INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO TOMORROW'S CAREERS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
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A group of middle school students get to hear a presentation on water pressure and how it relates to mathematics.

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Not sure how to incorporate STEM into your high-quality preschool or early learning program?

Helping You and Your Students 

The Alliance for Education continues to partner with school districts, postsecondary partners and community and faith-based organizations to support efforts in providing early learning experiences and parent education.

The Alliance for Education also helps connect educators like you to invaluable resources. Check out the web links below to see how you can bring science into your program or classroom.

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If you or your organization would like to partner with the Alliance, please contact us for more information.

Crown Toyota of Ontario plans to "Crown" two schools as winners in classroom contest

Mobile Learning Center Docent Video from The Wyland Foundation on Vimeo.

Helping You and Your Students

In fall 2011, 20 local teachers received an Exploring Aquatic Ecosystems water curriculum kit as a gift made possible by John Elway's Crown Toyota of Ontario. Classes who received the curriculum are participating in a contest to win one of two visits from the The Mobile Learning Center (MLC) in spring, 2012.

MLC is a 1,000 square foot exhibit on wheels that travels directly to schools and includes science exhibits, computer models, and actual running rivers and rain. Crown Toyota will generously award visits to the two winning schools by the Wyland Clean Water MLC on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, 2012.

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For a detailed overview of the water curriculum kit, please click here or visit the Wyland Foundation's website.

Start your engines! Middle school students use their math skills to calculate force versus height at the Auto Club Speedway Mathematics and Science Day

How it Inspires Our Kids

More than 500 middle school students from eight San Bernardino County school districts were inspired to put their mathematics and science skills to use at the second Mathematics & Science Day at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana March 25, 2011.

The all day student event included math and science labs on speed, acceleration, mass, force, and friction. Students had an opportunity to hear and learn from:

  • Dave Rogers, crew chief of the No. 18 M&M's Sprint Cup Toyota Camry at Joe Gibbs Racing for driver Kyle Busch
  • Rutledge Wood, SPEEDTV personality and co-host of "Top Gear" on the History Channel
  • Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson and other cartoon characters.

Students also watched the movie "NASCAR: The IMAX Experience" to learn more about the history and science of NASCAR racing. The event was led by the Auto Club Speedway, the Alliance for Education and the Science, Environmental Education and Service Learning Programs.

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We would love to get your students involved in the Mathematics and Science Day, and the many other STEM related events led by the Alliance for Education. Contact us here and we will work to inspire your students through hands-on learning opportunities!

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When are we EVER going to have to use this?

If you've taught for any length of time, it's certain that you've heard this question: 
"When are We EVER going to have to use this?"

 Here's a great answer from an educator.

"Beats me," I usually answer. "You can't even tell me definitively what you'll be doing next month, forget about four years from now. How can I definitively say when or whether you'll use THIS? All I can say is that it is useful in certain situations (the word problems in this section are limited versions of the same problems some people face daily), useful as mathematical development for later work (which may be a prerequisite for the course or job you really wanted) or is mental development to expand your brain beyond the limited understanding and very limited world-view you currently have. I'm not being critical here — you really have no experience at life. How could you possibly know the utility of everything you're learning?"

"You have millions of possibilities ahead of you, thousands of doors along this hallway you call life. Writing ability will unlock many of them, artistic ability others, mathematical ability many more. Some may require that you speak English well — certainly 95% of the jobs in this country do. Some will require a little of everything. Each of these doors is along a different stretch of hallway, sort of like that fractal tree over to the right. Each educational decision you make takes you down one branch or another, closing off some possibilities and making others available. To switch from one branch of the tree to another may require a little backtracking to pick up things that you could be learning now. I have no idea which doors will interest you so I have to lay a very broad groundwork and push you in directions you may not immediately see any need for. You have to trust that, over the course of many years and many students, I have a good sense of what you might need and of what you may find interesting after we're done."

"How do I know this? I talk to my students after they graduate. They tell me what they found useful or pointless. I get all kinds of stories about topics that we covered here that directly applied to something they were working on, stories about being the only one who really understood something the professor was trying to say. There aren't many complaints that we spent too much time on a topic they never saw again."

"If there is ever a commonality in the comments of returning graduates, it's this: 'I never imagined that THAT would be useful. I was surprised when it showed up. So was the professor — he was grateful SOMEONE knew about it.'
So, next time your students ask the question, there's an answer that opens your students possibilities, dreams and potentials.

The Alliance for Education continues to partner with schools and districts to help provide real world examples of relevance. If you're looking for ways to integrate relevance and generate engagement with your students, check out the Alliance's ABLE videos and resources.

Trash to Fighting Fires: ABLE Day at Yucaipa High School Applies Mathematics to Today’s Careers

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Helping You and Your Students

The Alliance for Education, through its ABLE program, brought four distinguished speakers to Yucaipa High School to teach students how mathematics applies to their future careers. The half day event filled with interactive presentations allowed students to learn about and be inspired by:

  • "Fighting Fires With Algebra" by Firefighter Tom Rubio
  • "Hold Me Back: Volume and Dimensional Analysis" by Caltrans Construction Lead Jerry De Santos
  • "Who Wants to Be a Trash Man: Graphing" by Compliance Auditor David Fisher
  • "Surveyor Math: Pythagorean Theorem" by Surveyor Duane Friel

"Real world application of Algebra is not something our students are not regularly exposed to. ABLE Day gave our students an understanding of how mathematics can help you achieve a successful, high-paying — and fun! — career." Yucaipa High School Assistant Principal Christina Pierce

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We would love to bring ABLE Day to your school, and we aren't limited to just Algebra! Contact us and we will work with you to bring ABLE Day to your school.

How can businesses actively engage in preparing your students with workforce Skills?

Helping You and Your Students

Technical Employment Training Inc. (TET), is a model for what can occur when business, education, and workforce development work together surrounding a common cause. The manufacturing industry sector can be a significant economic engine for the Inland Empire, yet the industry is suffering from a shortage of skilled workers.

In addressing the labor market needs, the CEO of Kelly Space and Technology Inc., and the San Bernardino County Regional Occupational Program joined forces with the County's Workforce Development department and began working together to develop a solution. The result was the creation of the Technical Employment Training Inc., a non-profit 501 (C) 3. TET Inc, was established utilizing existing resources and leveraging new resources through its foundation structure.

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If you would like to join the Alliance for Education and help prepare students for tomorrow's careers, contact us here and we'll get you started. Just a few hours of your time can inspire students for years to come.