Many school administrators are enthusiastic about implementing new educational initiatives but have their plans thwarted because they are faced with the reality of insufficient resources. This can greatly limit the expansion of K-12 educational programs and deprive students of valuable learning opportunities. Additionally, teacher preparation programs are required to meet state mandates such as providing field experiences for preservice teachers that promote the authentic application of knowledge in PK-12 classrooms, but regional competition for placement opportunities create tremendous obstacles for higher education faculty. This essay describes the creation and implementation of a mission-centered mutually beneficial K-12 and intercollegiate partnership that eventuated in new STEM programming for K-12 schools and valuable field experiences for preservice teachers. Benefits of the collaborative venture are identified and recommendations for overcoming mutual challenges within the context of shared mission are presented.
"Mission-Centered Collaborative Bridges to Increase STEM Motivations,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 5:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol5/iss2/9
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