Now, more than ever, strong essential skills are required to engage in an ever changing workplace. Employers are looking for resourceful and dependable people who can communicate, collaborate, think creatively and critically, and act with emotional intelligence. When our students enter the workforce having developed these skills, they will have many more opportunities in high wage, high growth jobs.
Through a partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the top essential skills appearing in local job postings were identified, and the following tools were developed to support educators in developing these skills through their courses.
While we see many of these skills developed in the classroom, appearing in the disciplinary practices or being implemented in social and emotional learning programs, we encourage you to use tools like the ones below to model, evaluate and set goals around these skills.
Essential Skills Rubrics
Each of these one point rubrics can be used to build an understanding of the skill, and lead to self evaluation or mentorship evaluation that can be used to promote growth.
Essential Skills Posters
These posters are available in multiple formats and are a great resource to keep on the walls of your classroom or counseling center.
Find ideas for implementation and alignment to the Standards for Career Ready Practice, CCSS and NGSS standards.
Use the student reflection tool to give students an opportunity to evaluate their skills, growth and goals associated with a project, product or portfolio piece.
Engage your elementary students in understanding essential skills though these videos developed in collaboration between Chula Vista Elementary District and the San Diego Workforce Partnership!
Join our teacher training to learn more about how to incorporate these skills into your classroom.
This course is a train-the-trainer model which builds the capacity of district and site educators to develop essential skills in students. Using an asynchronous format, you can complete it at your own pace on your own schedule. We also provide you all of the resources referred to in the training, including slides, activities, worksheets, supplemental videos, and more. Sign up now! Its free.
Know what essential skills are and why they're important to employers and student career readiness.
Be able to implement a variety of activities and strategies with your students to help them develop essential skills.
Have access to SDCOE's Essential Skills Training materials and resources to use with your students.