There is increasing recognition of the value of education - industry links and partnerships and a growing literature on these developments. The literature suggests teachers learn from business/industry internships, and there is an interest in learning more about what teachers bring from these experiences to their classrooms. Teachers in Industry reflects this interest. We expect that teachers participating in our programs will gain value for key specific skills such as teamwork, networking, and collaboration, as well as the importance of changing their classroom practice to emphasize the importance of solving open ended interdisciplinary project based problems.
There are five main goals of Teachers in Industry:
- Place teachers in high quality real-world industry experiences in which teachers experience STEM content and practices in the business context and businesses benefit from the skills and knowledge of teachers which lead to increased classroom-business partnerships. This sustained dialog between educators and businesses will positively impact STEM teaching and learning and lead to an increased number of high school graduates who can successfully enroll in STEM majors and be better prepared for STEM careers.
- Retain high quality STEM teachers in the classroom by providing them with well-paid summer work in STEM businesses and industries, opportunities to be part of a community of teachers working to bring real-world STEM experiences into their classrooms, and meaningful, targeted professional development.
- Positively change middle and high school students’ awareness of STEM and STEM careers by helping their teachers understand the use of STEM in business and industry and bringing that back to their classrooms.
- Increase the use of 21st century skills, including collaboration, problem solving and the use of real world problems, in secondary STEM classrooms by helping teachers experience their use in business/industry and working with them to transfer that knowledge to their classrooms.
- Support teachers in their understanding of and ability to implement classroom practices that meet new national standards in mathematics and science in their classrooms (Common Core Mathematics Standards and Next Generation Science Standards) along with ISTE standards for technology.