Education and business and industry: Partners in careers

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 15, 2018

When it comes to education and business, we often think of them as two separate entities. While education, especially higher education, presumably leads to a career, there isn’t always a clear connection between what we learn in school and the skills we end up using on the job.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Careers, Career Expeditions, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Amelia Earhart: Celebrating a legacy of adventure

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 24, 2018

July 24 is National Amelia Earhart Day, a day that honors her birth as well as her achievements.

Born Amelia Mary Earhart on July 24, 1897, (in Pitsco’s home state, and more specifically in Atchison, KS) Earhart began challenging the notion of what girls could do at a young age, eschewing expected female norms for climbing trees and hunting rats with a .22 rifle. She even collected news clippings about women succeeding in traditional male fields (Amelia Earhart).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Hands-on Learning

Testing the waters with ocean education

Posted by Alan Kirby on June 08, 2018

Friday is World Oceans Day! It’s a day worth celebrating. Here’s why:

Oceans make up an astounding two-thirds of our planet. The blue water generates the oxygen we breathe, feeds us, regulates our climate, and so much more (World Oceans Day).

As such, everyone plays a role in the enjoyment, exploration, and protection of this environment. While zoos and aquariums are leading the charge to positively impact ocean health, destination coastal resorts are also beginning to use tourism as activism by empowering visitors to learn about the challenges faced by the beautiful environments that surround them. Even in our everyday lives, we can do more to be conscious of our habits and daily actions and really make a difference.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Careers, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready

Mapping your future in middle school

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 31, 2018

WorkKeys®-aligned Career Expeditions exciting piece of Yankton (SD) School District’s employability plan 

Imagine being a seventh or eighth grader and seeing your future open up before your eyes. That’s the reality for middle schoolers in Yankton, South Dakota, who are poised to be among the most employable high school graduates – once they get there – thanks to a concentrated effort by their teachers and administrators to instill lifelong 21st-century skills as early as middle school.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Careers, Career Expeditions, WorkKeys

21st-century skills take flight in Texas

Posted by Melissa Karsten on May 24, 2018

As a teacher, you’re all about giving your students the tools and knowledge for a successful career. It’s up to them to take advantage of the opportunities they’re presented to make it happen. How satisfying is it to see a spark ignited in your student that could lead them on this path? Charles Richardson from Lancaster ISD south of Dallas knows.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills