For students to be successful, educators need to do more than prepare them academically. But Michael DeArmond argues that nurturing the “soft skills” that can prepare youth for lifelong learning places daunting demands on teacher development and will require new models that expand who works with students and differentiate teaching roles to a far greater degree.

“Even if we just focus on learning how to support self-directed learning and personalization,” writes DeArmond, “the new demands on teachers are daunting. Few people would have enough capacity to do it all. And so, to make the job more feasible, the teaching profession must find new ways of working as well.”

Explore other essays in this collection: Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education


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