We have been hearing a slogan for months now that I know can help us solve our educational dilemmas: We are "stronger together."
So how does that work?
I have worked with the Denver Broncos to "Tackle STEM" in Colorado. They have hosted two "Innovators in STEM" events for Ten80 Education and Partners Driving STEM. In turn our team created STEM lessons based on their favorite sport. The Broncos are a for profit group that wants to add value to their community while making their brand and business grow. These goals do not have to be exclusive of one another as they are proving in the Denver area. If your students are more interested in sports than math, take a look at the lessons on the website:
Neither schools nor businesses can meet educational or workforce goals if working in isolation. This is why Partners in STEM is dedicated to growing networks of support that are public-private partnerships working together for students and the US economy.
In 2012 the Stanford Social Innovation Review published research that made the case that "The complex nature of most social problems belies the idea that any single program or organization, however well managed and funded, can single handedly create lasting
If you know of any working public-private initiatives in your local area I would be interested in learning about them.