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Explore our research covering today’s high school students and their preferences and future career plans. We take deep dives into some of the hottest fields today including STEM, Health & Sciences, Technical Careers and the various skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2022

How Much Do Teachers Love Teaching? Did you know that 1 in 6 public school teachers work second jobs during the school year. Check out the numbers behind our findings and why we believe teachers deserve to be paid their worth.

“In-Demand” Careers – Preparing Today’s High School Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce

The economic future of of the US depends on navigating two waves of change: Skills in demand and Demographic change. What careers and industries will be effected most through changing times?

Gender and the Four C’s – High School Student Perceptions of 21st Century Skills

The 4Cs (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) can empower today’s students to thrive in tomorrow’s increasingly diverse and automated workforce.  However, female high school students see them as more valuable than males do to career success – even when they aspire to similar fields.

What does this gender gap mean for the workplace of the future?

The American Dream – Voices of High School Students Infographic

The American Dream is the idea that any person can achieve success, regardless of where they start from. Aspiring to post-secondary education and thinking about future careers provides a foundation on which students can reach this Dream. However, not all students are thinking about future careers at the same rate. This infographic delves into the different groups of students who are thinking “Very Much” about their future careers, a step which empowers them to make the most out of their educational experiences and take steps toward achieving their own American Dream.

Preparing for the Future of Work – Global Citizenship Education and the Four C’s

The future workplace will require a unique set of skills. Global Citizenship and the “Four Cs” (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) will be increasingly important as work more frequently spans national boundaries and automation takes over simple, routine tasks once solely performed by humans.

While a nationwide survey finds high school students overwhelmingly rate the 4Cs as highly important to success in their future careers, only one in three feel prepared for global citizenship. This infographic takes a close look at the attitudes of students who feel prepared for global citizenship, identifying areas of strength and growth opportunities.

Career Aspirations – Fueling Engagement of Today’s Students

This infographic offers good news to teachers looking to boost student engagement. First, it summarizes research identifying three key benefits of career goals for high school students. Second, it shows leveraging career goals to boost engagement may not be a heavy lift.

Why? Because a nationwide survey of high school students finds majorities of all demographic groups report giving considerable thought to their future careers. Whether there is little or lots of opportunity to talk about careers in class, connecting today’s classroom learning with students’ dreams of future careers may help students get the most from their return to normal.

Student Voices – Insights for Remote Learning Success

Few high school students could have imagined longing for routine school days. Yet remote learning in Spring 2020 brought to life what mattered most to students, especially:

  • classroom camaraderie
  • forces fueling motivation
  • boundaries around school

The Student Research Foundation (SRF) analyzed comments about remote learning U.S. high school students made on social media during Spring 2020. This infographic summarizes their insights about ways to fine-tune remote learning and boost student success in Fall 2020.

Women & Girls in Computing

Between 2018 and 2028, the U.S. workforce will grow by 5.2%. The computing/IT sector will grow even more – 12.7%. Yet continued underrepresentation of women in the computing sector (26%) will reduce the talent pool and jeopardize the nation’s ability to fill these high-skilled, high-paying jobs. Will a new generation transform the computing sector?

High school students’ career aspirations foreshadow the future. This report analyzes data from a 2018 national survey of high school students, conducted by the Student Research Foundation. 74,149 students responded. Their attitudes identify prospects for gender equity and insights for interventions. See the report about Women & Girls in Computing here.

Boost Student Engagement Infographic

Learn how SRF surveys can help teachers boost student engagement.

The Student Research Foundation tools will:

  • remind students of long-term goals and dreams
  • match students with opportunities
  • promote equity in college/ career planning

Teacher Satisfaction Research

The nation faces a teacher shortage. Previous research shows dissatisfaction contributes to teacher turnover and discourages today’s students from pursuing teaching careers. Teacher satisfaction matters.

SRF surveyed teachers nationwide about their satisfaction on 14 workplace factors. This infographic and report examines the complex relationship between teacher satisfaction with compensation and other aspects of their professional experiences. The 2385 teachers who responded were least often satisfied with salary and benefits. But it was not just about pay. The data suggest teacher dissatisfaction with salary may be symptomatic of the toll exacted from teachers and students when education is underfunded. See our blog post about Teacher Satisfaction here.

Hispanics & STEM: Gen Z’s Interest Can Change the Future!

The demand for STEM professionals continues to grow, especially as forecasts show there will be 10.6 million STEM jobs by 2028. Attracting Gen Z Hispanics is imperative to the STEM workforce, because Hispanic adults are historically underrepresented and underutilized in the field.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Student Research Foundation’s new report on Hispanics in STEM, a collaboration with the Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways and Google, suggests that now is the time to embrace the next generation of Hispanic STEM leaders. Data show that Gen Z Hispanics are equally as interested in STEM subjects as historically over-represented groups, despite challenges. See our report and infographic for more on effective strategies for developing and furthering the STEM aspirations of today’s Hispanic students!

CTE: Benefits for Diverse Goals Infographic

Today’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) attracts a broader cross-section of high school students than ever. Findings from SRF’s Fall 2019 in-class survey of students in CTE classrooms across the nation illustrate that diversity.

The overwhelming majority have at least a B average, plan to continue their education immediately after graduation, and are headed to a wide array of post-secondary institutions. They take CTE to learn skills and explore/prepare for careers. Regardless of educational path, students most frequently cite CTE as helping them understand the work environment and connecting their academic studies with the “real world.”

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