Facilitating Teacher Learning
When businesses host teacher externships over the summer, there is an exponential impact on student learning in the school year. Businesses can augment teacher content area knowledge – particularly in the STEM arena – and help them develop the applied learning lessons so critical for student engagement and deeper learning.
Click here for slides from Florida Power and Light (FPL) for the outline of how they are hosting Palm Beach County school teachers in the areas of Computer Science, Physics, Math and Engineering Technology who are working side-by-side with engineers who specialize in software development. They are working side-by-side with engineers who specialize in software development.
A new Palm Beach County STEM Council is placing teachers in several businesses throughout the county this summer in paid one month positions. Each teacher will be mentored by an area university or college professor who will help them develop curriculum related to their experiences to take back to their classroom.
Champions for Learning – the Education Foundation of Collier county – is listening to teacher input on the need to be connected to the “real world” and creating community-based professional learning opportunities where teachers are immersed in workplace environments to collaborate with other educators and business partners in building strategies to connect students with “on the job” expectations.