Skills

What makes EducationProjects.org unique is our understanding of what teachers need and want.

As former K–12 educators, we have classroom experience and know how to incorporate what is happening in industry into the curriculum. Our process to connect industry to the classroom has three phases:

Strategy

We convene the client, our staff and interested collaborators. By walking through a series of exercises and discussions, we identify the need and best way forward. The timeline, outcomes and measures for success are established in this phase.

Design

Once we have clarity on what success looks like, we develop a variety of ideas around the six skill areas. Our preference is rapid testing that quickly pilots the ideas in short outreach workshops. We make corrections until we reach alignment with the team and the client. The programs, collaborators, communications strategy and brand are established in this phase.

Implementation

Project managers jump in at this stage to take the ideas and map them into action plans with decision dates. Operational meetings, dates, locations, and equipment are lined up during implementation. Staff assignments with deadlines are confirmed. Budgets are completed and approved. Pre/post evaluation is part of implementation and the outcomes are used to improve the programs and give the client some data to drive further decisions. Work is completed and reported on during this final phase. In some cases, we return to the strategy phase to refine and enhance the programs.

Below you will find six skill areas in which we deliver our work. Some clients use us for very defined roles like designing instruction. Most, however, engage us to develop, manage and innovate complete educational programs to ensure that their investment is sustainable. Take a look at the case studies for some examples of how we activate each of these areas.

Communications & engagement

Communications is key to maintaining energy with teachers and industry participants.

A critical part of communications is the ability to assess outcomes through evaluation and to engage external stakeholders at the right level.

We provide designed products that complement the overall communications plan of your organization. Our familiarity with your plan and resources makes us the most effective communicator about you and what you have to offer.

The entire education eco-system works best when our team is actively engaged in all aspects of the program’s strategic outreach.

Industry–ed connections

Connecting industry to the classroom ensures what’s being taught in the classroom is what industry needs in the work world.

Industry-Ed connections are cultivated at our professional development workshops and also at outreach events.

As an added benefit, we provide matchmaking to connect the teacher and classroom to an industry resource.

Placing teachers into externships is an excellent way of promoting educators’ awareness of current trends and developments.

Instructional design

Instructional design includes lessons plans, context information, digital extras and labs.

Teacher materials are custom designed and meet state learning standards.

Curriculum includes written lessons, case studies, simulations, labs and hands-on experiments developed by our experienced teaching team.

We not only develop lessons but also support learning objectives with related content drawn from science and industry.

Online resources

Online resources connect teachers and students to the most current content and sustain learning experiences beyond workshop training.

Updates and new products are introduced online to the network, promoting immediate accessibility.

We can create custom digital products or identify and connect you with resources such as career videos, virtual field trips, e-learning courses and online games.

Outreach

Outreach is defined by activities that connect students with content and skills.

This element is usually outside the normal classroom, engaging students in after-school programs, summer activities, and other events.

Contests, career days, and science fairs provide opportunities for industry to directly connect with students.

Activities give students a chance to practice principles and apply their own creativity to learning, encouraging them to consider new career interests.

Professional development

Professional Development workshops inspire teachers with new field-tested, turnkey content, methods and equipment to deliver excellent curriculum in the classroom.

Teachers are trained in relevant lessons and given equipment to facilitate instruction in the classroom.

Graduate credit is available at these two day trainings.

Teachers collaborate with their peers and become part of a network that makes it easy to stay connected and and maintain relationships.

Teacher leaders are selected from instructors who attend our events, to act as ambassadors for future events and promote awareness of our resources.