Higher Education Partnerships

Currently, there are no examples for Elementary School.

Example

The Middle School maintains many college partnerships which were established to create Career and Technical EducatIon pathways.

There are partnerships with community colleges and universities, both local and national.

Doctoral students from local universities work with music students for free during the day.

A world class percussionist teaches a summer percussion camp each summer.

In addition, industry engineers assist with Math Counts.

Key Strengths

  • School maximizes partnerships with local universities and industry contacts to support STEAM and Career and Technical Education.

Example

This Middle School is the only school in the area that has adopted Project Lead the Way for every student. They work closely with PLTW for training and curriculum.

QUALCOMM initiated the Think a Bit project for 6th graders which then developed into a partnership.

The Middle School staff built relationships with the QUALCOMM individuals who designed Think a Bit.

Students are hosted at QUALCOMM to learn coding and create projects in which creativity and technology meet. The Design Studio concept was a match for QUALCOMM’s beliefs.

The Middle School conducts discussions with QUALCOMM regarding their anticipated workforce needs to illustrate and prepare students for school to career pathways.

The School emphasizes the importance of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills 4C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication).

Every 7th grader goes for a campus tour at the local University and University students come to school to run an after-school science program. It is important to create relationships with common beliefs and goals.

Key Strengths

  • A reciprocal relationship with partners, both in Industry and Higher Education, support PLTW instruction and bring in real world connections for students.

Example

Engineers come on campus to work with Mathcounts.

Partners provide speakers for College to Career Day.

The Middle School also schedules field trips to meet and work with professionals in the work-environment. A local renowned technical college provides presentations for teachers and students and facilitates experiments and lessons with students via teleconference.

Key Strengths

  • A partnership with a local and well-known technical college support STEAM students in lessons, field trips, and presentations.

Currently, there are no examples for High School.