The Quest for Readiness: A thought leader conversation

Educators, philanthropists, nonprofits and business all agree: core academic subjects are not enough to increase high school graduation rates, and see young people succeed in life. What researchers call “non-cognitive” competencies are proving to determine long-term success; these skills include, but are not limited to, perseverance, problem solving and punctuality.

To address this issue Ready by 21 is hosting a call and Twitter chat on July 16 at 2 p.m. Panelists John Gomperts, president & CEO of the America's Promise Alliance; Karen Pittman, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment; and Sean Slade, director of whole child programs at Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), will discuss ideas and solutions for this educational deficit. During this reflective conversation, the following three questions will be addressed:

  • What does it mean to be "ready?" If it takes more than academic competence, what are the other competencies and how do we name, build and measure them?
  • What supports must communities provide to get young people ready? Who builds these competencies? Are schools responsible for the "academic" ones and the community responsible for the rest? 
  • What must national, state and local leaders do to create those supports?

Register here. To accommodate questions and comments there will be a simultaneous Twitter chat. Use the hashtag #readyyouth to join the conversation.