NGPF Podcast: Shawn Dilly (Jefferson County, WV) on preparing high schoolers for the workplace of the future
A big thanks to Shawn Dilly for joining me on the podcast to discuss his priorities as asst. superintendent of instructional support for Jefferson County (WV) schools. Shawn describes the important job that high schools have in developing the skills to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. He explains what skills he believes are most important and the instructional shifts required to bring these to fruition. Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:19 Introduction
- 1:19~2:17 Shawn’s role as Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Support
- 2:17~4:02 Passion for financial education
- 4:02~6:45 Strategies to influence state legislature
- 6:45~10:40 Reconsidering high school graduation requirements
- 10:40~13:34 Deficiencies of employability skills
- 13:34~17:04 Developing employability skills
- 17:04~17:29 A word from NGPF
- 17:29~23:35 Instrumental shifts necessary to teach important skills
- 23:35~25:21 Successful cases of changing instructional environments
- 25:21~27:56 Experimentation in the school district
- 27:56~30:46 Education with the future in mind
- 30:46~32:25 Conclusion
“Part of it is not about curriculum, part of it is about how we approach the curriculum and how the classroom instructional environment looks. This is more critical I think because a lot of the very traditional approaches to education do not promote the opportunities for kids to really engage in a much more real-world, critical experience where they can really evolve and develop central skills.”
NGPF has a lesson and multiple activities to help build these employability skills in your students. Check out the lesson here!
About the Authors
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.
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