At America Succeeds, we are on a mission. Over the past few years, we have zeroed in on a specific problem on the horizon: we send our children to school to prepare them for the real world, which is changing very fast, but our schools have not evolved at the same pace. To solve it, we aim to find the best thinkers and doers to develop real solutions and activate them.
Extreme innovations in technology are forcing radical shifts in the workforce and, consequently, drastic changes are needed in how we educate students. Technologists, futurists, and business leaders alike are referring to this fundamental shift as the next Industrial Revolution. We call it the Age of Agility, and we call for changes in education that match the forces of change in the workforce and economy.
Age of Agility Summit
Along with our partners, we are rallying stakeholders through organized local conversations to develop place-specific plans that ensure all students graduate high school with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to succeed in their subsequent step, whatever it may be—continuing education, entering the workforce, or both.
The nation’s education system faces a daunting task—equipping students to succeed in a fluid environment with ever-shifting workforce requirements and job skill demands. We discovered that agility is the answer—embedding the mindset and skill set of proactive adaptation. While we can’t predict the future, we can still prepare for it.
The Age of Agility means resilience, a comfortableness with change, and real curiosity to be a life-long learner.
The Age of Agility means a workforce that not only has the technical skills that industry needs, but also the 21st-century skills—such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and teamwork.
The Age of Agility means looking at challenges and opportunities as the same thing.
About America Succeeds
America Succeeds is a national network of non-partisan, business-led, policy and advocacy organizations that offer an informed and credible business voice for education in each state. Together, our network of affiliates are the nation’s leading force for mobilizing the business community to improve schools.
As employers and job-creators, we know what works for successful, socially-responsible businesses: customer-focus, accountability, transparency, competition, and return on investment. The same principles drive our work in building a brighter future for America’s children.
Learn more about America Succeeds and our network of affiliates at www.AmericaSucceeds.org.