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Teachers in Industry Updates

Posted By Linda Coyle, Sunday, October 23, 2016

Teachers IN Industry- Partnering with Business to Prepare the Future Workforce

Through a partnership between local business leaders, school advocates, and members of the University of Arizona, we developed a new model of collaboration between industry and education. It is a model for a productive partnership between the industry and classrooms and is effective in its implementation in how educators, school districts, and private industry can work together to benefit all parties in an effort to increase student success and teacher retention.

Teachers in Industry was started in 2009 as a collaboration between the University of Arizona’s College of Education, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Values Teachers, and Raytheon Missile Systems as a way to address the educational crisis in Tucson, Arizona.  Currently, the program has expanded its partnerships to include, teachers and schools across Arizona and more than 40 industry partners. Teachers in Industry offers teachers a combination of paid summer work experiences in Arizona businesses and industries together with intensive university coursework leading to either a Master’s degree with a focus on STEM education or professional development credits. Teachers in Industry addresses two critical issues in Arizona: the crisis of STEM teacher retention in Arizona and the lack of student preparation in K-12 for the STEM workforce.

Recently, Teachers in Industry fall 2016 graduates presented their culminating projects both in Tucson and at SRP’s Pera Club in Tempe. Throughout our program, teachers reflect upon their practices and goals and consider strategies that will engage all their students in learning these skills along with relevant STEM content.  Teachers base these goals and strategies directly on what they have learned through their summer workplace experiences and learning.  Their culminating project involves nearly a year of work in their classrooms as they gather data, then translate what they have learned about their students and their teaching into a poster and summary document.  These are available on our program website (direct link), For further information see:

or contact: Martha W. Ostheimer, Director of Business Development

Teachers in Industry Phone:   (520)621- 5352
College of Education North 
1501 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson Az 85721

Figure 1: Graduating teachers, program faculty, and business representatives at SRP's Pera Club reception.

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