Strong relationships with local academy partners is the key to building effective business engagement in our high schools. The Academies of Nashville provide students with meaningful, hands-on learning in context through unique partnerships with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The Teacher Team Externship Program gives teachers an opportunity to have a real-world professional experience at a host organization to develop a project-based curriculum that gives students industry exposure and applied learning. Teachers from Glencliff High School had the opportunity to have an externship with their business partner, the Parthenon, the Metro Arts Commission, and Earl Swensson Associates.
The Glencliff High School Freshman Academy team consisted of Jessica Abarquez, Tara Worthey, and Linda Wynkoop. We visited The Parthenon, the Metro Arts Commission, and Earl Swensson Associates. We loved seeing how people took different pathways to their careers. This perspective will help us in guiding students towards their own pathways. Since the name of our project is called “My Personal Odyssey,” it is our hope that students will leave their ninth grade year with a strong sense of direction regarding the rest of their high school career. All of the places we visited showed us different aspects of career planning.