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Summer Institute 2019 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Session: The Future of Work Depends on the Future of Learning

The Future of Work Depends on the Future of Learning

Video Future of Work, included on keynote's presentation.

Barbara Endel, Ph.D., Senior Director, JFF,

Barbara-Endel-websiteSummer Institute keynote speaker Barbara Endel has more than 25 years' experience working on the advancement of economic mobility for adults. She has managed numerous systems change initiatives focused on adult education and career pathways, including Accelerating Opportunity, a multimillion-dollar multistate project focused on policy, programmatic, and instructional redesign to advance learners successfully from Adult Basic Education into and through technical career pathways in high-demand fields. Through participation, 80 community colleges in seven states built out career pathway systems connecting ABE and technical education. The results were promising with more than 10,000 adult students earning more than 12,000 postsecondary credentials.

In her keynote, Dr. Endel discusses the future of work and its relationship to the future of learning. Automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, learn, and assess skills. People with the least education, skills, and access to training will feel the impact of these changes disproportionately. All of this has vast implications for the future of assessment, the future of learning, and our roles across the various fields we each represent.

Dr. Endel will offer a workshop following her keynote session. Participants will post their key questions and challenges around the room regarding what it means to be “future ready.” The workshop highlights emerging models that programs, states, and organizations are taking to address the future of work and learning.

Barbara Endel brings extensive workforce development technical knowledge to the Institute. She is a noted national and international speaker on CTE career pathways, the future of work and learning, and integrated education and training models. Dr. Endel has a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster in Ohio.

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