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Educator Leadership Manchester

posted Feb 18, 2015, 5:38 PM by Manchester Foundation for Education
Originally posted on October 15, 2013 by Manchester Foundation for Education under News

Educator Leadership Manchester
October 15, 2013 · 
Pilot Initiative Created to Bridge Gap Between Education and Business Communities
Manchester, NH - Educator Leadership, a program of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce designed to ensure that school teaching is relevant to the skills required of industry, kicks off this month with the support of six colleges and universities and other business-related entities.

Educator Leadership, in its pilot year, will provide 15 teachers, guidance counselors and other educators the opportunity for exposure to and relationships with local businesses and CEOs. The hope is that positive ongoing relationships will be established between the schools and community businesses.

“This program strives to cultivate relationships between the Manchester School District and businesses within Manchester by giving educators an in-depth look at businesses in order to gain insight into the work ethic and skill sets needed to succeed in today’s – and more importantly, tomorrow’s – workforce, said Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce President Robin Comstock. “Educators will gain first-hand knowledge about various industries and what is needed to succeed in them, and can then impart that knowledge to students, enabling them to become healthy, productive citizens, well-prepared for employment.”

The structure of the program is to bring participating educators into the workplace of local businesses to learn more about businesses’ needs and their interests in the future workforce. Ultimately, the objective is to provide educators with a hands-on experience about what businesses require from high school graduates. It is hoped that this program will be able to tactically align the jobs needed with the education given. Students crave more information about careers, and this initiative will allow businesses to provide information about their industries and company that can be relayed to students through curriculum and other venues, providing for a stronger connection with businesses and the community.

Organized by an Educator Leadership Greater Manchester Steering Committee, the program is modeled after the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s successful Leadership Greater Manchester (LGM) program. Middle and high school educators participate in the E-LGM program one time per month from October to June. Each month is dedicated to a specific industry. Business segments include hospitality, technology, retail, law, government, non-profit, engineering, STEM and public safety (police & fire).

“It has never been more important for businesses and educators to work together and we are thrilled that the Chamber has taken the lead in providing a top-notch leadership program that will foster important relationships, the impact of which has the potential to be significant,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston.

Educator Leadership Greater Manchester sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor - Southern New Hampshire University/Corporate Sponsors – Granite State College, Manchester Community College, Saint Anselm College and the University of NH at Manchester /Supporting Sponsors – Manchester Foundation for Education, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Radisson Hotel Manchester and the Manchester Transit Authority.