ERIC Number: ED407530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work in Elementary Schools. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
The model school-to-work system creates a foundation in the early grades and continues to build until students complete their studies. In the elementary grades, the major components of students' school-to-work education are career awareness and developing basic skills. Developing career awareness includes creating an environment where students see connections between school and the real world. Skills building incorporates not only the basic academic skills but also thinking skills and personal qualities that will be applicable for success in the workplace. Teachers can help students make the connection between academic skills and their future by ensuring that lessons have some relation to the real world. Elementary school can also be the appropriate time to introduce students to jobs that may not be traditional for their gender, race, or ethnicity. Some schools establish schoolwide programs/classrooms modeling the "real world." It is important that elementary school subjects include the instruction required for students to develop the basic skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities needed for solid job performance. Norland Elementary in Dade County, Florida, and Thoreau Elementary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have effective school-to-work programs. Contains 10 references and an annotated list of 6 resource organizations to contact for further assistance. (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Basic Skills, Career Education, Career Exploration, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Skill Development, Systems Approach
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.