ERIC Number: ED452395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers in the Workplace: A Staff Development Approach That Benefits Faculty and Students. Site Development Guide #8. High Schools That Work.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Teachers who get an "inside look" at business and industry through internships and summer jobs are much better equipped to prepare their students for the rigors of the workplace and postsecondary education. Teacher internships followed by the revision of course content, instructional plans, and assessment strategies can change school and classroom practices in ways that lead to higher student achievement. According to the "High Schools That Work" approach, successful teacher internship programs include the following elements: (1) a site action plan and a staff development plan for involving the whole school in improving student achievement; (2) a needs assessment showing strengths and weaknesses of local school and classroom practices; (3) a curriculum that emphasizes high standards and use of authentic problems to improve school-based learning; (4) teachers' action plans for incorporating internship experiences into course syllabi and instruction; (5) meetings and work sessions before, during, and after the internship to help teachers develop and share materials and strategies; (6) ongoing communication between teachers and host companies to continue the learning process after the formal internship period ends; and (7) evaluation, feedback, and dissemination of information to ensure that the program benefits the greatest number of teachers and students. (This document includes examples of student projects that resulted from their teachers' internships and a list of the High Schools That Work goals and key practices.) (KC)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Internship Programs, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Teacher Developed Materials, Work Experience Programs
Southern Regional Education Board 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (98V07; $2). For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/site-guides/S iteGuide8.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.