Teacher Externships Pave the Way for Strong School/Business Collaborations

Jessica Juliuson

Jessica Juliuson (at left) and the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) team are leading a United Automobile Workers (UAW)-funded yearlong externship experience in Louisville, Kentucky that engages teacher teams in exploring Problem Based Case Learning, a model in which students explore authentic challenges experienced within an industry pathway and develop solutions or strategies to address them. In a kick-off event,  teachers spent one day getting familiar with a challenge presented by the Louisville Assembly Plant—the introduction of a new vehicle to the line—and then spent two days experiencing what this challenge looks like in practice on site at the plant, through the lens of a plant employee. Teachers then returned to develop student projects based on their plant experiences and got feedback on projects from their industry partners. Participants described feeling “energized” and said the week provided “some of the best resources and information I have ever experienced.” Ilene Kantrov served as an adviser to the team that designed the externship.

Last Updated: December 2016