webinar series

STELAR Webinar Series: Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Event date(s): Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Thursday, March 8, 2018

Four sessions beginning on Thursday, January 25 at 2 PM ET

Join STELAR for a four-part webinar series on our recent white paper: Building the Foundational Skills Needed for Success in Work at the Human-Technology Frontier available for download from Education Development Center's website.

Each webinar will explore the educational and social implications of living, learning and working in a future driven by technology. Read on to learn the focus of each session, then register for the entire series, or individual dates of interest. 

We hope that this paper will provoke both dialog and debate, and invite you to join the discussion!


Part 1: Future Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

January 25, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Link: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-future-work-human-technology-frontier

What does work look like at the Human-Technology Frontier? What will workers need to know and be able to do to succeed there?

Advances in technology, automation, and artificial intelligence predict fundamental changes that have the potential to impact “work” in all regions of the country, for people at all socioeconomic levels. Although the future of work is unclear, thought leaders around the world, including those at the U.S.. National Science Foundation (NSF), assert that the Internet of Things, robotics, and machine learning will be ubiquitous in tomorrow’s workplaces. In this new machine age, various technologies (sensors, communication, computation, and intelligence) will be embedded around, on, and in us; humans will shape technology and technology will shape human interaction; and technologies and humans will collaborate to discover and innovate in short, the Human-Technology Frontier. 

During this webinar STELAR's Joyce Malyn-Smith, Sarita Pillai and Caroline Parker will share descriptions of future work environments provided by interviewees from high tech industries currently working at that frontier, and describe the types of skills, knowledge and dispositions our students need to develop to set them on a pathway to success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier.


Part 2: The Psychology of Working

February 8, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Link: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-psychology-working

How does work contribute to our social and psychological well-being and the stability of our nation?

Join STELAR as we host Dr. David Blustein of Boston College, as he describes his new Psychology of Working Theory (PWT) and the future of work. Building off research from vocational psychology, multicultural psychology, intersectionality, and macro-levels analyses of work, PWT proposes that contextual factors are fundamental  to career attainment and, also, highlights the importance of K–12 education as a way of mitigating some of the contextual factors while also strengthening students’ career adaptability (capacity for exploration and planning) and sense of proactivity. By addressing these psychosocial factors through both STEM content and guided STEM career-development activities, ITEST helps youth develop the tools they will need to access and persist on the STEM career path of their choosing.


Part 3: Educational Implications of future work at the Human-Technology Frontier

February 22, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Link: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-educational-implications-work-human-technology-frontier

What Career Competencies should K-12 students develop to prepare for success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier?

The worker of the future will require a deep knowledge of science, technology, and engineering coupled with the technical skills and understanding of how computers, robots, and other machines work. This technological grounding, however, will not be enough to succeed. Optimal new workers will be curious, self-directed, and resilient. They will be lifelong learners willing to be disruptive and innovative, while also being cooperative and interpersonally competent. They will think outside the box; solve problems and risk failure; work in dynamic, cross-disciplinary teams; and lead those teams to consensus. All of their work will be characterized by insight, interpretation, diligence, persistence, and cooperation.

Join the STELAR’s Joyce Malyn-Smith and ITEST PIs as they discuss the STEM Career Competencies that students should develop in K-8 to set them on a pathway towards success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier.


Part 4: Policy Implications of future work at the Human-Technology Frontier

March 8, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Link: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-policy-implications-future-work-human-technology-frontier

How are NSF programs laying a foundation for success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier?

The rise of inequality in the labor market is highly challenging, with major consequences to both political and social trends in many societies around the globe. Education and training have long been viewed as important means of enhancing social mobility. The NSF’s commitment to increasing equity in access to the STEM workplace is a good example of efforts to broaden participation in undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing students for immediate transition into the STEM workforce. The ITEST program reflects a concerted effort by the NSF to develop new evidence-based pre-K–12 curricular and programmatic initiatives that optimally may enhance participation of girls and historically marginalized students (e.g.., youth of color and those from low-SES backgrounds) in the STEM educational pipeline.

Join STELAR PI Sarita Pillai and NSF Program Officers as we discuss existing programs that support success at the frontier, and examine key policy levers that can greatly contribute to the development of a robust future STEM workforce, help ensure the well-being  of that workforce, and support and sustain a strong innovation economy for our country.

Register for the Series


Supplementary Links:

Download the white paper from Education Development Center's website

Read an article introducing the paper by STELAR Senior Advisor Joyce Malyn-Smith