Presentations for Education Offered by Edward E. Gordon

"The 2011 Jobs Crossroad: Meltdown or Resurgence?"

"More & Better: Preparing More Students for Better Careers & Professional Opportunities"

"The Future of Jobs & Careers"

"Rebuilding the Jobs Pipeline: Mobilizing Education-Business Partnerships for Change"

"Adult Workplace Skills & Literacy"

"Literacy: Are We Advancing or Retreating & What to Do about It"

Edward E. Gordon

Presented by an inspiring professional speaker, author, researcher, and knowledgeable education leader who...

  • Researches the future - His extensive professional research challenges educators to think about innovations for today and educational success for tomorrow's students and adult learners.
  • Delivers powerful messages that offer professional audiences a definite reality check, supported by ideas for more learners to reach higher educational attainments.

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  • "The 2011 Jobs Crossroad: Meltdown or Resurgence?"

    In the midst of widespread unemployment the U.S. and world economies still have a shortage of skilled talent. Increasingly complex technology continues to set a breakneck pace of change. In industrial nations the large-baby boomer cohort is aging and moving into retirement. Succeeding generations have decidedly different views on work-life culture and overall are less well-educated particularly in technical areas. Ed Gordon explores how educators have responded to this talent revolution by reinventing local educational institutions that include new career preparation systems for 21st-century technology-based economies. He offers research-based solutions that show how educators are now partnering with businesses, parents, and community-based organizations to better prepare more students for a diversity of career choices. (His book: Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline)

    "More & Better: Preparing More Students for Better Careers & Professional Opportunities"

    "What are we preparing our students to do as adults?" This is a major question confronting teachers, administrators, and school boards. Local education-to-employment systems are often out-of-sync with the rapidly changing career and professional demands of U.S. and regional economies. Ed Gordon shares with educators the latest information on the future of jobs over the next decade. He gives case studies from the United States and around the world on how schools are meeting this challenge. Educational institutions are forming business-education partnerships through regional talent innovation networks. This helps build broader alliances that can offer financial support, career information for students and parents, and revise curricula to better meet individual student aptitudes and interests. (His book: Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline)

    "The Future of Jobs & Careers: What Students & Parents Need to Know"

    "What do you want to do when you grow up?" This question is a perennial one for students and a major preoccupation of parents. The current education-to-employment system often fails to properly prepare students for good-paying occupations. How can the next generation be better prepared for emerging 21st-century career areas? Ed Gordon provides students and parents with information on what jobs and career areas will be in demand over the next decade and the educational preparation required for them.  He also explores how secondary and higher education can provide a wider variety of career programs geared to individual aptitudes and interests. (His book: Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline)

    "Rebuilding the Jobs Pipeline: Mobilizing Education-Business Partnerships for Change"

    Across the United States local communities and regions are establishing regional talent innovation networks to spearhead local economic growth and employment. In this program Ed Gordon will show how successful regional partnerships were organized and what they have in common. He will provide several model case studies and analyze how they can be adapted to meet local economic needs and the education community's aspirations. Gordon offers audiences an optimistic message based on years of research and international consulting experience. He shows how across the United States these "Gateways to the Future" are already helping educators better prepare more students to move from high school graduation to a variety of postsecondary career options that lead to better-paying jobs. (His book: Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline)

    "Adult Workplace Skills & Literacy: Best Practices for Better Outcomes"

    Many low-skill and semi-skilled jobs have vanished from the U.S. economy. More young adults need to develop higher-level literacy for careers in growth areas attunded to a 21st-century technology-based economy. Ed Gordon explores what we have learned over the past 20 years to better teach the skills now needed for better-paying jobs. He offers case studies from around the world on how to build regional business-education partnerships through regional talent innovation networks that can more effectively link adult workplace skill programs to career and occupational training. These skill centers can often link incumbent workers' skill and technical training to their current employment or prepare them for future career advancement. (His book: Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline)

    "Literacy: Are We Advancing or Retreating & What to Do about It"

    Never before have more Americans enjoyed the benefits of literacy. NAEP reading scores have shown little improvement since 1992 still indicating that about 66 percent of all American students are reading below grade level. The latest NAALS adult literacy survey shows that even among U.S. college graduates, advanced reading comprehension actually fell 19 percent between 1992 and 2003. Ed Gordon addresses why literacy levels are falling and what can be done by educators, parents, and community groups to reverse this decline. How can local communities raise personal literacy significantly in order to preserve democracy and keep the U.S. competitive in the global knowledge workplace? Much of the future of our republic may hinge on the answer!

