Employability Skills Framework

Using the Checklist

Below are example scenarios of how teachers and advisors, administrators, students, and employers can use the Lesson Planning Checklist as a tool for developing and assessing employability skills. The checklist can be printed for use in any of these scenarios.

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Teachers and Advisors

  • Teachers can plan and review their lessons by using the checklist periodically before and after lessons as a professional development tool.
  • Faculty that meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can bring checklists to meetings to discuss and share strategies and challenges.
  • Teachers can use the checklist as a self-monitoring tool by periodically printing checklists and reviewing their own self-report data on how often their lessons included attributes related to employability skills.
  • Teachers can share checklists at parent-teacher conferences to show parents how students are developing employability skills.
  • Teachers can attach checklists to report cards and cumulative folders.
  • Department heads can use a checklist to survey their staff and set department goals.
  • Teachers can share a checklist with employers at events like job fairs to showcase how employability skills are reinforced in the classroom.
  • Advisors can create checklists to plan and reflect on student activities that incorporate employability skills.


  • Administrators encouraging the development of students' employability skills can use the checklist during classroom observations for various purposes.
  • Principals required to document and/or report on school wide efforts to incorporate employability skills can ask teachers to periodically submit a checklist as confirmation of classroom practice.
  • District or state CTE coordinators can use the checklist as a professional development tool to familiarize teaching staff with the employability skills and assure them that the checklist is user-friendly.


  • Students can use the checklist as a self-monitoring tool to track their own progress with regard to developing their employability skills.
  • Students can periodically complete a checklist for teachers to use as a survey tool with which to gauge students' perceptions of the connections between employability skills and their lessons.
  • Students can take a self-completed or teacher-completed checklist to a job interview to confirm employability skills with a potential employer.


  • Employers can use the checklist to communicate their desired employability skills to education partners and to inform program or curriculum develoment.
  • Employers can use the checklist to inform recruitment and workplace training activities.
  • Employers can complete a checklist for reporting student progress in work-based learning programs to teachers.