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  • Ford PAS Students working together in Nashville, TN
  • Quotes are from the 2006 report Are They Really Ready to Work?, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management. Further, note that “A combination of basic knowledge and applied skills are perceived to be critical for new entrants’ success in the 21st century U.S. workforce, but when basic knowledge and applied skills rankings are combined for each educational level, the top five “most important” are almost always applied skills. • Professionalism/Work Ethic , Teamwork/Collaboration and Oral Communications are rated as the three “most important” applied skills . . . • Knowledge of Foreign Languages will “increase in importance” in the next five years, more than any other basic skill . . . • Making Appropriate Choices Concerning Health and Wellness is the No. 1 emerging content area for future graduates entering the U.S. workforce . . . • Creativity/Innovation is projected to “increase in importance” for future workforce entrants, according to more than 70 percent (73.6 percent) of employer respondents . . .” In fact, “respondents’ focus on Creativity/Innovation as an increasingly important future skill coincides with numerous reports that emphasize the capacity to innovate as the single most important element in maintaining U.S. competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness warns that ‘companies that do not embrace innovation as a core business value will fall to global competition.’ The Council further notes that ‘innovation is inherently multidisciplinary in nature’ and observes that ‘the realms of science, politics, culture, business, health care and education are becoming increasingly intertwined.’”
  • Ford PAS students in Michigan present their country briefings for Module 14.
  • Possible implementation options for Ford PAS curriculum materials include the whole curriculum, . . .
  • Picture of Professional Development Institute—we’re working to help teachers build their skills and knowledge too.
  • Example of student work
  • Ford PAS students in San Antonio working on computer-based assignments
  • Possible implementation options for Ford PAS curriculum materials include the whole curriculum, . . .
  • . . . A course focused on building foundational skills . . .
  • . . . One or more courses organized thematically . . .
  • . . . Or using one or more Independent modules within academic courses. Six modules are designed to be used either as part of courses or independently; can be integrated into courses in English or Communications; American History; Statistics; Physics; Engineering or Technology; and Economics These modules typically go into more depth in a single discipline than do the other, more interdisciplinary, modules.
  • Mathematics-enhanced Planning for Business Success (Module 7)—adds two weeks of connected mathematics content into the existing module Calculating Your Future: Planning for Financial Success—introduces students to the skills and knowledge needed to take ownership of their own finances. Students apply concepts of algebra and data analysis to the making of short- and long-term real-world financial decisions. (8 week module) Working Toward Sustainability Science Course consists of four 4-week modules on energy, and, specifically, sustainable energy
  • -for the final bullet, mention Achieve and NGA (go to next slide for quote from MI governor)
  • Ford PAS

    1. 2. <ul><li>“ I always was interested in designing clothing and thought I was a good artist, but until I entered the Ford PAS program I had no idea how those skills might be useful in business. Through Ford PAS, I learned that Web site design might be a good career for me.” </li></ul>— Ford PAS Student Atlanta, Georgia
    2. 3. <ul><li>“ Ford PAS is the ‘broom’ that is sweeping out the cobwebs in our educational environment. Through it, we see that our ancient mode of instruction does not prepare our students for tomorrow’s work force (or today’s for that matter!). We know that we MUST change: Our focus must be on facilitating collaboration and relationships.” </li></ul>— Mathematics Instructor Nashville, Tennessee
    3. 4. Students working in teams in Nashville, TN
    4. 5. <ul><li>“ Ford PAS is focused on enhancing a student’s possibility of going to college and being successful in college. The program highlights for students who have not given strong consideration to college more information about the skills they will need to succeed in higher education.” </li></ul>— Barron Harvey Dean Howard University School of Business
    5. 6. Overview of Ford PAS <ul><li>Why Ford PAS? </li></ul><ul><li>Goals of Ford PAS </li></ul><ul><li>The Ford PAS Program </li></ul><ul><li>What’s New </li></ul>
