Businesses and BISD Team Up for Learning

Businesses and BISD Team Up for Learning
Posted on 06/20/2016

Businesses and BISD Team Up for Learning

Seven Boerne ISD educators spent part of their summer learning more about local business entities and the ways in which they interact in order to create a stronger, more business-savvy community.

The inaugural K-12 Career Literacy Program has Boerne ISD and the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce working in partnership with local businesses to gain insights into business and industry operations so that the educators are better equipped to prepare students for the workforce.

According to one program organizer, educators are looking for meaningful professional development experiences that will enhance their teaching. Those experiences can be found in industries that may differ from educators' subject matter areas but are relevant to career literacy for students in all classes.

"As an educator learns more about a particular business, connections are made between what teachers are teaching and real world application," says Boerne ISD Career and Technical Education coordinator Sandie Ford. "We cannot prepare our students today for specific professions or jobs in some cases, as many of the jobs they will hold are not even created yet. What we can do is teach them to problem solve so problems they are faced with in their future world of work, many of which are not problems yet, can be solved."

Firsthand experience gained by shadowing participating business partners allows an educator to speak about topics related to career education with ease as they integrate their experience into the regular school day.

Organizers of the learning opportunity praise the strong partnership between the Chamber, the school district and local employers. Business partners taking part in the Career Literacy Program include Albany Composites, ElectroLab Controls, Kendall County Women's Shelter, Kronkosky Place, Kendall County District Attorey, Bandera Electric Cooperative, Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs, Jennings Anderson Ford and the Leon Springs Business Association.

Boerne ISD educators taking part in the program include Diane Arnold, Alanna Blomquist, Amy Hogan, Chris Liberty, Janea Moellendorf, Janie Sellers and Sarah Womble. Presenters during the multi-day program include Ruthie Kneupper, Region 20 Consultant; Jennifer Hudson, Boerne Chamber; Misty Mayo, Kendall County Economic Development Corporation; Zach Beshea, BISD; Donna Oates, BISD; Terry Holmes, BISD; Kerri Sparkman, BISD; and Sandie Ford, BISD.

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