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Downloadable NGSS Resources on “Padlet”

Select the desired grade: K-5 | 6-8 | 9-12


Storyboarding an NGSS Unit

Learn how to effectively use this 40”x40” laminated graphic organizer to conceptualize an NGSS phenomenon-based unit of instruction, leading to specific lesson plans using the 5E inquiry model.
For professional development, contact dean@educonsultingllc.com


Unit/Lesson Development Resources

EDU Consulting's mission is to provide innovative professional learning and strategic planning to public school districts, charter, private and parochial schools, business and industry, to improve teaching and student learning. To achieve our mission, we work collaboratively with community-based, non-profit, business/industry, parent and various organizations in prioritizing STEM and Career/Technical Education training programs.

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Workforce Development

EDU Consulting LLC provides certified instructors with years of practical experience, for a variety of high-demand vocational opportunities. Our goal is to work with employers on aligning the skills of employees with national market trends, creating and delivering the most effective, interactive training opportunities for their employees.

What is Workforce Development?

Workforce development is defined as employment initiatives offered by organizations that help create, sustain, and retain a viable workforce. The objective of workforce development is to create economic prosperity for individuals, businesses, and communities.

Workforce development focuses on an individual’s ability to nurture existing skills, learn new skills and develop the tools they need for business success. In other words, workforce development trains individuals to be more productive and prosperous in the workplace, which benefits both the employer and the worker.

What are the benefits of Workforce Development?

Investing in workforce development has many benefits, from both an employee-employer perspective and through the lens of your consumers.

  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Lower turnover rate
  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhancements in innovative thinking
  • Proactive, not reactive, problem solving

Why does your business need Workforce Development?

Whether your workforce is on customer service and sales, at a manufacturing plant, auto garage, medical clinic, or office complex, you must continually invest in training your employees. Otherwise, you may find that they are ill-equipped to handle the problems of the future. As a result, your customers, vendors, or clients may take their business to a more forward-facing organization.

Workforce development is about maximizing the potential of each employee and providing them with opportunities to effectively troubleshoot problems. When an employee feels valued and trusted, they are more likely to stick around for the long haul, resulting in a lower employee turnover.

Who needs Workforce Development?

In today’s job market, education can give a person a competitive edge, however a formal degree is not the only path. Those with little or no post-secondary education can take advantage of certificate programs and professional certifications to give them a competitive edge. Certifications offer alternatives to a traditional post-secondary education pathway, while still offering invaluable training and required skills for in-demand careers.

EDU program opportunities target these clients:

  • Youth without high school diplomas
  • High school graduates
  • Non-formal post-secondary students
  • Veterans
  • Current professionals

It’s About Learning

Workforce development is built around learning rather than training. Workforce learning can take many forms, including formalized class and/or virtual instruction, brainstorming sessions, individual and small group mentoring, or individualized performance reviews.

Education and Training

Building the skills and competencies of American workers is essential to ensuring the competitiveness of business in the global economy. The public workforce system recognizes that training for individuals must align with the needs of business and industry. There are several ways that the public workforce system supports this need for training.

  • Re-employment Training
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Incumbent Worker Training

Workforce Development Services

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