    6. 7. Why Ford PAS? <ul><li>“ At the high school level, well over one-half of new entrants are deficiently prepared in the most important skills— Oral and Written Communications, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving. College graduates are better prepared . . . but too few are excelling. “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ [W]hile the ‘three Rs’ are still fundamental to any new workforce entrant’s ability to do the job, employers emphasize that applied skills like Teamwork/ Collaboration and Critical Thinking are ‘very important’ to success at work.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for </li></ul><ul><li>21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management, Are They </li></ul><ul><li>Really Ready to Work? (Washington, DC: 2006). </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>“ The most important thing I learned was how to communicate in front of people. I learned multiple things that I could use later in life, so this Ford PAS experience was useful and a memorable one.” </li></ul>— Ford PAS Student Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    8. 9. Student presentations Detroit, MI
    9. 10. What Are the Goals of Ford PAS? <ul><li>Short-Term </li></ul><ul><li>Improve students’ understanding of postsecondary and career opportunities in engineering, technology, business, and related fields </li></ul><ul><li>Improve students’ academic performance, mastery of 21st century skills, motivation to succeed, and commitment to lifelong learning </li></ul>
    10. 11. What Are the Goals of Ford PAS? <ul><li>Long-Term </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the number and diversity of students entering postsecondary education and careers in engineering, technology, business, and related fields </li></ul>
    11. 12. The Ford PAS Program
    12. 13. The Ford PAS Curriculum <ul><li>Consists of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Series of materials for use beginning in 9th or 10th grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 modules, each 6 – 8 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modules designed for flexible use in various course configurations </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Ford PAS Curriculum Materials <ul><li>Offered via : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>“This curriculum is wonderful. Very easy to understand as a teacher. You can pick the book up, open it up, you know what you’re going to do. If you need the resources, you can go online, print them out. You’ve got your handouts right there; you’ve got your activity sheets; you’ve even got tests . . . </li></ul><ul><li>And it’s up-to-date. How many of you teach out of a textbook, and it’s dated 1985? These kids were in diapers then. So we need the things that are up-to-date and that kids can relate to.” </li></ul>— Ford PAS Teacher Nashville, Tennessee
    15. 17. The Ford PAS Curriculum
    16. 18. The Ford PAS Curriculum <ul><li>Challenging Academic Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rigorous Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul></ul>
    17. 20. <ul><li>“Our school saw Ford PAS as a way to take projects to the next level—as an alternative to Advanced Placement classes. . . . Real-world work and the Ford PAS curriculum get kids pointed toward college.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Ford PAS Teacher Providence, RI </li></ul>
    18. 21. The Ford PAS Curriculum <ul><li>21st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem-Solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul>
    19. 22. <ul><li>“ Ford PAS training has provided me with strategies that I can use to help my students prepare themselves for the world of work. The program emphasizes teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills that students must have in order to be able to compete in the real world.” </li></ul><ul><li> – English Teacher </li></ul><ul><li> Nashville, TN </li></ul>
    20. 23. The Ford PAS Curriculum <ul><li>21st Century Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiry-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology integration </li></ul></ul>
    21. 24. <ul><li>“Ford PAS provides hands-on technological experience for my students. This approach will give them a full understanding of technology by making it relevant to the students’ current needs.” </li></ul><ul><li>—Ford PAS Teacher </li></ul>
    22. 25. Students working on computer-based assignments in San Antonio, TX
    23. 26. Ford PAS Implementation Options Student team working in Edinberg, TX
    24. 27. Whole Curriculum <ul><li>All 15 Ford PAS modules </li></ul>
    25. 28. Foundations Course <ul><li>Course comprising several of the introductory modules to develop a foundation in the skills needed for future success </li></ul>
    26. 29. Thematic Courses <ul><li>Courses comprising several Ford PAS modules building on a theme </li></ul>
    27. 30. Independent Modules <ul><li>Individual modules that can be integrated into an academic course </li></ul>
