GG4L’s Future-Proof Skills Impact Initiative Fosters a Purpose-Built Career-Ready STEAM Ecosystem for K-12 Schools
Alameda, CA, June 24, 2019 – Today, the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L), a Public Benefit Corporation, announced a new strategic impact initiative, called Future-Proof Skills, centered around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and business education along with career-ready skills mastery, validation and inventory for schools worldwide.
This is GG4L’s second strategic impact initiative to-date, building on top of its first foundational initiative, Safer Schools in America that was launched in partnership with McREL International in November 2018 as a $25M research grant program.
“We all want our children to succeed at life, learning, and career. Future-Proof Skills will help each school individually and uniquely bridge the gap between the knowledge and skills it currently teaches, with those that are identified locally and globally as needed for success, including those that are just emerging and those that we have not even dreamed of yet.” said Dr. Sandra Elliott, GG4L’s Chief Academic Officer. “We believe this requires a data-informed framework that connects the ecosystem of learners, educators, employers, social systems, and technology solutions, enabling individuals to find the best match for their knowledge, skills, and abilities and the needs of the workforce and society.”
GG4L’s Future-Proof Skills Impact initiative will focus on purposefully attracting a unique ecosystem of innovative EdTech vendors, content publishers, corporate sponsors, education foundations and research organizations, all focusing on STEAM and Business Skills, pathways to higher education and specialized careers, and solving the anticipated future shortage in various skill sets required by hundreds of career choices, many of which are yet to be identified.
Similar to the Safer Schools Impact initiative, Future-Proof Skills aims to create a validated framework for a continuous improvement process that could be adopted by any school. Future-Proof Skills will insure that schools are preparing a future workforce that is ready to tackle new and emerging opportunities in various new fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Robotics, and Cybersecurity.
GG4L’s core technology supporting this impact initiative is composed of an integration platform, called GG4L Connect, used by
thousands of schools across the world, and a data analytics and visualization tool called GG4L Compass, that is being tested in various US school districts and expected to be officially released and announced in a few weeks.
To support its Future-Proof Skills program activities, such as grants, contests, internships, and scholarships, GG4L is now soliciting corporate sponsors, research partners, and EdTech vendors to join its Future-Proof Skills ecosystem. Click here for more information and to apply for membership,