Connecting business with education

Saturday, August 25, 2007

If you spend any time trying to improve the linkages between the business community and K-12 educators, you quickly learn an important lesson: they speak different languages.

Business leaders often have a difficult time communicating precisely the skills they need. On the other side, K-12 educators often have little experience in the business world. In sum, neither group, fully appreciates the pressures that the other is under.

One way to address the gap involves bringing business and educators together as frequently as possible. It also helps to focus on specific opportunities for collaboration. That way, you can avoid grandstanding by one side or the other.

An upcoming event in Beloit, Wisconsin, illustrates how to put together one of these summits. The event will take place over six hours, and it will involve roundtable discussions. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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