STEM Partnership School involves corporate partners in curriculum design
The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School has been fortunate to receive fiscal support from several foundations and corporations. While this financial support is critical to the creation of the school, we also need our corporate partners to be engaged in designing curriculum and implement programming, which will assist them in meeting their long-term workforce development goals.
Currently school district teachers and university faculty are being joined by representatives from Argonne National Laboratory, Cabot Microelectronics, Caterpillar, the DuPage Children’s Museum, Fermi Lab National Accelerator Laboratory, Nicor Gas, Tellabs and the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education to discuss educational programming, focusing on both student and teacher outcomes. The corporations, national laboratories and non-profits are contributing the professional expertise of staff members for this work.
Convening such a diverse group means that many different perspectives are being heard, and corporate partners are deepening their understanding of the challenges involved in teaching and learning. Through this process, a rich dialogue is occurring which will enable the partners to develop an innovative educational program with real world applications. This will help us achieve our goal of preparing students to be our future leaders, ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.