Collaboration among all partners fosters an integrated and seamless learning experience for students.
Each educator brings a unique perspective and expertise that can strengthen the educational experience for students. College educators possess extensive content knowledge and understand the necessary skills for college success. They can help incoming students better prepare for exams, manage time, and work independently. Likewise, high school teachers offer valuable experience designing student-centered lessons, managing a classroom, and providing sufficient leadership for adolescents.
Comprehensive and integrated high school and college curriculum design is one area where this shared decision-making is vital. High school and college faculty need opportunities to meet with one another to align course expectations, ensure that content and terminology is consistent across high school and college courses, and further develop and refine the curriculum.
In addition, college professors must help high school teachers prepare their students to meet college requirements. High school and college faculty in each subject area collaborate on the design of the courses, so that complexity builds over time and each course lays the groundwork for the next in a seamless and supported way. It is essential that high school faculty understand the expectations and content of the college courses, so they can align their instruction and prepare students to overcome barriers to success. Likewise, Industry Partners can help with course design by identifying authentic questions and challenges for project-based learning in core academic courses.
Industry Partners also help school leaders, teachers and college faculty better understand how to prepare their students for the workplace. For instance, spending at least a couple of weeks in an industry setting can help a school leader develop a deeper understanding of current and emerging needs within a specific field. Teachers with opportunities to participate in externships or job shadowing gain a clearer understanding of the environment their students will face and the skills they will need.