ERIC Number: ED422654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
The Corporate Imperative: Results and Benefits of Business Involvement in Education. Executive Summary.
Ballen, Jennifer; Casey, Judi C.; de Kanter, Adriana
Strategies that the corporate world can use to create education alliances with schools are described in this report. It is argued that businesses must develop education partnerships with the same degree of strategic thinking used to advance any business objective or new product. These strategies are aligned with three fundamental benchmarks for measuring student progress: students should be able to read well and independently by the end of third grade; students should study algebra by the end of eighth grade and continue to take advanced math and science; and students should see college as an option and be prepared for education beyond high school. Ways in which these benchmarks can be reached include providing a safe haven for students after school, connecting classrooms to the Internet, training teachers in the use of technology, and involving parents in their children's education. Business owners should remember that business-education partnerships can take on many different forms; by examining the goals of both the business and the education partner, partnerships can have lasting effects on student achievement and business success. The document concludes with a four-stage plan for action to begin an active business-education partnership. (RJM)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Support, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.