Ready for Their Future
by Thad Falkner, Head of School
Last month, I read an interesting article from the Washington Post, “The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students” by Valerie Strauss. It explains that in hiring, Google had been placing the largest emphasis on technical skills, such as programming. The company certainly has seen incredible success; however, in two important studies, Google found their most effective employees were strong in the following skills - being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others’ different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and making connections across complex ideas. All of this aligns with why Wilson School cultivates 21st Century Skills in students and uses educational approaches that apply these skills, such as collaborative work and integrated learning.
There are many reasons Wilson succeeds in helping students acquire, develop, and refine these 21st Century Skills (also called “soft skills”). Our success in this area can be attributed to three main aspects of our school culture.
At Wilson, we take success seriously and believe that everyday is an opportunity. Over time, these successes stack-up and result in graduates who are ready for their future.
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