Each Age of Agility Summit aims to bring business, education, and policy leaders together to identify challenges and look for solutions to improve the education-to-employment pipeline.
The tour kicked off in Phoenix, Arizona, in April with an event co-hosted by Network member A for Arizona, in addition to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Chamber Foundation. Other recent tour stops have included Network members Aligned (Kansas City) and NewMexicoKidsCan (Albuquerque).
Amanda Aragon, founding executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN, reflected on the value of the report and tour at this time: “It’s time for agility, and for reimagining business-as-usual by removing barriers between public education and community partners that could breathe new life into the way we are preparing our kids for the world ahead. They should not just thrive in that world—they should lead and shape it, with innovation, curiosity, and skill.”
According to Torree Pederson, Aligned’s President, “The summit was refreshing for business leaders in attendance to hear from education leaders about systemic change that is working in a few area districts. Shining a light on the success, rather than the failure, is key to engaging business leaders in a system/subject they are not familiar with.”
Each summit stop focuses on:
- Engaging businesses
- Crowdsourcing solutions
- Empowering local action
- Developing agile policies
The tour will continue throughout the fall and includes PIE Network members Arkansas Learns, Idaho Business for Education, Oklahoma Achieves, and TennesseeCAN. Learn more about the Age of Agility tour and report here.