Keys2Work: Smart Futures’ First Program and Still Growing
When we created Keys2Work in 1999, I had no idea it would first spread through Pennsylvania as a resource to document student skill gains for special education teachers. Looking back, it all makes sense. The WorkKeys skill
levels, the ability to target and remediate gaps, and the benchmarking againstcareer goals is a perfect fit within an IEP.
Today Keys2Work is experiencing its largest growth in high schools and community-based programs that are looking for foundation skill improvement programs that can provide Relevance to the remediation for virtually any student. The ability to tie skill gains to improvement on PSSAs, college coursework preparation, as well as workplace success is a powerful tool for today’s educator.
And more amazing news: Last year the educators using Keys2Work in Pennsylvania were able to IMPROVE the foundation skill levels of their students leading to an increase in the collective earning capacity of these students by over $400 Million!!!
This year, Keys2Work is poised to be used by a wider variety of educators, in more Pennsylvania classrooms than ever before.
In addition to career exploration, Keys2Work offers online differentiated instruction in 9 core foundational skill areas. Keys2Work uses ACT’s powerful WorkKeys(R) System to provide hundreds of hours skill remediation in 9 foundation skill areas considered critical to the success in virtually any career.
Reading for Information Applied Mathematics
Locating Information Observation
Teamwork Applied Technology
General Career Skills
Improvements in these skill areas have been shown to improve PSSA results, improve students’ grades, help students be prepared for college work, and improve their eventual earning capacity in the workplace.
Login to your instructor account or register for a new instructor code at www.smartfutures.org or call Diane Duncan at 412-288-3900 ext. 223.