Business Summit on
21st Century Skills
Preparing Students for Work,
Wisconsin Department of public instruction
elizabeth burmaster, state superintenDent
Wisconsin pK-16 leaDership council
competitive Wisconsin, inc.
message from the
Much has been written about the preparation of our children and
youth for the jobs of tomorrow. In Wisconsin, we decided the time
was right to convene business leaders from across the state and
listen to what they had to say about ensuring our students are
prepared for the workplace, and further education.
We brought together over 200 leaders of business, economic
development, and chambers of commerce representatives. They
were asked what knowledge and skills a current eighth-grader
should develop to be prepared to enter the world of work in five
to ten years.
By listening to our business leaders we learned much. In this
overview, we share the process used, the questions asked, and the
— Elizabeth Burmaster
message from the president of
CompetitiVe WisConsin, inC.
Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. (CWI) is an association of
representatives of the business community, academia, labor and
agriculture whose core mission it is to actively promote public
policy that creates a competitive economic climate to make
Wisconsin more attractive for the creation of high paying jobs and
higher per capita income.
The fundamental building block of any strategy to achieve this
goal is a highly educated and highly prepared workforce. CWI
is proud to have been the convening business entity for this
important summit, and we thank our partners - Superintendent
Burmaster and the staff of the Department of Public Instruction,
the PK-16 Leadership Council, and the support of the Midwest
Higher Education Compact, the Council of State Governments and
the Lumina Foundation for Education - for this opportunity.
We look forward to this important partnership continuing to
grow as we s