Meeting 21C workplace needs for both employers and employees requires not only an awareness of the role our nation’s workforce plays in the current global economy, but also requires planning and implementation of initiatives designed to ensure that future workplace needs can be met. Young people can also be more engaged in school when they recognize that school work is directly related to their unique goals and outcomes postgraduation.
In this broadcast:
Franklin Schargel’s topic is building America’s economy, education’s role in building that economy, and why our 21C workplace must be globally competitive. He defines the skills a world class teacher and https://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/C.W.-Gardenhire-pic.jpgistrator need and what a world class school looks like before discussing what investment needs to be made now to get to the position of global leadership. Mr. Schargel concludes that the problem with America’s economy is not a lack of jobs; it is a lack of skilled people to fill them. Michael Lillywhite cohosts.
Dr. George Petersen discusses his personal and professional background as a professor and Founding Dean of Clemson University’s College of Education. He comments on NDPC/N’s work and its value in continuing to reduce the nation’s dropout rate nationwide.
Stewart Rodeheaver discusses the need to engage students while also developing their workplace skills. Virtual reality applications accomplish both objectives, allowing students to become involved in virtual experiences as diverse as seeing inside a human heart to assembling a combustion engine.
By 2018, an estimated 81,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled in South Carolina. Despite an increase in STEM majors, however, students are not choosing STEM fields. Instead, they are selecting more “transdisciplinary” fields that include the arts. An innovative educational practice called STEAM (where “A” represents the arts) is helping students see the creative and imaginative parts of STEM and increasing their engagement in STEM. The development of an interdisciplinary STEAM ecosystem—including schools, families, businesses, and community members—is being led by a team of Clemson University faculty. The effort aims to increase the participation of South Carolinians in STEM, beginning in elementary school.
“Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina” will focus on:
the importance of deepening the content knowledge of teachers, parents, caregivers, and business partners, and why they are all invested in the success of building the STEAM Ecosystem;
how underserved and high-needs school districts will be incorporated into STEAM to ensure that the workforce reflects the state’s changing demographics; and
how the initiative will create the nation’s first STEAM Teaching Endorsement.
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
Downloadable posters, educator guides with activities and age-appropriate career information for your students. All activities meet national education standards of learning for math, science and technical literacy.
Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America. (2015). Telling our story through data: ASTRA’s STEM on the Hill state STEM & innovation report cards 2015. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from www.usinnovation.org/state-innovation-vital-signs
Dede, C., & Richards, J. (Eds.). (2012). Digital teaching platforms: Customizing classroom learning for each student. New York, New York: Teachers College Press.
Delaney, M. (2014, April). Schools shift from STEM to STEAM. EdTech. Retrieved from
Diamond, B. S., Maerten‐Rivera, J., Rohrer, R. E., & Lee, O. (2014). Effectiveness of a curricular and professional development intervention at improving elementary teachers’ science content knowledge and student achievement outcomes: Year 1 results. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(5), 635-658. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tea.21148/abstract
Ertmer, P. A., & Simons, K. D. (2006). Jumping the PBL implementation hurdle: Supporting the efforts of K–12 teachers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 1(1), 5. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1541-5015.1005
Hew, K. F., & Brush, T. (2007). Integrating technology into K-12 teaching and learning: Current knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 55(3), 223-252.Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11423-006-9022-5
Zucker, A. (2015). Regional education report: A baseline report on public education in the Tri-County Region. Charleston, SC: Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative. Retrieved from www.tricountycradletocareer.org
Standards based high school educational reform movements led to the creation of the American School Counselors Association National Model: ‘A Framework for School Counseling Programs’. Saint Paul high school counselors across the district learned the model and created ‘Connected Counseling: A Strategic Plan to Restructure St. Paul’s High School Counseling Programs’ to raise graduation rates for all students. Connected Counseling means students have connections to caring adults, supportive peers, challenging academic curricula, community partners, and the ability to create a Six Year Plan outlining their four years of high school and two years beyond. This broadcast will introduce you to Connected Counseling.
Often overlooked, a dropout prevention partner in your neighborhood is your local two-year technical or community college. More specifically, those two-year colleges who work with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program will definitely have programs and resources you can use and a desire to share them. The ATE program is designed to connect high schools and community colleges for the purpose of improving student engagement and success in fields of advanced technology specifically to provide the nation with highly skilled technicians in many disciplines. Secondary schools and community colleges are natural partners in serving at-risk students, and you can find out much more in this webcast!
In this program, you will learn how Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays a role in dropout prevention and school reform. Listeners will hear how CTE provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the career pathway of their choice.
Joining Forces for Student Success: The Emergence of State and Local Policies to Support the Recognition of Academic Credit for CTE Coursework – ACTE Policy Paper. http://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Publications_and_Online_Media/files/academic_integration_paper_WEB.pdf. (2009).