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Teacher Externship Program

TEP

The Rutherford Works Teacher Externship Program is a partnership with Rutherford County Schools to help middle school teachers gain access to employers in the five high demand, high wage industry sectors in Rutherford County. Externships will be placed in STEM related fields with the hope that administrators, teachers, and counselors are able to speak from experience as they advise students on educational and career goals.

Teachers will be paid $20/hour for 80 hours of work.

   Program Application Form    Team Acknowledgement Form

2019 Program Details: 

Purpose

The Rutherford Works Teacher Externship Program is a partnership with Rutherford County Schools to help middle school teachers gain access to employers in the five high demand, high wage industry sectors in Rutherford County, which are Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Health Care, Information Technology and Construction. Externships will be placed in STEM related fields with the hope that administrators, teachers, and counselors are able to speak from experience as they advise students on educational and career goals. The externship will focus on middle school teachers who have the most potential to impact a student’s decision about which programs he/she will study in high school. School teams will have the opportunity to apply for 1 of 3 externship placements. Teachers will be paid $20/hour for 80 hours of work.

Eligibility

  • At principal’s discretion, a team of 3 - 5 educators will be organized from among the following:
  1. Administrator – principal, vice-principal, instructional facilitator, etc.
  2. Counselor – school counselor, RTI coach, etc.
  3. General education – non-CTE academic instructor
  4. CTE teacher who teaches within a Rutherford County Schools CTE program of study that is aligned with the work of the industry partner
  5. STEM teacher
  • Participants should represent a cross-section of academic and CTE disciplines and be considered a “student influencer” by peers and students alike.
  • In support of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Strategic Imperative All means All, the externship program will give priority to middle school teachers and counselors who serve in schools with a high Title I population
  • Externs must have reliable transportation to and from the training and job site.
  • Externs must be employees of Rutherford County Schools.

Schedule

Extern teams will meet with Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce prior to employer placement to discuss logistics, agreements, and answer any questions. This meeting will take place before 5/25/18.

  • The externship program will run from July 8 – July 19, 2019.
  • Educators must be able to commit to a 2 weeks of work during this timeframe.
  • During their scheduled weeks, educator teams will work 32 hours Monday through Thursday (schedule to be decided by teams and employer), and attend an 8- hour work-based learning session on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Prior to work beginning on July 9, externs are required to attend 8 hours of pre-employment training/advising training on July 8.
  • Externs will be paid at a rate of $20.00 per hour for all training, work-based learning classes and time on the job.
  • All training and work-based learning classes will be held at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

PRIOR TO PROGRAM:
Extern teams will meet with Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce prior to employer placement to discuss logistics, agreements, and answer any questions. This meeting will take place before 5/24/19.

Schedule At-a-Glance:
Week One:
DATE DESCRIPTION TIME HOURS
Monday, July 8, 2019 Pre-Employment Training 8:00 – 4:30 8
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Day 1 @ Employer TBD 8
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Day 2 @ Employer TBD 8
Thursday, July 11, 2019 Day 3 @ Employer TBD 8
Friday, July 12, 2019 Work-Based Learning Session
& Group Project Prep @ Chamber
8:00 – 4:30 8
TOTAL 40 hours


Week Two:
DATE ACTION TIME HOURS
Monday, July 15, 2019 Day 4 @ Employer 8:00 – 4:30 8
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Day 5 @ Employer TBD 8
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Day 6 @ Employer TBD 8
Thursday, July 18, 2019 Final Day (7) @ Employer TBD 8
Friday, July 19, 2019 Group Projects & Celebration 8:00 – 2:30 6
TOTAL 38 hours

Program Goals

Ultimately the goal of this teacher externship program is to increase the number of individuals with both soft and technical skills needed to fill the growing number of jobs in the high five sectors (all STEM related) in Rutherford County (and by virtue of the mobility of this region, Middle Tennessee).

Short term goals and expected outcomes are as follows:
1. Teachers will embed industry concepts into curriculum throughout the school year.
2. Counselors and administrators will advise students in a way that is meaningful. They will see the application of skills in careers and will understand different definitions of success.

We will know we have succeeded when:
By spring 2019, there is a 10% increase in enrollment (specifically in underserved populations) in CTE Programs of study identified as the 5 key sectors for high growth, high wage, high demand for Rutherford County: Construction, Healthcare, Information Systems, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. All students in these pathways will have access to related early post-secondary offerings, industry certifications and work-based learning.

