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Building Partnerships

Presented by: T.J. Eyer-CTAE Division Administrator Renee Harris-Health Sciences Specialist 10/16/08

Partnerships That Work


Building Partnerships requires a shared vision, a statement of purpose, and goals that both educators and partners understand and value.

Partnerships
Conundrum for Education Increased focus on testing Increased requirements for graduation and postsecondary entry Increased focus on academic courses Limited knowledge about industry and employment options

Partnerships
Conundrum for Industry
Increased need for employees Competition with other high demand industry sectors Overburdened employees Multiple demands for support from schools and colleges Growing aged population New employees lacking appropriate skills

Partnership Building
Create a common language Develop a strategic plan together Align education needs with 21st C skills Learn each others culture Establish clear, actionable expectations Build a sustainable relationship Get the right players to the table

Within Your Discipline


Standards-Based curriculum Standards provide guidance for all schools to use when determining what to teach and what to measure Standards provide a common language, goals, and reference point for school boards, secondary and postsecondary faculty, employers, students and parents Standards provide an opportunity for all students to succeed Standards bring us closer to implementing technical skills assessments

The Learning Continuum


Include middle school faculty in curriculum design; develop presentations to middle school students/faculty to help inform them of high school programs Include college and university faculty to ensure expectations align with practice Be sure to include academic teachers for their input for incorporating math, sciences and language arts

Parent Groups
Parents and Guardians We cannot educate children without reaching their parents. Therefore, every teacher has to recognize that when students walk into their class, their families walk in with them.
-Dorothy Rich, author of MegaSkills

Parent Groups
Key research Findings When parents are involved, students achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents education levels Senior high school students whose parents remain involved make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, and develop realistic plans for their future

How Good Are Your Partnerships?


1. Administrative Support
A. Superintendent B. Principal C. School Board D. Counselors E. Academic teachers

2. Shared Planning Time


Incorporate content standards through grade level Discuss interdisciplinary lessons Team Teaching

3. Career Development
Scheduled meeting with a career counselor Parent presentations Industry presentations through videos or in person Field trips to visit business/industry

4. Professional Development
Attending MACTE Conference! Professional membership in a CTE organization Release time to learn new technologies within your discipline Cluster Team jointly participates in professional development activities

5. Standards-Based Curriculum
Is your curriculum designed to include both your CTE foundations standards, appropriate academic standards and involves business and industry expectations?

6. Parent and Community Support 7. Educational Partnerships 8. Business and Industry Partnerships

9. Multi-Measure Assessment
Assessment includes bothCumulative (projects, research papers, portfolios, workplace learning or community service) On-demand (multiple choice, presentation, demonstration, scenario response) and meets criteria for several disciplines

10. Interdisciplinary Teams


Both CTE teachers and academic teachers work collaboratively to offer the curriculum in an interdisciplinary approach. Beverly Campbell is presenting this at her workshop today. Does this work in comprehensive high schools?

11. Flexible Schedules


School allows for interdisciplinary team managed blocks of time Learning labs are encouraged Work-based learning is encouraged Collaboration is encouraged by the administration

All add up to 15 Critical Components


12. Integrated Curriculum 13. Creative and Innovative Teaching Strategies 14. Workplace Learning 15. Student Centered Learning