Skills in Demand

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Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: 1 hour
School district and state level education leaders are charged with developing and administering educational curricula to best prepare our children and students for their future. Yet there can be tension between a curriculum that develops a “well-rounded” student and a curriculum that helps create a student who is “job or career ready.”By analyzing millions of actual job postings and hiring requisitions, research by IDC found that skills and competencies that support a well-developed, civically competent student are the same skills that will be widely in demand by employers in 2020 and beyond. And those same skills will be essential for positions expected to have the most rapid growth and highest wages between now and 2020.

This webinar will:

  • Identify the 20 most common skills required across nearly 15 million job postings
  • Illustrate the importance of those skills to high growth, high paying positions that represent nearly 30% of the job growth between 2010 and 2020
  • Describe those essential skills in the context of curriculum reform and show how they are consistent with most common educational improvement initiatives today
  • Provide examples of how those essential skills can be taught and reinforced in most classroom environments using readily available technology tools



  • Cushing Anderson, IDC, Program Vice President, Project Based Services – Consulting, HR and Learning
  • Edwin Guarin Edwin.Guarin@microsoft.com; @edvangelist; Education Solution Specialist, US Education, Microsoft Corporation

Webinar Speakers

Cushing Anderson:
AndersonIGCCushing Anderson is program vice president for IDC’s Project-Based Services research. In this role, Mr. Anderson is responsible for managing the research agenda, field research, and custom research projects for IDC’s Business Consulting, Human Resources and Learning research programs.Mr. Anderson has been actively investigating the link between strategic business planning and training in the extended enterprise. He has also extensively researched the value of partner certification programs to software companies, and the key motivations to engaging business consulting firms.Mr. Anderson speaks on a variety of topics including business consulting drivers, talent and the impact of certification on organizational performance. He was selected by IDC clients as the “Analyst of the Year” in 2008 and was named as one of the “Top 20 people to watch in corporate training, 2003” by Lifelong Learning Market Report. He is on the editorial advisory board and writes a regular column for the industry magazine CLO – Chief Learning Officer and has been on the steering committee for the Technology Learning Group for the industry association CompTIA. Mr. Anderson also co-authored IDC’s bestselling bulletin in 2000 predicting the rise and challenges facing the corporate elearning market.Before rejoining the Worldwide Services research team, Mr. Anderson was a research director in IDC’s Software Business Strategies group, and was responsible for managing the Partnering, Alliances and Licensing research services and IDC’s Software Alliance Executive Council. Mr. Anderson worked with clients to identify key business challenges and opportunities and to uncover the impact of alliance relationships to improve a company’s go-to-market success.Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Anderson worked as a consultant for the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT, Corp.). Mr. Anderson was responsible for evaluating and developing strategic curriculum and technology plans, as well as professional development and personnel evaluation programs for public school districts nationwide. Mr. Anderson also worked as a technology and management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand LLP, providing technology analysis, planning and benchmarking services to businesses in a variety of industries. Mr. Anderson was also a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy where he coordinated ocean-going transportation during the first Gulf War.

Mr. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in Government from Connecticut College and earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College’s Graduate School of Education.

Edwin Guarin:
Edwin-GuarinEdwin Guarin is a Business Productivity Solution Specialist for Education in the Northeast. Edwin is a sought out keynote speaker at many education focused conferences across the country, including those for Cengage, Pearson Education, CBEA and MBEA on topics such as Windows 8 development, Office 365 and the Future of Productivity.Prior to this role, Edwin was an Academic Developer Evangelist, focusing on building relationships and winning the hearts and minds of students and faculty for Higher Education in New England. Edwin was formerly a Rapid Response Engineer Regional Team Lead, responsible for solving huge technology and server down issues at Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies.Edwin recently won the Boston Private Industry Council Achiever Award presented by the Boston Mayor for inspiring Boston Public School students by providing access to cutting edge technology resources and opportunities that positively advance their academic and career aspirations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a French Language and Literature minor from Boston University and is currently a faculty member at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.
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