R.B.G. And The Future Of Higher Education

It’s been a week since we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A truly great American for her service on the Supreme Court, but equally for her groundbreaking advocacy in the decades prior, R.B.G. passed away on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Today she becomes the first woman and first Jew to lie in state in the Capitol. Now we embark on an epic battle that will redefine not one, but two national institutions charged with protecting our hard-won freedoms. In this new year, we are worse off in every way without R.B.G.

Diminutive in stature, no one was more fierce in defense of opportunity than Justice Ginsburg. Her majority decision in U.S. v. Virginia (1996) established that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause prohibited Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from excluding women; VMI utterly failed to provide the constitutionally required “exceedingly persuasive justification” for discriminating based on gender. In 2017, Justice Ginsburg visited

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US Chamber of Commerce Launches ‘Talent Finance’ to Invest in Future Workforce

Frustrated that training, to the tune of $80 billion, isn’t doing the job for both employers and employees, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is doing something about it.

On Sept. 21, the group announced a new program, Talent Finance, to figure out ways to invest in skills that will help employers fill open jobs.

“In the 21st-century economy, jobs—and the skills required to fill those jobs—change rapidly, but the preparation of students and workers is based on a different era and economy,” the group said. “We are launching this initiative to catalyze business-led solutions to close that skills gap.”

The group wants an up-to-date model to address the skills gap.

“Public and private sector financing innovations combined with access to better data and more robust employer leadership, set the stage for restructuring how we finance and manage the risks in talent development for all relevant stakeholders,” says Jason Tyszko,

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What Does The Future Of Learning And Development Look Like? > CEOWORLD magazine

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly altered our current world of work, but how many of these shifts will remain permanent after the health and economic challenges subside?

With considerable data pointing towards ongoing distributed work practices, alongside global economic uncertainty, Learning and Development professionals have a complex situation to adapt to.

As we look towards the future of Learning and Development, current disruption provides opportunities for growth and innovation that could have a long-lasting impact on organisational success.

From training delivery through to specific skill development, we’re on the verge of a complete transformation within L&D. Let’s explore what the future holds for this impactful industry.

Increased Virtual Program Delivery

With COVID-19 looking to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future, many organisations have come to accept that distributed teams and remote work are the new norm.

Throughout the great work-from-home experiment of 2020 it’s been made

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West Michigan schools report influx in enrollment, impacting future school funding

Some West Michigan school districts reported losing more than 200 students this school year, while other schools said they gained a couple hundred.

Kalamazoo Public School leaders said preliminary numbers show 12,600 students are enrolled for the fall 2020, down 248 students from the 2019-2020 school year.

“In a year with so much uncertainty, I’m pleased that so many families continue to put their trust in Kalamazoo Public Schools,” Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said. “We cannot wait to see our nearly 13,000 students again in person.”

All Kalamazoo students are learning virtually at least until Nov. 24.

Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang said the district has 8,644 students enrolled for fall 2020, a decrease of 269 students from 2019.

Portage students in kindergarten through fifth grade are learning in-person, with the option of learning virtually. Students in sixth grade and up are learning online, but face-to-face support is available.


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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA head questions connection of climate change to natural disasters | Pebble Mine executives eye future expansion in recorded conversations

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At the EPA: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday that there is “scientific debate” on whether hurricanes and other natural disasters are exacerbated by climate change.

In an interview with Cheddar, Wheeler said he believes in climate change, but hesitated when asked if it was connected to extreme weather events.

“You have

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Grid-Scale Energy Storage Solutions of the Future

Everyone’s familiar with the need for renewable energy sources as a replacement for the fossil fuels that are still in heavy circulation. But energy production is about more than just producing the energy you need right now.

Alongside fresh sources of energy production, innovative approaches to energy storage are also required — to keep generating energy even when it’s nighttime (and the solar panels are therefore not working) or it’s not blowing a gale (and therefore powering the wind turbines). The most well-known energy storage system is, of course, a battery.

Nonetheless, there are some other fascinating solutions that are being explored and, in some cases, widely used around the world. Here are five of the most innovative. You’ll almost certainly be hearing a lot more about them in the months, years, and decades to come.

Harvesting the power of gravity

The idea of storing energy through gravity sounds, well,

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Digital Skills Are Critically Important to the Future Success of Tradespeople

Conference Board of Canada releases study on digitization of the skilled trades  

OTTAWA, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Conference Board of Canada, in partnership with the Future Skills Centre (FSC), has released a new impact paper on ways to advance digital skills among Canada’s apprentices and journeypersons.

“Bridging Generational Divides: Advancing Digital Skills in Canada’s Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades Ecosystem” explores the critical skill requirements of tradespeople as they adapt to the future of work.

Currently, generational differences between younger and older workers, such as communication preferences, are hampering the adoption of digital skills. Challenges related to time, cost, geography, outdated training curricula and technology, and limited Internet access are also proving to be barriers to digital skills development among Canada’s tradespeople.

“Tradespeople young and old need to learn seven core digital skills in order to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing work environment,” says Andrew Bieler,

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Panel: New Mexico’s Outdoor Future Tied to Access, Education | New Mexico News

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The key to boosting the economics of outdoor recreation in New Mexico will require educational initiatives for school children as well as improved access and a new workforce, state officials said.

State Forester Laura McCarthy, Outdoor Recreation Division Director Axie Navas and others touted the state’s potential for growing its outdoor industry during an online panel discussion Thursday. They said efforts are underway to develop what they called a cradle-to-career outdoor education plan.

McCarthy said in developing her agency’s plan for the next decade, she realized that for every strategy that was proposed, more workers were going to be needed. She said the hope is that officials can connect residents not just with outdoor experiences they might pursue with their friends and family but with careers.

“Because the need for restoration of the places that we recreate in is so

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Malcolm Cannon: Skills development and transformation hold key to future success

THIS week the IoD (Institute of Directors) celebrated our annual Director of the Year Awards, recognising the Scottish leaders who are rising to the daily challenges of running a business during very difficult circumstances.

The evening highlighted just how important the business community is in Scotland, and how vast our pool of talent is. Scottish businesses are at the heart of our economy, and so it was reassuring to hear the First Minister package up a range of plans to provide ongoing support to businesses last week and make a forceful commitment to their delivery.

Though several initiatives were announced to support a variety of sectors, two key themes cut through for me: skills development and transformation. Both pick up on recommendations laid down in Benny Higgins’ report from the Action Group for Economic Recovery.

The commitment shown to youth employment is especially encouraging. We know there is a lot

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Future Skills, Resilience, Diversity & Inclusion to Enable Organizations to Growth at 2020 India Edition of Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky(R)

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Future skills, resilience, diversity & inclusion would take centre stage at the upcoming 2020 India Edition of House of Rose Professional’s Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women, to be held virtually on Sept 16, 2020.

In keeping with the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) times, the summit will focus on best practices for leadership, diversity & inclusion and success that will help organizations and their leadership to steer their businesses through these challenging times and back to growth. The summit will be led by a field of top speakers including Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd; Sam Balsara, Chairman, Madison world;  Dr Lisa Coleman, SVP – Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, New York University; Kaushik Mitra, VP and CFO, PepsiCo India, Richa Arora,

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