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    Ed Gordon's Presentation Clients Include:

    Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada
    American Education Research Association (AERA)
    American Association of Adult and Continuing Education
    Association of Tutoring Professionals
    California Adult Education Administrators Association
    Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)
    Dawson College, Montreal, Canada
    Delaware Association of Adult & Continuing Education
    DePaul University
    Delaware Department of Labor
    DeVry Institute of Technology
    Education Industry Association
    Florida Reading Association
    Georgia Tech University
    History of Education Society
    Indiana Department of Education
    International Reading Association (IRA)
    International Society for Educational Biography
    Kansas Board of Regents
    Kaskaskia College
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
    League for Innovation in the Community College
    Lewis University
    Los Angeles Unified School District
    Loyola University Chicago
    Midwest History of Education Society
    National Council for Urban Literacy
    National Council for Workforce Education
    National Institute for Literacy
    National Tech Prep System Network (CORD)
    Nebraska Department of Education
    The Network
    New York University
    North Carolina Community College System
    North Carolina College Tech Prep
    North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
    Northern Illinois University
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Association for Adult & Continuing Education
    Palm Springs Air Museum
    Partnerships in Learning, Vancouver, Canada
    Penn State University
    Pennsylvania Association for Adult & Continuing Education
    Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation
    Practical Parenting Partnerships
    Robert Morris College
    State Directors of Adult Education & GED Administrators
    State of Kansas, Department of Education
    State of New York, Office of Workforce Preparation
    State of North Carolina, Department of Education
    State of South Carolina, Department of Education
    Sultan School District - Everett, Washington
    Triton College
    Tutor-Mentor Connection
    University of Akron, Ohio
    University of Arkansas
    University College of Cape Breton, Canada
    University of Maine
    University of Minnesota
    University of Oregon
    U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Secretary of Education
    U.S. Department of Labor
    World Future Society
    Workplace Learning Conference

    Here's what people say about his programs:

     "Your presentation was a testament to your professionalism and great gift as an orator."

    Greg Kenny, Program Coordinator
    Palm Springs Air Museum

    "Pragmatic, dynamic, exceptional!"

    Daniel E. Bassill, President
    Tutor-Mentor Connection

    "Ed Gordon is a visionary!

    Marlore D. Derby
    Delaware Association of Adult and Continuing Education

    "Great Speaker - great ideas!"
    "Very inspirational and thought provoking!"
    "Perhaps the best keynote address I've attended."

    Adult Learners Conference Attendees
    Penn State University


    "Everyone felt your warmth and sincere interest in adult education.

    Carol Grell
    Nebraska Department of Education


    Dr. Gordon

    "Thank you for offering such a motivating and interesting keynote address. You have the right formula for working with business and industry."

    Linda Ray Tracy, Specialist
    North Carolina Community College Systems

    "Your remarkable presentation provided hope and motivation. We enjoyed every second of the experience."

    Bob Zettler, Vice President
    North Central College, Ohio

    "Your opening presentation provided the energy and enthusiasm to enable attendees to begin the conference on a high note. We in Kansas feel fortunate that you are willing to give us your time and expertise."

    Carolyn Olson
    Associate Director for Technical Education
    Kansas Board of Regents

    "Your presentation was wonderful."

    Elizabeth Isler, Associate Vice President
    North Carolina Community College System

    "Your outstanding programs are exciting, informative, and extremely well received by our visitors."

    Sharon Maguire, President/Museum Director
    Palm Springs Air Museum

    Dr. Gordon

    "Your presentation was well prepared, well delivered, and stimulating. What else could we ask for?"

    Jean Varnum
    University of Maine

    "I have received many positive comments regarding your energetic and informative keynote, and your candid emphasis on literacy as the most important issue facing our nation today. "

    Patricia L. Rickard, Executive Director

    "The attendees were very impressed with your presentation....are still commenting about your excellent and enthusiastic presentation style."

    Jane A. Kerlagon
    St Louis, Missouri Public Schools

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