Are you familiar with these creatures?Your job during this presentation is to figure out why these “dolls” make sense for this presentation!This is the “think” in a think, pair share!
Introduce:Program and self
A few questions we started asking ourselves…where do our students go when they leave high school?
The Gateways. We know students use all gateways. Do they consider starting a business a viable option?
What paths do they use?
The Pathways:Yes, we have students interested in all of these areas.
Everyone from our government to leaders in industry say the secret to our county’s success will be through Innovation and EntrepreneurshipSo we asked how do we teach innovation and how do we encourage entrepreneurial thinking?Who are the most innovative thinkers?What skills can be taught that encourage entrepreneurial action?Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught!I’m going to introduce you to some entrepreneurs. Think about the knowledge and skill sets needed for each innovators success.
Here are two of the most innovative and entrepreneurially successful artists of the 20th century…do you know who they are? Or what they created?
One of their products.What’s the innovation? During the Second World War they experimented techniques for bending plywood to produce leg splints, that were simple to use, transport, and most importantly cheap to form. These experiments helped forge the way for their later furniture designs, specifically the now iconic plywood group of chairs.
Another design.The innovation? As fiberglass became available in the 1950s they were quick to adopt and experiment with the new technology and over the following decades numerous designs flowed, many of which were as equally revolutionary as the earlier plywood group.
Husband and wife, Charles and Ray Eames, are arguably the most influential and pioneering designers of the mid 20th century movement with work spanning furniture design, film making, architecture and even toy development. Their design is commonly associated with Scandinavia but they are Americans and their work was done in what has become the Silicone Valley in CA. The furniture designed by Eames is manufactured today in Europe by Vitra, the sole licensee of the catalogue.
Who is the entrepreneur? What do you know about him?
Something you may not know about Steve Jobs: 1970somethingPorsche—What does this car have to do with Steve Jobs?
The inspiration for these Mac’s was that car. Job’s was also a designer.Established innovators and E’s are important for students to know about but they usually don’t inspire students to take action because they are older and very successful. We have to expose students to another generation of E’s. A group of innovators not that far removed from our students ability to imagine being in their shoes.
Young innovators and E’s. Do you recognize any of these successful 20 somethings? They are all innovative thinkers and supporting themselves through their innovations.
Julieanna is a registered Dietitian and ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. She coaches people to be their healthy best. She also writes books on nutrition and wellness.
Brian’s documentary Forks Over Knives gave him global recognition.
Lindsay is an author and an aspiring “Rachel Ray”.
Young innovators and E’s.There is a reason why I chose these particular innovators. Think about why as we continue this discussion.
They are all driven by their passion. So the question becomes—how do we connect students to their passions? Or maybe better put, how do we help our students identify their passion?But there is another issue at hand. How do we not only connect students to their passion but also expose them to areas of economic growth and opportunity?
So we asked ourselves once more—Where do our students go? Are they following passion? What happens to them? Are they successful? Are they where they want to be?
This is where we are located in Montgomery County.
Do they stay in the region? Where is the opportunity? What is the opportunity?
Where would we like to see our graduates? How should we determine success for our graduates and our school district?
We decided to start a conversation with our stakeholders.
Overwhelmingly, our stakeholders wanted to see our graduates remain in the Delaware Valley. And this is for both personal/family related as well as economically related reasons.
The next question is “What will keep them here?” Do we have influence? How can we best serve our students, their families and our community?
Betty Holmboe: “The 3 D’s”Economic Development is the responsibility of the state. For the state to attract innovators and entrepreneurs as well as established industries, we have to have a workforce ready to accept the work (have you driven through Williamsport lately? All the trucks are from Arkansas or Texas—Pennsylvanians are not yet trained and ready for the work the Marcallus Shale is providing).Workforce development is largely a regional or county responsibility.Career Development is our responsibility. Do we connect our curriculum and school experiences to what is going on?
Our next question is “What will keep them here?” How can we best serve our students, their families and our community?
The Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board tells me that the high priority employment in the DE Valley are in Healthcare, Engineering, anything “Green” and IT. They tell me that positions needed will include all pathways and across all career ladders.Career ladders include jobs that require one year of training after high school, two year programs, four year, and four year +. In other words, there is much opportunity for students with a great deal of diversity in each pathway.
So how do we put all this together?How do we begin to connect students to passion and opportunity in our area?We held a Futures Fair.
It takes a village.
My village included parents, our Chamber of Commerce, and our Educational Foundation.
So how do we put all this together?How do we begin to connect students to passion and opportunity in our area? A Futures Fair.What make the Futures Fair different? It is a hybrid career and post-secondary event. Our Futures Fair included:Young and established innovators and entrepreneurs. (about ¾ of the exhibitors)Post-secondary programs of study connected to the professions represented. The post-secondary POS were able to answer student questions about how to prepare for an area of study. Students asked questions about what major to pursue for their particular interests and what high school courses and experiences they should consider to begin preparing for their area of interest.The Futures Fair included professionals in each high priority profession and professionals from each career ladder.
We involved as many students in this project as possible form helping with identifying professionals to designing the exhibitors floorplan. The videos you are about to see are filmed and produced by a student lead team of young documentarians.
Discussion.Now, why were the three particular young E’s selected?They are closer to the student’s ability to think “If they can do this, I can.”They are following their passion.They are in the healthcare pathway—high priority in the DE Valley.
The Quiz: What do these dolls have to do with innovation and E’s? The DE Valley? And the Futures Fair?They were designed and made in Buckingham, PA by a young couple who are similar in profile to the young E’s introduced today. They are following their passion. They live and work and provides employment for others in the DE Valley.
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