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EGUSD and the Ford Motor Company train Californian teachers to bring 21st century workforce skills to the classroom
More than 75 teachers from across California participated in a Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) Elk Grove Unified Resource Hub training focused on bringing green technology and 21st century workplace skills to the classroom.
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“As a Ford PAS Resource Hub, Elk Grove Unified has the unique opportunity to work with educators across the nation to gain professional development that allows them to incorporate relevant 21st century skills that their students need to succeed in college and their eventual career,” said Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D.
The sessions were based on curriculum developed under Ford's award-winning Ford PAS program. Classes were held from August 3 through August 6 at the Cosumnes Oaks High School Library in Elk Grove.
Teachers learned how to incorporate Ford PAS into their classroom activities, including the program's new course on alternative energy and sustainability, "Working Toward Sustainability." They also heard from Northern California business leaders, who shared the critical skills that they look for when hiring for 21st century industries, such as technology, alternative energy and health care.
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“This training is an excellent example of Ford’s investment in education, which is focused on helping schools improve their ability to produce graduates who are ready to compete in a global economy,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We're excited to play a role in helping local educators and business leaders work together toward programs that will enhance the classroom experience for all students.”
Ford PAS is an academic curriculum taught through the lens of career technical education. It is currently being used in 60 schools across California. It prepares students for careers in high-wage, high-skill fields such as business, engineering, technology, alternative energy and global economics. The Ford PAS curriculum is enhanced through professional development of teachers and through networking opportunities between business partners, educators and students. It was developed by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Education Development Center, Inc.
On Tuesday, representatives from leading Northern California companies such as PG&E, Kaiser Permanente and the Sacramento Bee participated in a roundtable discussion with the teachers to help reinforce the learning that takes place in the Ford PAS curriculum with how it relates to the real world. These business leaders shared skills needed for success in today’s work environment.
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"As a teacher, I strive to incorporate the most effective tools in my classroom so that my students are ready and qualified to be productive in tomorrow’s job market,” said Rebecca Roush, a Ford PAS Elk Grove Unified District Trainer and teacher at Pleasant Grove High School. “Through this professional development, I’m excited to learn more about how I can achieve that goal.”
As a part of the training, teachers participated in a series of activities taken from the Ford PAS curriculum in order to learn how Ford PAS can be taught in the classroom. One example is an activity called “From Concept to Consumer,” where students develop a new consumer product and then describe its impact on a society. Teachers also learned how to use the new Ford PAS sustainability course to teach students about energy consumption and related fossil-fuel issues, including exploring potential alternative energy sources, such as solar, hydrogen and nuclear energy.
“Elk Grove Unified’s first California Ford PAS Resource Hub was very successful in bringing together district and state teachers, exposing them to multiple opportunities to have a hands on experience with an integrated, highly rigorous academic program,” said Christy Moustris, director of alternative education and EGUSD’s Ford PAS coordinator. “We look forward to hosting our next training in October.”
Elk Grove Unified District and Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services first announced their partnership to create a new resource hub to provide professional development for teaching and learning last May. With support from Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the Elk Grove Ford PAS Resource Hub will serve schools across California, as well as the nation.
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