Oshkosh Chamber Pie

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The Oshkosh (WI) Chamber of Commerce's Partners in Education Council developed a presentation that describes the purpose of the council, its desired outcomes and objectives.

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Oshkosh Chamber Pie

  1. 1. Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Partners In Education Council (P.I.E. Council)
  2. 2. Mission/Vision <ul><li>To serve as a conduit between Business and Schools to help Foster Partnerships and to Encourage & Influence Long Term Change. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Willard Daggett’s Maxim </li></ul><ul><li>We will never be able to effect change in education until the pressure to change exceeds the resistance to change. </li></ul>
  3. 3. P.I.E. Council Membership (40 ) <ul><li>Business Representatives (12 members) </li></ul><ul><li>School Administrators (11 members) </li></ul><ul><li>- OASD Superintendent, UCS/OCS System Presidents </li></ul><ul><li>- OASD Directors of Curriculum, Administration & CTE </li></ul><ul><li>- School Principals (Elementary, Middle, & High School) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers/Counselors (5 members) </li></ul><ul><li>- OASD OEA President </li></ul><ul><li>Oshkosh School Board (2 members) </li></ul><ul><li>UW-Oshkosh/FVTC Deans, Admin., Professors (4 members) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Profit/At Large Community Reps (6 members) </li></ul>
  4. 4. P.I.E. Council Structure <ul><li>3 Co-Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>1) Business Representative (Business CEO) </li></ul><ul><li>2) School Administrator (OASD Superintendent ) </li></ul><ul><li>3) Teacher Representative (President Oshkosh Education Association) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Committee (meets monthly) </li></ul><ul><li>Full P.I.E. Council (meets monthly) </li></ul><ul><li>Ad Hoc Committees (meet as needed) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2007/2008 <ul><li>Schools presented programs & challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Business provided viewpoint on students entering workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance, Attitude, Appearance, Work Ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Many do not understand how to lead a successful life </li></ul><ul><li>Business/Education Summit with Dr. Daggett </li></ul><ul><li>Summer “ad hoc” sessions (with teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to accomplish something </li></ul><ul><li>Decision to focus efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Result: Our ‘Desired Student Outcome’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our Desired Student Outcome <ul><li>Graduating students will have an in-depth understanding of their career and life path options, together with the knowledge of what they should and should not do to pursue these paths and lead a successful and productive life. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Accomplishments <ul><li>Developed list of “Essential Learning Needs” that need to be taught to EVERY STUDENT </li></ul><ul><li>UCS implemented Life Skills Class for Seniors (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>OASD School Board votes Financial Literacy as a requirement for graduation </li></ul><ul><li>UCS expands Life Skills (2 High School classes per semester, Life Skills Program for Middle School) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer, 2009 Focus Groups </li></ul>
  8. 8. Life Skills Course Main Topics <ul><li>Career Planning (WisCareers, Speakers) </li></ul><ul><li>Credit Card Facts & Pitfalls </li></ul><ul><li>Savings & Checking Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Money Management </li></ul><ul><li>Investing (Jeff Kemp for 7 class periods) </li></ul><ul><li>How much things cost (30 days on Minimum Wage) </li></ul><ul><li>Manners & Etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Safety (Self Defense, First Aid) </li></ul><ul><li>Car Buying & Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Apartment Renting & Leases </li></ul>
  9. 9. Focus Groups Summer, 2009 <ul><li>2 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>3 groups/session </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Graduates, 20-21 year olds, 23-28 year olds </li></ul><ul><li>Parents, Educators, HR Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Asked to Identify: Specific Learning Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Soft Skills (attitude, etiquette, work ethic) </li></ul><ul><li>Life Skills (financial literacy, safety) </li></ul><ul><li>Next Step After High School </li></ul><ul><li>Career Knowledge </li></ul>
  10. 10. Focus Group Results Summer, 2009 Top 6 Categories <ul><li>Finance 125 Dots 63 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Communications/Language 85 Dots 39 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Job/School Applications 59 Dots 31 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Character Development 48 Dots 28 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Skills 46 Dots 15 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Global Awareness 37 Dots 8 Post-its </li></ul><ul><li>Totals 700 Dots 359 Post-its </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Responses <ul><li>“ As far as financial literacy, I really had no idea. I didn’t know what credit was, and I didn’t know how important it was. I had no idea what my options were for paying for college. I didn’t even know how to write a check.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I had to learn the hard way how to rent places. No one ever told me what a lease was, or that it is standard that landlords require a one month security deposit, that they sometimes need contacts and references just like on your resume, and the penalties for not paying or being late with rent.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I truly believe that not everyone is made for college, so I think it would have been helpful to know more of my choices . . . . I had no idea about 2 year degrees or military options.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2009/2010 Objectives <ul><li>Continue to push for the adoption of the DSO and a Life Skills requirement in OASD </li></ul><ul><li>Develop list of topics for Next Step After High School </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how to best communicate these topics to parents & students </li></ul><ul><li>- Seminar Approach </li></ul><ul><li>- Part of 1 st week orientation </li></ul><ul><li>- Single class period auditorium presentations </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some Observations <ul><li>Business people & Educators are different </li></ul><ul><li>Business participants need to be patient </li></ul><ul><li>Educators need to be less defensive </li></ul><ul><li>A P.I.E. Council is a three legged stool (business/teachers/admin) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is essential for accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>A blend of Public and Private Schools is helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of Process masquerading as action </li></ul><ul><li>P.I.E. only has the power to Persuade </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to get involved </li></ul>

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