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NSBA Commission Addresses Skills Gap in New Report

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) released “A Report of the Commission to Close the Skills Gap,” a joint initiative with more than ten leading industry groups. The report was announced during NSBA’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to an audience of more than 5,000 school board members from across the country.

The report identifies six “LifeReady Skills,” such as critical thinking and decision-making, that will better prepare students to succeed in college, career and life and features recommendations to help school districts ensure that students have every opportunity to learn these important skills.

According to the Department of Labor, more than 7 million jobs remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers with the necessary skills. In response, NSBA convened the leadership of major business trade and membership organizations to advise school boards on ways to increase workforce readiness.

The Commission includes the following:

  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Center for Energy Workforce Development
  • CompTIA
  • Manufacturing Institute
  • National Restaurant Association
  • National Retail Federation
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

CEO and Executive Director Tom Gentzel spoke with Associations Now about the report. In a story published yesterday, Gentzel highlighted the unique opportunity for school boards and business groups to work together in addressing the skills gap.

NSBA also launched a new webpage for the LifeReady Students campaign as part of the online resource library. The page includes the Commission’s report as well as a video containing testimony from teachers and students closing the skills gap in their schools.

Read more about the Commission’s findings and recommendations in NSBA’s announcement of the report here.

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