2017-2018 21st Century Workforce Alliance Program

The 21st Century Workforce Alliance program engages passionate educators, known as Project Leads, who lead the work of providing students in their schools with high quality out-of-school skill building experiences at employer worksites. With the support of an instructional Skills Coach, Project Leads and their employer partners will design and deliver learning experiences that will allow students to develop and practice a common set of 21st century skills. Students will be charged with utilizing these skills as they engage in a short term workplace experience called a Skills Practicum.

Rachel Kessous

Richard R Green High School of Teaching

At Richard R Green High School of Teaching, Rachel serves as a Mathematics Teacher and the Liberal Arts & Teaching Academy Director. Through her second role as an Academy Director, Rachel manages her school’s internship program geared at preparing students for careers in teaching. The internship program is one of the only high school programs in NYC that focuses on preparing the next generation of educators and getting students excited and prepared for careers in education.

21st Century Skills Building Initiative: Work Readiness

  • Richard R Green’s internship program allows students to learn about the teaching profession in a safe and supportive environment by interning in classrooms within the school during their junior year before going out to externship sites during the senior year of high school. Through these experiences they get hands on experience with careers in the teaching field
  • Students spend time reflecting on their work experience through guided discussion, writing and interactive activities
  • Many students who go through the internship program have gone on to pursue careers in education

Building Block Spotlight: Problem Solving >> Identifies alternative ideas/processes that are more effective than the ones previously used/suggested

Problem solving is one of the most essential skills for students to develop during their high school years. Not only is this skill invaluable as an employee, but it is a necessity in maintaining functional relations and navigating obstacles in life.

Emily Birden

School of the Future

At School of the Future, Emily serves as both an Environmental Science Teacher and Internship Coordinator for her school’s internship program. All 11th and 12th grade students at School of the Future complete interest-based internships for academic credit. Students receive classroom and worksite training to develop 21st century employability skills for college & career success.

21st Century Skills Building Initiative: Work Readiness

  • Personalized post secondary planning takes place in grades 10-12 in a weekly course on college & career planning
  • Students take learning outside of the classroom and into the workforce through the internship program
  • Students conduct independent research in each of the four disciplines (math, science, English, history) as part of the Exhibition process, a rigorous performance-based assessment completed in place of the Regents exam

Building Block Spotlight: Problem Solving >> Identifies alternative ideas/processes that are more effective than the ones previously used/suggested

When students have mastered this skill, they can clearly articulate the problem and its causes, creatively and effectively arrive at options for solving the problem, critically think about the pros and cons of each course of action, and pull the necessary information, resources and team members to implement the solution.

Edita Volovodovskaya & Andrew Marquez

YABC at John Adams High School

At YABC at John Adams High School, Edita serves as the Assistant Principal and Andrew Serves as an Assistant Director. Both Andrew and Edita oversee the internship and career readiness programming at their school. Through weekly internship group meetings and a career readiness class, students are able to work on developing themselves for the world of work.

21st Century Skills Building Initiative: Work Readiness

  • Shared themes between weekly internship group meetings and a career readiness academic class
  • An explicit focus to developing skills associated with demonstrating perseverance
  • Weekly intern meetings that focus on developing as a young professional
  • Students receive support on cultivating work readiness tools such as resumes & cover letters

Building Block Spotlight: Personal Mindset >> Needs minimal supervision to complete tasks

The skill of needing minimal supervision to complete tasks is one that we try to instill into every student. Students are responsible for filling out their timesheets and submitting them on time. To prepare these students for this process, we review the policies for timesheets, review how to fill them out, review pay periods and the significance of the accuracy of timesheets. Repetition and constant coaching have proved to be the best method for working on this process. The skill is important because it encourages the students to be more accountable and responsible for their work and tasks. While we are available to help and coach them, we help students understand that self-sufficiency is an important skill to possess.
- Edita Volovodovskaya & Andrew Marquez

Linda Key & Anthony Di Masso

Fordham High School for the Arts

At Fordham High School for the Arts, Linda serves as both a CTE Drama Teacher, an Arthur Miller Fellow and a Work Based Learning Coordinator. Anthony Di Masso serves as a  new CTE Music Production Teacher and a Work Based Learning Coordinator. For the 2017-2018 school year, Linda will be teaching an elective course to 25 students geared towards exposing students to the 21st century core employability skills in preparation for theater based internships. The Spring Skills Lab course will serve as a pilot before scaling school-wide in the 2018-2019 school year.

Partnerships include: Vital Theatre, The Drilling Company, Symphony Space, Roundabout Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Wonderworks Construction, SteelDeck and DSF.

21st Century Skills Building Initiative: Work Readiness

  • Students engage in interactive student-designed role plays to develop targeted skills
  • Scaffolded internship opportunities that allow for student growth and varied work experiences

Building Block Spotlight: Planning for Success >> Manages time to complete tasks on schedule.

“The students that are chosen for internship placement are high performing sophomores, juniors and seniors who must juggle many challenging core content classes (AP, Honors) as well college applications and extra curricular rehearsals and multiple additional commitments. It is imperative that they learn how to plan in advance so as not to be overwhelmed by conflicting deadlines. Anticipating possible issues and preparing assignments in advance is key to success in the workplace and in life.” - Linda Key

“As an active musician outside of teaching, I am extremely familiar with the speed competition, and expectations of a modern musician / producer. Proper planning allows me to consistently meet the needs that continue to bring work into my studio.” - Anthony Di Masso