Teacher in the Workplace is a grant program where it connects educators to local business leaders and employers. Teachers can visit local employers to learn new skills and industry trends. Through this program, kindergarten through post-secondary educators, counselors, and administrators learn more about industry trends, needs, and opportunities – which supports and enhances college and career preparations in classrooms across Pennsylvania. The grant helps improve educators’ classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.
Governor Tom Wolf revealed that $2.2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants were given to 92 local education agencies. Each LEA will receive a $25,000 Targeted Grant. The Bucks IU was a part of the 92 local education agencies who received this.
Bucks IU Director of Programs and Services, Dr. Rachel Holler, stated that, “The Bucks IU is pleased to receive a $25,000 Teacher in the Workplace Grant to support Bucks County teachers. The grant funding will support three, 3‑day Career Academies in the Summer of 2020 that are focused on the following career clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Health Sciences; and Manufacturing and Entrepreneurism. Each Career Academy will consist of three site visits and one day of developing a project-based lesson plan to be implemented in participating teachers’ classrooms in September 2020.”
The Bucks IU is grateful for this opportunity to expand their educators on implementing new skill sets in their classrooms based on industry trends.