Introducing: Talent Trio awards


Employers have been asking schools to meet employer needs for more than 100 years. However, the pace of change in the workforce is widening the gap between them. Designing with the end in mind does little good when teachers and employers hold different ends in mind! We wish to extend an open invitation for K-12 submissions that introduce us to stories of how learners, teachers, and technical experts are shifting learning. Submissions selected by the “Talent Trio” jury committee will be invited to make a short video to frame the challenge and purpose in Learning Sessions at the CLOSE IT SUMMIT led by Dr. Tim Kubik and Dayna Laur of ProjectARC. The answer is not another set of attributes, skills, and standards; it’s a collaboration among teachers, technical experts, and students to design learning that works for everyone!

Students, Teachers and Partners may apply now or explore application here.

Rolling applications open through August 15, 2019.


We welcome you to nominate a classroom innovation. We will contact the teacher, student or technical expert and encourage them to apply.


What Happens When You Apply

A team of representatives from Close It, Connexion Pointe, and Project ARC will review the submissions. We’ll choose four (4) of the submissions, three runners-up and one winner, by September, 15th, 2019! All four will have their stories shared at CLOSE IT 2019. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to CLOSE IT 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from October 15-16th, 2019, to share their winning story with a national audience across the innovators in tech, education, workforce, talent acquisition, and research.

Close It is the leading Employment Tech Summit in the nation. Now in its sixth year, it is a unique venue for engagement where thought partners and industry leaders gain insights and understand the forces impacting The Shift in competency-based learning and employment ecosystems. Traditional pathways and education are no longer connecting workers to jobs, nor employers to workers with the right skills. Close It explores the many challenges bringing about The Shift and the landscape of players involved in creating pathways to high-value employment.

Be sure to register and be at CLOSE IT 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Shift Awards and much more excellent content on the CRITICAL SHIFT: Work. Learn.Tech.

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