Northland CAPS in partnership with seven Northland school districts (Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte County and Smithville) and twelve business partners completed the second cohort of the Northland SEE (Summer Externship Experience) on July 12, 13 and 14, 2016.
Seventy teachers from all seven districts, grades K-12 participated in this externship experience. Teachers learned how to build an awareness of design thinking through a team-based approach working to design, develop and execute authentic project with business partners in their classrooms.
Teachers traveled to the business sites to get a better idea of how their company works as well as hear about compelling challenges and problems to solve, so they can formulate a problem statement, which will convert into an authentic project that will challenge our teachers and students.
Businesses in the Northland hosted these teacher teams and talked about the culture of their companies and shared some common ideas of projects that these teams could implement with their classrooms.
The design of this workshop was to train these teacher teams on how to bring this authentic learning experience back into their traditional classrooms.
This evening teachers will showcase their insights and activities which have emerged throughout the school year.
This is an exciting opportunity for education and industry to partner, developing the human capital needed to grow our regional economy.