FHSD Educators Participate in New Teacher Externship Initiative

Posted on 02/26/2020
FHSD theater teachers tour the sound room at Lindenwood University

Our amazing teachers in FHSD go above and beyond every day to ensure our students are receiving the best possible education. As part of a new initiative, District teachers recently participated in a teacher externship day. The educators visited various businesses, corporations, and post-secondary institutions in the area and gathered knowledge from college professors and field experts that can be translated back to their classrooms for the benefit of students.

The teachers learned more about the technical and hard skills that are important to be successful in college as well as the workforce. During the visits, professors and workforce experts also emphasized the importance of soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. “My hope is that teachers can start embedding those skills daily into their instruction,” said District College & Career Specialist, Katie Vargas. “We want to make sure that students master these skills before they leave the school district and head out into the real world.”

FHSD theater teachers visit Lindenwood UniversityTeachers were able to receive feedback on their current educational goals during the externship. Those who visited the post-secondary institutions also learned about specific programs available to students. FHC Theater Director Cori Stallard visited Lindenwood University’s Theater Department for her teacher externship. “It is a huge opportunity for us at the high school level to see what the universities and colleges are looking for in their theater students. It lets us make a much more powerful impact in what we teach inside our classroom and helps us start to shape our students into the future professionals they are seeking to hire once finished with their education.”

While the theater teachers toured J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood, others visited Ranken Technical School, Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, Express Scripts, and Goldfarb School of Nursing. “Our teachers work very hard in the classroom and don’t always have time to venture out of the school building,” shared Vargas. “The information that teachers are receiving from our community partners is priceless.” Not only does it allow our educators to grow as professionals, but it also impacts our students as they learn and work towards becoming future professionals.

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