Southcoast Education Compact Launches Mathematics Teacher Externship Program

DARTMOUTH, MA. During the summer months, local educators and businesspersons will explore the connection between the mathematics courses that students study in school and the math challenges they face in the workplace. This innovative program is part of a new teacher externship program taking place in nine businesses in the region. The Mathematics Teacher Externship Program (MTEP) will place b n teachers in a local business for two days to team with an employee on a specific math-related project or experience.

DARTMOUTH, MA. – During the summer months, local educators and businesspersons will explore the connection between the mathematics courses that students study in school and the math challenges they face in the workplace. This innovative program is part of a new teacher externship program taking place in nine businesses in the region. The Mathematics Teacher Externship Program (MTEP) will place b n teachers in a local business for two days to team with an employee on a specific math-related project or experience. 

The goal is to identify the kind of math required for jobs in a knowledge-based economy and to bring that information back into classrooms to strengthen the curriculum that prepares students for college and the workplace. 

MTEP is a project of the SouthCoast Education Compact, an education partnership between business leaders, area school superintendents, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bristol Community College to address the level of educational attainment in the South Coast region. On June 14, thirteen teachers met with their business partners for the MTEP externships at a reception and orientation at UMass Dartmouth sponsored by the Education Compact. Superintendents of participating schools and the CEOs of participating businesses also took part in the orientation. 

Education Compact co-chairs Dr. Jean MacCormack, Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, John Day, CEO of Southcoast Health System, and Wayne Lague, Wareham Superintendent of Schools addressed those in attendance and described the participating teachers and businesses as “education pioneers” in the region. 

School districts that are participating in MTEP project this summer include Dartmouth, Diocese of Fall River, Fairhaven, Freetown-Lakeville, Somerset, Old Rochester Regional, Wareham, and Westport. Participating companies that are providing these teachers with meaningful externship opportunities are Slade’s Ferry Bank, Precix, Inc., The Standard-Times, Feitelberg Insurance, Milhench Supply Co., Riverside Manufacturing Corp., Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding, Sippican, Inc., and Southcoast Health System. 

Following the summer externships, the teachers and educators will come together in the fall to analyze they what they learned and to plan next steps. 

The SouthCoast Education Compact was established in 1995 as a higher education, business and education partnership to support kindergarten through college education reform. For the past four years, the Compact has been working to implement initiatives that support educational attainment in the region’s schools while promoting regionalism as a way to collectively address educational issues in the South Coast. One of the Compact’s sub-committees, the Business/Education Leadership Initiative, developed the idea for the math teacher externships out of a desire to better align school math curriculum with the knowledge and skills necessary for the workplace. Mike Walther, President and CEO of Precix, Inc., and Mary Lou Clarke, Assistant Superintendent of Dartmouth Public Schools, co-chair that sub-committee. 

For further information, contact Marjorie Condon at 508-999-8735. 


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