Teacher Externship Program
(Educators must be able to commit to the 2 weeks of work during this time frame.)
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.
2018 Middle School Teams: Christiana Middle School, Oakland Middle School and Smyrna Middle School
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Class of 2018
Class of 2018
Brian Lewis - RCS CTE
David Mansouri - SCORE
Troy Grant - THEC
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