    28. 31. New Ford PAS Curriculum Materials <ul><li>Mathematics-enhanced Planning for Business Success (Module 7) </li></ul><ul><li>Calculating Your Future: Planning for Financial Success </li></ul><ul><li>Working Toward Sustainability Science Course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We All Run on Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy from the Sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Hydrogen the Solution? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nuclear Revolution </li></ul></ul>
    29. 32. The Ford PAS Program Partnerships <ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul><ul><li>State </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
    30. 33. National Ford PAS Community
    31. 34. Settings for Ford PAS <ul><li>Small learning communities* </li></ul><ul><li>Career academies* </li></ul><ul><li>Career/technical education* </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive academic high schools* </li></ul><ul><li>After-school and summer programs* </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory college courses* </li></ul><ul><li>* College credit may be offered to students who meet </li></ul><ul><li>specified standards of performance. </li></ul>
    32. 35. Ford PAS Partners <ul><li>Colleges and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Industry/professional/educational organizations </li></ul><ul><li>State and local government agencies </li></ul><ul><li>School districts </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship organizations </li></ul>
    33. 36. Community Partnerships: Business/Education Advisory Council (BEAC) <ul><li>A BEAC is active at each Ford PAS school/program site or for each cluster of sites. </li></ul><ul><li>The BEAC consists of representatives from local businesses and higher education, families, school administrators, and Ford PAS teachers and students. </li></ul><ul><li>BEAC members enhance the curriculum by providing real-world experiences and opportunities. </li></ul>
    34. 37. <ul><li>“ It’s very important to get out of the classroom because you can only learn so much about business in the classroom. You need to be in offices, meet more people, build networks and, you know, basically live the business life.” </li></ul><ul><li> — Ford PAS Student </li></ul><ul><li> Dearborn, Michigan </li></ul>
    35. 38. Coordinated Learning Experiences (CLEs)
    36. 39. Coordinated Learning Experiences (CLEs) Students in San Antonio, TX have a field trip CLE
    37. 40. Ford PAS Technical Assistance and Professional Development <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide support for program implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a broader learning community </li></ul></ul>
    38. 41. Ford PAS Forum
    39. 42. Ford PAS Network Section
    40. 43. National Ford PAS Scholarship Opportunities <ul><li>HSF/ Ford Motor Company Fund High School Scholarship Program </li></ul><ul><li>AFS-USA Ford PAS Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic College Fund Ford Mi Fuerza Program </li></ul><ul><li>SME Ford PAS Scholarship and Henry Ford Academy Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Ford Motor Company/American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program </li></ul><ul><li>Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program </li></ul><ul><li>SAE/Ford PAS Scholarship </li></ul>
    41. 44. What’s New in Ford PAS <ul><li>State and District-level Collaborations and Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>New Professional Development Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web board (Ford PAS Forum) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes Evaluation RFP </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for U.S. Dept. of Education Study </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition </li></ul>
    42. 45. Upcoming National Ford PAS Events <ul><li>2008 National Networking Conference </li></ul><ul><li>The week of June 23, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Ford PAS Summer Professional Development Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>July 27 – August 3, 2008 </li></ul>
    43. 46. <ul><li>“ As industry demands on the workforce increase, so must student knowledge of academics and 21 st century skills. Ford PAS gives students the opportunity to use those skills in the classroom while connecting real-world situations, problem solving, and hands-on activities to content areas. Ford PAS is the connection between academics and the real world.” </li></ul><ul><li> – Ford PAS Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburg, Texas </li></ul>
    44. 47. <ul><li>“ Ford PAS shows how companies can work with states and communities to prepare today’s young people for success in tomorrow’s workplace. As Ford undergoes its own transition to better compete in the global economy, I commend Ford’s leaders for engineering a solution to aggressively cultivate 21st century job skills in Michigan and across the nation.” </li></ul><ul><li> — Michigan Governor </li></ul><ul><li> Jennifer Granholm </li></ul>