Developing “Soft” Skills Critical to Future Success, New Envision EMI White Paper Says

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Based on a review and analysis of a wide array of studies conducted by educators, leadership experts and cognitive scientists, the white paper suggests that development of life success skills not often taught in the traditional classroom (like self-efficacy, self-direction, a capacity for creativity and critical thinking, effective communication and social and cross-cultural awareness) improves academic interest and performance, leads to higher rates for entering and completing college, and results in higher earning careers.

Due to the constraints of testing, time and subject barriers they face every day, even our best teachers may find it difficult to meet all of today’s learning demands. As a result, high-quality extracurricular programs can complement classroom teaching.

Success in the years ahead will require a set of “soft” skills not often taught in the traditional classroom, according to a new white paper released by Envision EMI, LLC, America’s leading creator of leadership and life success skills training for high-achieving young people.

Now available for downloading, “Developing the Skills for Success: What We Know About Learning for the 21st Century” details research which overwhelmingly supports the idea that strengthening non-academic skills (like self-efficacy, self-direction, a capacity for creativity and critical thinking, effective communication and social and cross-cultural awareness) results in greater academic and professional success, especially for high-achieving young people who are already doing well in school.

“As a parent and teacher, I understand the sometimes daunting task of ensuring that our children develop the right kinds of skills and attitudes that will give them an edge in the years ahead,” said Dr. Linda McGarvey, Chief Academic Officer at Envision EMI. “We hope this white paper helps to inform the decision-making process for parents and educators alike,” she said.

Based on a review and analysis of a wide array of studies conducted by educators, leadership experts and cognitive scientists, the white paper suggests that development of these kinds of life success skills improves academic interest and performance, leads to higher rates for entering and completing college, and results in higher earning careers.

According to sources cited in the document, due to the constraints of testing, time and subject barriers they face every day, even our best teachers may find it difficult to meet all of today’s learning demands. As a result, there is growing evidence that high-quality, extracurricular experiences complement classroom learning, improve academic achievement, and develop personal and interpersonal skills (the so-called “soft skills”) that experts across disciplines agree are essential.

Envision EMI is America’s leading provider of leadership and life success skills training for high-achieving students. Envision EMI has educated, motivated and inspired nearly 600,000 alumni during its 25-year history, and the company expects to welcome more than 53,000 young scholars to its experiential education programs this year. For more information, visit http://www.envisionemi.com.

The first in a series of planned white papers, the document can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.envisionemi.com/pdf/Skills_for_Success.pdf.

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