ERIC Number: ED430113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Learning...To Succeed. Preparing Young People for Tomorrow's Workplace.
National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, IL.
Although U.S. industry has been reengineered to be the best in the world, companies today have a difficult time finding the skilled workers in order to stay competitive in the global economy. This reality has finally reached the educational community; schools are raising the bar, more students are taking advanced course work, and test scores are improving. In order to continue this improvement and create the work force needed for the future, parents, educators, and business leaders must work together to bridge the gap between school and the workplace. Critical components of educational reform include installing world-class standards, assessing student performance, accountability, and making education relevant. One school district, Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, Illinois, has embarked on a 3-year initiative, called "Learning . . . To Work," designed to expose middle school students and their teachers to an education rich in both rigorous academic and practical work-related experiences. The program provides opportunities for students to: (1) explore career options through in-class activities and business-sponsored lessons in the workplace; (2) learn the skills and knowledge they will need to excel in the next century; and (3) cultivate an early respect for academic excellence and develop the self-confidence to master more advanced skills in high school. The program also offers teachers work-based learning experiences and continuing relationships with business partners so that they can relate the workplace to their students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, IL.