2gnō.me Soft Skills Methodology Design
We follow a 3-step approach to creating methodologies that “measure” soft skills: analysis, development and validation.
Step 1 – Analysis
First, we look at the standards verbiage, academic literature, as well as performance and outcome indicators for students, teachers and employees. Based on this analysis, we break down standards into “building block” competencies and group into sections based on relevancy (e.g., Content Knowledge, Learning, Growth, etc.).
The resulting Expanded Framework gets initial review with a network of educators, practitioners and other subject-matter experts.
Step 2 – Development
Based on this Expanded Framework, we create actionable non-judgmental survey questions. Questions focus on actionable choices and actual experiences, as opposed to feelings, justifications and “ideal-state” acts.
For example, questions for teachers are based on actual classroom practice. For young professionals, questions reflect everyday professional situations. For lawyers – questions point toward law firm’s expectations. Etc.
Step 3 – Validation
We follow commonly accepted survey validation protocols that rely on subject-matter experts. All questions and completed methodologies go through three tiers of validation with academic and theory experts, as well as groups of practicing professionals in their field. Each tier results in comprehensive evaluation of questions and their validity to applicable standards in an iterative process.
This approach is scalable to any group of standards in Education and Professional Development. Uniquely, our technology helps enhance self-awareness about soft skills and can align to available learning resources to personalize professional development, at scale with data to back it up.
What frameworks are available now?
- Workplace skills, based on the Netflix framework
- Ed-tech skills for school teachers, based on the ISTE Standards for Teachers
- Ed-tech skills for school administrators, based on the ISTE Standards for Administrators
- Soft Skills for Lawyers (soon)
Could you apply this approach to other standards for my state or organization?
Yes, and there are a couple of ways we could approach this. For example, if your standards are related to technology-related pedagogy and professional development, then we would identify the competencies that are similar to our existing methodologies, and look for gaps and redundancies. You can review our competency methodologies and begin to visualize what we would keep and what we would take away or add to your methodology.
What are some of the examples of Standards?
- State-level standards for teachers’ professional development (often closely aligned or based on inTASC or ISTE frameworks)
- Student frameworks related to technology education and 21st Century skills development