Wallace Walrod, Chief Economist at Orange County (OC) Business Council has identified that automation and technological trends are transforming the future of work. The education system and educators in OC will have to adapt in order to prepare all students, including our underserved populations for tomorrow’s workplace, by focusing on educational careers in emerging sectors. Today’s educators in particular have a rare opportunity to introduce students to the innovative technologies that will both disrupt and define the labor market.
While new and developing technologies do have the potential to replace many current work activities, an overly negative “jobless or sky is falling” mentality will prevent parents, educators and students from taking advantage of the many opportunities created by new technologies. From custom 3-d printed hearing aids to data analysis, the current industrial revolution offers new jobs, new and improved solutions to longstanding problems.
According to Wallace Walrod, additional research will identify which current technological trends are transforming the future of work by identifying 3-5 emerging technologies that would impact all career sectors. Examples of these emerging technologies include: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, AV/VR, Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain.
- In collaboration with OCBC, we will research the impact automation will have on specific career sectors and share that with all educators, especially those serving our underserved population of students.
- Partner with our regional community college educators and guided pathway initiatives to ensure students are transitioning from career pathways in the K12 system to guided pathways in the community college system.
- Inspire educators about the future of teaching in OC classrooms and how automation becomes an opportunity through each career sector and subject area.
- Provide regional professional development for multiple subject, single subject and CTE Designated Subject credentialed teachers.
- Cultivate defensible skills for all students by ensuring all stakeholders; including school site administrators, counselors, school psychologists, speech therapists, parents and community groups have a clear understanding of automation and defensible skills that make them competitive in the workforce.
- Build awareness of the value of integrated courses and the implementation strategies and best/next practices teachers can use so that students realize the real world application of school and how they apply to individual programs of study.