Jefferson County Public Schools Job Shadowing Program
Evolving out of the Education Committee in 1992, this program began with the simple idea of making the connection between the skills learned in school and how they come into play in the workplace
.Students were placed with a mentor and “shadowed” them for the course of a week. Implemented in several modules throughout the school year and in more than 15 professional fields more than 2000 students received a “real life” introduction into the daily challenges and rewards to be accomplished across a broad spectrum of career choices
.In 1996 The Harvard Graduate School of Education adopted the program as a framework for an “applied lab” and the program has since gone on to become the model for similar programs in Kansas City, Baltimore, St. Louis and Phoenix.
funds the purchase of the latest in educational technology for teachers. Awarded to teachers with a lifetime system, software, and peripherals upgrade, the board allow teachers to include methodologies such as distance teaching, inter-active learning, and the real time tracking of work by individual students performing on integrated electronic “slates” or pads.
Preliminary results show those students exposed to curriculum presented with SmartBoards achieved higher test scores with a greater degree of retention and ability to implement learned skill sets across multiple disciplines.
The Boards are now standard throughout the county with plans by 2020 to have Boards available for every grade level across all public and parochial schools in Jefferson County.
Building on the success of the Job Shadowing Program the High5 Project looked to create opportunities for supplemental focus on areas of interest beyond the core curriculum. With a generous matching grant from the McConnell Clark Foundation, L3C raised over $1million to “expand the window learning” and inspire kids to maximize their potential with an eye toward post-secondary success and beyond.