ERIC Number: ED414370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Bridging the Gap. Initiatives Linking Education and the Workplace.
As a followup to "Standards Mean Business," the National Alliance of Business publication prepared for the 1996 National Education Summit, this publication highlights some of the many ways in which business leaders are working with educators and community leaders to bridge the gap between school and work and to support high academic standards. The link between academic skills and workplace skill requirements, the consequences of the current lack of connection between the business and education communities, and how businesses are becoming active in linking academic knowledge and workplace skill requirements are explored. A number of programs are described to give business leaders ideas they can use in their own communities. In addition, "Bridging the Gap" calls in business leaders to: (1) support high academic standards, assessment measures, and systems of accountability; (2) articulate workplace skills; (3) use student achievement in hiring and location decisions; (4) expose teachers, students, and parents to the world of work; and (5) adopt policies to support employee and family involvement in community schools. By collaborating with educators to develop a common language, business leaders take the first step toward promoting the high academic standards that are vital for academic excellence and economic competitiveness. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Business Responsibility, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Qualifications, School Business Relationship, Standards
National Alliance of Business, 1201 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.bcer ($9 a copy; $8 for 25 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Coalition for Education Reform.
Note: This booklet is part of the "Standards Mean Business" Leadership Kit developed by the Business Coalition for Education Reform, which includes tools to help business leaders assist communities in education reform. For related documents, see UD 032 025 and UD 032 028.