Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Practical, Purposeful Pedagogy

For 20 years, The South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators has been an innovative partnership between business and education designed to help educators better prepare students for the workforce. The program operated by The Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey challenges fourth through twelfth grade teachers to address the economy and readiness of the future workforce. Five hundred teachers have studied the regional economy and the employee skills, attitudes and characteristics that businesses seek. Teachers incorporate lessons learned into their curriculum and have reached more than 50,000 students. Educators engage with businesses and institutions such as the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia and discuss issues with legislators, government regulators, and CEOs of big and small businesses. This study assesses the outcomes of the program for efficacy and persistence.