Though educators may not realize it, the programs offered through TASC not only benefit the students and businesses but it also benefits the teachers as well.
When students participate in one or more school to career programs, it allows for a collaborative effort between businesses, parents and the general community in order to help students succeed. For example, when high school students take part in the Job Shadow, Internship or Mentor Programs teachers may notice:
• Increased motivation from the student to want to learn and pay attention. Teachers spend more time on teaching and less time on classroom problems.
• Students may see the relevance between education and work, and tend to participate more in classroom discussions.
• Students can apply what they learn at their job shadow or internship site to their academic work. They may be more motivated to do their work.
Through Academic Support, Work and Learning (Project Achieve) TASC works in conjunction with educators to augment their teaching by offering MCAS tutoring to students in both math and language arts.
• Teachers can also actively take part and benefit by participating in the Teacher Externship Program. Teachers are able to create more relevant lesson plans that relate to the real world or that engage students in solving real world problems.
• Teachers gain a better understanding of what their students need to know when they enter the workforce.
• Teachers are better able to articulate to students how they will use their academic skills in the workforce.
Would you like to participate in an externship? Contact the Business Outreach Specialist.
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