Automation and digital skills are on the rise throughout the country, and Ohio is no exception. At nine percent, the state has the nation’s second-highest percentage of industrial robots. This finding points to how Ohio’s economy might shift in the not-so-distant future and is one of the many statistics highlighted in three new Ohio region-specific strategy guides released by KnowledgeWorks.
The Shaping the Future of Readiness regional guides for Southeast, Southwest and Northeast Ohio are meant to provide K-12 and postsecondary education leaders, as well as employment and community stakeholders, with key statistics and considerations to rethink what their communities will need in order to thrive in a new employment landscape.
“To maintain or regain their vitality in this increasingly technology-driven climate, communities must think outside the box,” said Katie King, director of strategic foresight engagement at KnowledgeWorks. “These guides can help stakeholders in their respective regions consider how they might better prepare for the future of work.”
To surface the reflections and insights found in these guides, KnowledgeWorks, with support from the Martha Jennings Foundation, held three convenings across Ohio in the fall of 2017. Participants from Southeast, Southwest and Northeast Ohio grappled with what the changing nature of work would mean for their regions.
As highlighted in the KnowledgeWorks 2017 publication, The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out, as artificial intelligence and machine learning improve, automation will continue to impact the workforce. The time is ripe for communities to ask what knowledge, skills and dispositions will enable all young people to thrive no matter what future of work emerges.
The insights and action steps in these strategy guides are meant to spark ideas, conversation and identification of first steps toward new approaches that will help meet the needs of the next generation.
KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.
With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.
Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early college. www.knowledgeworks.org