On December 1st, cohort one of the STEM Education Partnerships (STEP) initiative presented interdisciplinary projects they implemented in the fall semester. 21 educators from all Trident Region school districts and the Dorchester County Career and Technology Center went through extensive training in Project-Based Learning over the summer and worked collaboratively in teams with teachers of other disciplines to create a project to be implemented into the classroom. All projects were very impressive and educators reported an increase in student interest of the subject through the implementation of the project. They also reported students showing more ownership of the project, successfully working in teams, and practicing 21st century workforce skills.
Many disciplines were represented at the End of Year Symposium – English, Engineering, Health Science, Culinary Arts, and Math just to name a few. The projects included an AIDS awareness campaign, students creating and running their own restaurants, students designing and creating mementos of appreciation for guests in their building, just to name a few. There was much collaboration between educators of different disciplines but also between educators and business partners. Educators were able to connect business partners they established through The Education Foundation with their students to give the students a more realistic view of skills needed in the workplace. Business partners visited classrooms, conducted mock interviews, and even went as far as to work with the students directly on projects and show them how it relates to what they do in the workplace every day.
It was a very successful event and a great end to the first year of the STEM Education Partnerships Initiative. Year two will soon be underway and The Education Foundation hopes to showcase cohort one's fantastic work and add to it with cohort two!
Education Awards presented during Summit
The Education Foundation worked in partnership with College of Charleston to present the Business Education Partnership Awards to a business in each school district that was nominated by an individual school for their commitment and service to public education. Click here for the complete list of award recipients.
The Zucker Family Champions for Education Award was presented to Leslie Fellabom, Southwind Commercial Real Estate LLC, for her long-standing devotion to education and public schools.This prestigious award recognizes individuals and groups who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing the mission and achieving the vision of The Education Foundation. Fellabom was a founding member of the board for The Education Foundation and has long since provided her knowledge and guidance to its Return on Investment Committee. Thank you Leslie for your continued excellence.
The Education Foundation's Business Education Summit has a seventeen year track record of convening educators and leaders from the business community to engage in active dialogue about significant issues regarding the preparation of today's students for tomorrow's workforce. This annual event attracts hundreds of business, community and education leaders and is an ideal venue for meeting new colleagues and partners.
Save the Date: October 29, 2013
Business Education Partnership Awards
Each year, an elite group of area businesses are recognized for teir efforts to improce education in our community through partnerships with local schools. The Business Education Awards are presented by the College of Charleston and The Education Foundation to recognize these remarkable partnerships. The awards are a pretigious way to recognize those who share our commitment to education and set an example through innovative partnerships with local schools.
The 2012 Business Education Partnership Award Winners
Berkeley County School District - ALCOA Mt. Holly
Charleston County School District - Boeig South Carolina
Dorchester School District Two - Palmetto Goodwill
Dorchester School District Four - Francis Beidler Forest, Audobon Center & Sanctuary
The Zucker Family Champions for Education Award
The Zucker Family Champions for Education Award recognizes individuals and groups who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing the mission adn achieving the cision of The Education Foundation. The award is aptly named for the Zucker family as they were they first recipients of this award in 2008. We continue to applaud the Zuckers for their tireless efforts on behalf of education and the betterment of this region.
The 2012 Zucker Family Champions for Education Award Winner
Leslie Fellabom - Sr. Vice President, Avison Young