- The Strategic Planning Institute - An intensive, three-day teamwork exercise, this institute will require full active participation of ALL team members. Teams should be comprised of at least seven and no more than 10 individuals. Principals and Achievement Coordinator/SLC Coordinators must attend. Others on the team might include: 9th grade representative, math teacher, science teacher, English teacher, social studies teacher, vocational teacher, special education teacher, union representative, parent, student, school counselor, and one or two business or community representatives. While the Institute experience is intense, it is also a lot of fun!!! The agenda is carefully structured to provide the maximum amount of time for teamwork planning, but also includes opportunities for networking and socializing.
The first half of the Institute is focused on specific information and skill building as it relates to the identified mission and purpose of the institute; the second half is dedicated to providing team time with content experts and facilitated work sessions. An example of an institute topic would be the creation of high performing smaller learning communities placed solidly in the school improvement process. Teams meet individually with practitioners and consultants who have successfully employed the Institute topics. They will leave with an action plan to continue their work. The intent of the Institute is to establish a plan that can then be coached, facilitated, and monitored for success.
- Business Institute for Educators -Faced with a student body that is diverse culturally, socially, and economically, today's educators are focused on creating an atmosphere of challenge and support for all students. They must strike the balance between preparing an educated individual and an individual educated and prepared to work. Throughout this four to five day institute, it will become clear that what business wants is an employee who knows how to read, who an communicate in both the oral and written word, who is technologically proficient and who has a healthy attitude towards him/her self and towards work. The goals of business are not at odds with education. Their goals are intimately linked to each others and the student's success. Business is eager to take an active role in the educational process. Educators need only to tap that resource to open a full and rich avenue for mutual growth.
The Business Institute of Educators, invites high school administrators, teachers, counselors, and school-to-work coordinators to attend an institute focused on sharing best practices, integrated curriculum, identifying Federal and private industry support systems, and establishing methods to address the technical assistance needed to strengthen individual high school to career programs.
The institute will include out-visit experiences to federal agencies, private industry, and community-based organizations; technical assistance workshops that will focus on developing new or improving current career-focused programs; integrated curriculum development; building business partnerships and much more!