Teachers 'go to work' for local businesses

June 4, 2008 5:06:34 AM PDT
Now that school's out, hundreds of Houston-area teachers are headed into a special learning experience of their own.Nearly 250 classroom teachers from 18 area school districts will job shadow at more than 70 Houston-area businesses June 9 - 13, during Teacher Externship Week 2008. The program is a collaboration between Houston A+ Challenge, the Greater Houston Partnership and Taking Education to Work.

The program, now in its sixth year, pairs teachers with business professionals in similar fields of study, in order to make students' learning more relevant to the workplace. Teachers then develop lesson plans to share with students, based on the hands-on Externship experience.

For the second consecutive year, the Externship is sponsored generously by Shell Oil Company.

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