Extern Goals

While externship programs primarily target adults (educators and business partners), it is important to note that the program is ultimately intended to benefit students.

Expectations:
1. Externs will explore high wage, high demand career fields and career options while on the job and during work based learning classes.
2. Externs will gain an understanding of the employability skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace, including:
   a. Application of academic and technical knowledge and skills
   b. Career knowledge and navigation skills
   c. 21st Century learning and innovation skills
   d. Personal and social skills
3. Externs will design and implement a lesson plan, narrative, or real-world connection teaching, adding relevance and meaning to students’ learning while promoting jobs in these growing fields.
4. Extern teams will design and implement a school-based industry engagement action plan, which will be used to enhance education/industry collaborations and increase partnerships to the maximum benefit of students in the participating district.

Employer Benefits

1. Grow brand awareness with externs, their students, and their parents.
2. Increase awareness of industry-specific career opportunities.
3. Inform educators about their expectations of employees in various positions and offer input to the curriculum, thereby contributing to the preparation of their future workforce.
4. Identify and cultivate future talent by acting as a guest speaker, mentor, field trip host, or job shadow host.
5. Training and development opportunity for managers and mentors.

Program Flyer

2019 Teacher Externs

Justin Usery

Justin Usery

Assistant Principal
Blackman Middle School
Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee

Instructional Technology Coach
Blackman Middle School
Taylor Moses

Taylor Moses

8th Grade Teacher
Blackman Middle School
Kristin Pena

Kristin Pena

School Counselor
Blackman Middle School
Breonica Porter

Breonica Porter

SPED Interventionist
Blackmand Middle School
Lisa Ezell

Lisa Ezell

Assistant Principal
Christiana Middle School
Wintress Bennett

Wintress Bennett

Special Ed Interventionist
Christiana Middle School
Chris Duez

Chris Duez

Computer Literacy
Christiana Middle School
Emily Fish

Emily Fish

7th Grade Teacher
Christiana Middle School
Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

8th Grade Teacher
Christiana Middle School
Kaitlyn Benavides

Kaitlyn Benavides

School Media Specialist
Rocky Fork Middle School
Pamela Parker

Pamela Parker

Special Education Interventionist
Rocky Fork Middle School
Amanda Serrano

Amanda Serrano

School Counselor
Rocky Fork Middle School
Sydney King

Sydney King

ELA Teacher
Siegel Middle School
Hunter Lee

Hunter Lee

Science Teacher
Siegel Middle School
Katelyn Conner

Katelyn Conner

School Counselor
Siegel Middle School
Mattison Ayers

Mattison Ayers

CTE-Career Exploration Teacher
Siegel Middle School
Jason Baird

Jason Baird

Assistant Principal
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School
Dara Busard

Dara Busard

CTE Teacher
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School
Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones

School Counselor
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School
Dennis Jungman

Dennis Jungman

8th Grade Teacher
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School
Christopher Prince

Christopher Prince

Media Specialist
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School

Class of 2018 Recap

2018 Recap

Final Presentations
Smyrna Middle
Christiana Middle

Partner Presentations
Brian Lewis - RCS CTE
David Mansouri - SCORE
Troy Grant - THEC

Implementation Presentation
Christiana Middle

Lisa Ezell

Lisa Ezell

Christiana Middle School
Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson

Christiana Middle School
Dawn Powell

Dawn Powell

Christiana Middle School
Elizabeth Eubanks

Elizabeth Eubanks

Christiana Middle School
Heaven Doh

Heaven Doh

Christiana Middle School
Justin Usery

Justin Usery

Oakland Middle School
Kelsey Robertson

Kelsey Robertson

Oakland Middle School
Tyler Eady

Tyler Eady

Oakland Middle School
Gina Wray

Gina Wray

Smyrna Middle School
Kristin Cantrell

Kristin Cantrell

Smyrna Middle School
LaShonda Chambers

LaShonda Chambers

Smyrna Middle School
Jacob Cook

Jacob Cook

Smyrna Middle School
Kelley Oberg

Kelley Oberg

Smyrna Middle School

 

**IMPORTANT**
A Team Acknowledgement Form must be submitted with application.