#UTedChat Questions for 10/03 – Education and the Workforce #AmGrad

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Jenn Gibbs (@JennGibbs). Jenn is the project manager of UEN’s UtahFutures American Graduate Project. She will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an awesome topic of Education and the Workforce Skills Gap. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Jenn via Twitter (@JennGibbs) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 Gap: Utah has more job openings in certain skilled trades than people qualified for them. How might this impact your students and/or community?

Q2 College: With many grads from 4-year universities struggling to pay off student loans and find jobs with decent wages, what messages about university education should we be giving students?

Q3 Challenges: What challenges do teachers face in helping students choose classes that prepare them for future success?

Q4 Exposure: Students tend to focus on only careers they already know about. What can we as educators do to open students’ minds to a broader range of career options?

Q5 Advice: What advice would you give someone who needs help planning education-to-career pathways?

Q6 BONUS: What’s your favorite hands-on skill to practice? Extra points for photos. (Mine is baking with my favorite pastry chef of all time!)

Jenn Gibbs is the project manager of UEN’s UtahFutures American Graduate Project, part of American Graduate: Getting to Work, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

You can follow Jenn via Twitter at @JennGibbs.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet after the chat.


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Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.