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The Business/Education Partnership Forum is a resource for anyone involved with or interested in building successful partnerships between business and education. The Forum offers a directory of resources, list of organizations active in the field, and regular updates of news and announcements through its free monthly e-newsletter.

New Partnership Resources

NASSMC has announced the availability of “The SAI Guide to Building Effective STEM Education Programs” as part of its new STEM Accelerator Initiative. The guide offers step-by-step guidance to building an effective STEM education program. (January 2008)

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The US Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce has published “Workplace Flexibility,” which details how employers are responding to changes in the workforce. (December 2007)

The US Chamber of Commerce has just released “Innovation America: A Public/Private Partnership,” a guide for business on how to work with state leaders to support and promote innovation at the regional and state levels. (October 2007)

The San Jose Education Foundation has made a webcast available of a recent forum titled “Investing in Education: Why Private Dollars Matter,” which includes speakers from the Knight Foundation, Adobe Systems, Stanford University, Applied Materials, and the Franklin McKinley School District. (September 2007)

The Education Commission of the States has released “The Progress of Education Reform: Economic and Workforce Development,” which makes the case for states to implement policies that support the use of career pathways to increase college completion and to meet state workforce needs. (August 2007)

The Education Commission of the States provides an overview of state-level legislation designed to engage institutions of higher education in economic development. Includes information on the involvement of workforce councils and economic development boards. See “Policies to Engage Postsecondary Education in State Economic Development” for more. (September 2007)

Articles and Announcements

McDonald’s Allowed to Award UK High School Diplomas – CNBC (January 28, 2008)

NFL gives school another $1 mil – Arizona Republic (Jauary 26, 2008)

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Employers want new way to judge graduates beyond tests, grades – USA Today (January 23, 2008)

“Green” classes catch on in CPS – Cincinnati Enquirer (January 22, 2008)

Stop shortfall of vocational workers, say educators – Des Moines Register (January 22, 2008)

School music program reaching a crescendo – Boston Globe (January 20, 2008)

DISD is looking to the future with high school career academies – Dallas Morning News (January 16, 2008)

U.S. Department of Labor announces $10 million competition to expand workforce system support of science, technology, engineering and math careers – USDOL press release (January 15, 2008)

A recipe for learning – Newport News Daily Press (January 14, 2008)

Governor Beebe Announces Initiative to Increase Arkansas Workforce Readiness – press release, Arkansas governor’s office (January 14, 2008)

New Year Brings New Beginnings for More Than 300 Chicago Public School Students Awarded $18.5 Million in Scholarships – Siemens Building Technologies press release (January 9, 2008)

New Business Roundtable Series Highlights U.S. Business Community’s Commitment to Improving U.S. Education Performance – Business Roundtable press release (January 9, 2008)

Microsoft Specialist To Address Both Plenary Sessions of Global Education Forum – Al Bawaba (January 13, 2008)

Corporate grantmakers rally to the cause of education – Philanthropy News Digest (January 12, 2008)

Orlando Edgewater High School teaches computer language – Orlando Sentinel (January 6, 2008)

Teacher’s curiosity about nature leads to Costa Rica tour – San Diego Union-Tribune (January 4, 2008)

Regional summits to promote statewide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education opportunities – MN Department of Education press release (January 3, 2008)

The Goldman Sachs Foundation Commits Nearly $100,000 to Promote Financial Literacy through Junior Achievement Programs – Junior Achievement press release (December 21, 2007)

The U.S. could lose top talent – Christian Science Monitor (December 31, 2007)

Teachers go to Web for funding – Baltimore Sun (December 26, 2007)

Guidelines for Education Reform – Tom Donohue, US Chamber Magazine (December 18, 2007)

Losing Our Way on Education – Tom Donohue, US Chamber Magazine (December 11, 2007)

The commercialisation of our classrooms – BBC News (December 9, 2007)

Program opens girls’ eyes to math, science careers – Arizona Republic (December 5, 2007)

Science contest glass ceiling shattered – Boston Globe (December 3, 2007)

An Interview with Marlene Seltzer: Achieving the American Dream – EdNews.org (December 3, 2007)

Work-ready engineers to flow from Oracle Training Academy in Knowledge Economic City Al Madinah – EdNews.org (November 27, 2007)

Board of Education Approves Recommended High School Program of Studies – Massachusetts Department of Education press release (November 25, 2007)

When it’s time to make a change, many gravitate toward classroom – Providence Journal (November 25, 2007)

Bayer Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Grants to Support Science and Environmental Education, Sustainability – Bayer press release (November 21, 2007)

Bredesen is right to urge Teach Tennessee program – Tennessean (November 21, 2007)

‘Studio schools’ to teach problem students how to run businesses – Daily Mail (November 19, 2007)

English, Algebra, Phys Ed … and Biotech – New York Times (November 18, 2007)

Business leaders say WA students need to be taught creativity – Seattle Post-Intelligencer (November 17, 2007)

Scientists Nurture Teachers’ Growth in Math and Science – Education Week (November 16, 2007)

New schools would train for tech jobs – Richmond Times-Dispatch (November 16, 2007)

Skills drive to boost workforce – BBC News (November 16, 2007)

Motorola Foundation Grants $3.5 Million to Inspire Next Generation of Inventors – Motorola press release (November 14, 2007)

The Oracle Education Foundation Helps Educators Worldwide Prepare Students For Success In A Global Economy – Oracle press release (November 5, 2007)

Partnering with Business Coalitions – ACTE Techniques (November/December 2007) – PDF File