FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - More than 100 Broward County teachers toured a commercial print shop, Monday, so they could better understand the skills needed for their students to get jobs.
The tour was part of a program for teachers to learn about different industries where their students might be able to get jobs after they graduate high school.
Dillard High School Principal Casandra Robinson said teachers can take what they learned into the classroom.
“It’s an opportunity for 132 teachers to go out in the field and discover and find out what industry needs are, in correlation to what they’re actually teaching in their classrooms,” Robinson said.
Steve Wasserman from the Council for Educational Change said they want teachers to teach practical skills, as well as what’s in students’ textbook.
“We want to make industry and textbook learning relevant,” Wasserman said.
The facility teachers toured Monday was a commercial print shop that produces, among other things, baseball cards. Teachers also learned about industries specific to South Florida, such as the yachting and marine industries.
Eighth grade teacher Sherry Dixon said they can bring certain skills they learned about back to the classroom.
“We can see what the kids need, to teach the certain skills, that’s to make sure that we’re keeping in line with common core,” Dixon said.
Elizabeth Dinlocker, an 11th grade teacher, said the program will help them prepare students to show up for work.
“Prepare our students to show up everyday, show up without issues and show up ready to work,” Dinlocker said.
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