Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators

AIR American Institutes for Research

Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators is a professional learning module designed to build the capacity of adult educators to integrate employability skills in to curriculum, and instruction.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Personal Qualities, Interpersonal Skills, Applied Academic Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Resource Management, Information Use, Communication Skills, Systems Thinking, Technology Use (from the Employability Skills Framework)


  • Facilitator’s guide for leading the professional learning module
  • Sample agenda, handouts, and PowerPoint presentation slides to support facilitation and professional learning activities
  • Workbook designed for programs or district teams to align and cross reference existing standards (like college and career readiness standards) to the Employability Skills Framework

Integrating Employability Skills with Classroom Instruction To Support English Learners

  • Building on the Framework for All Educators, this workshop explains why these skills are specifically important for English learners and discusses how to differentiate instruction
  • Facilitator’s guide designed to implement a workshop focusing on English learners
  • Handouts and PowerPoint needed for facilitation

Key Takeaways

  • The workshop and approach build on the Employability Skills Framework, developed by RTI International and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The professional learning module is ideal for those who want to develop a customized approach to integrating employability skills into instruction. Facilitators can tailor the module’s information to specific audiences, districts, schools, and educators.\
  • The workbook activities guide programs to develop common understandings between administrators, advisors, and facilitators through integrating and cross reference to other standards and frameworks.
  • The module builds capacity for integrating employability skills into curriculum, classroom instruction, and work-based learning contexts.

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (housed at American Institutes for Research) partnered with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and RTI International External to develop this professional learning module for educators. This workshop approach was conceived to support regional comprehensive centers, state educational agency staff, and state regional centers in building their knowledge and capacity to integrate and prioritize employability skills at the state and local levels. The facilitator’s guide was updated September, 2019.

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