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How Can I Participate? - Background Information for LT Hosts/Presenters

Thank you, in advance, for the generosity of your time in making our day a success!

In preparation for your presentation, we have included some background information on your audience and the goals of the program:

The teachers involved in this yearlong program are a diverse group. We have K-12 teachers from five to eight school districts involved in the program, with various backgrounds in terms of subject specialty, grade level instruction, and years of teaching experience.

One thing the participants do have in common is their interest in exploring cutting edge issues in the real world, skills and qualities businesses value in employees, and creative new ways for businesses and schools to partner in supporting and enriching classroom learning. With these goals in mind, some key points you might consider addressing in your talk include:

  • Background information about yourself and your educational/career path
  • Background information about your business
  • Pressing issues faced by your company or industry
  • Vision of future hiring needs in your company or industry
  • Skills, attributes, qualities your company looks for in employees
  • Examples of ways in which your company gives back to the community and/or resource opportunities your company offers to educators/students, such as internship programs.

Below are specific topics/issues/questions LT participants have asked past business presenters to address:

  • It is helpful and interesting to compare common issues that the business and education community share. For example, during Technology Day we heard about different situations that the hosting business found held back the productivity of their employees and then went on to learn about different ways they have worked as a company to improve their employees productivity.
  • I would like to hear more from the business community about what they would like schools to do so that we could be on the same page.
  • It is very helpful to hear how companies operate (community building, stress balance, etc.) and what companies are looking for in new hires.
  • It is very helpful to know what sorts of jobs are out there in the real world so that we can help inform our students.
  • We would like to learn about partnership opportunities with local businesses and what the business community might be able to offer the classroom to enrich curriculum.
  • I would like to know what companies want to see in a well-educated individual.

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