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ERIC Number: ED544373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: A Model of Success for the Nation
Diaz-Rubio, Ivette
Committee for Economic Development
In order to best prepare the U.S. workforce, schools need to focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. However, given the current educational climate of reduced school funding, high teacher turnover, and increasing student diversity, the public school system simply cannot do this alone. This is where businesses can play a role. Businesses and education-focused organizations offer real-world applications associated with the lessons teachers need to provide. School and business collaboration can also provide teacher support, student mentorship, classroom resources, and help students see the value in what they are learning in terms of their own life success and the success of the nation. This report describes how business partnerships can provide a number of different resources to schools. Suggested examples of ways businesses can support teachers, schools and students include: (1) Offering career presentations that allow students to consider career opportunities; (2) Supporting employees to become mentors to students and teachers in particular fields; (3) Facilitating field trips to their sites for hands-on understanding of the organization; and (4) Working directly with teachers in the classroom to make lessons more practical for students. Most business people want to get involved with school partnerships because students are their future workforce. STEM related jobs are on a long-term rise and there is a high demand nationally and internationally for individuals with STEM educations. In order to prepare for tomorrow's demand of STEM occupations, we must prepare K-12 students today. [Ann G. Bessell of the University of Miami Evaluation Team contributed to this report.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development
Identifiers - Location: Florida