Why they work
Teacher externships offer teachers the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working in industries related to the subjects they teach in order to enhance their curriculum and educate their students on both the hard and soft skills required to enter the workforce.
While many externships take similar shape, the way in which the programs are executed varies from state to state. Below are ways in which Hawaii, Iowa and Tennessee, three states with successful externships programs, have similar and differing approaches.
In Tennessee, externships are incorporated into the classroom based on how the teacher sees fit, but they must provide a presentation on what that will look like.
In Hawaii, teachers must plan and teach at least three lessons on skills they took away from their externship that follow industry and course standards. They also host a 500-person state career and technical education conference, where business hosts and teacher externs share their experiences.
In Iowa, teachers must develop a project or problem-based learning unit that reflects an issue related to their externship or one they specifically worked on over the summer. The host business comes in during the school year to evaluate the student projects and solutions. Teachers also receive one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing Education program.
We compared six states that host teacher externship programs. Here’s what we found:
The Maryland Chamber Foundation Teacher Externship Program
Our Teacher Externship Program is a four-week summer program that bridges the gap between businesses and educators by pairing high school teachers with top Maryland businesses that can provide hands-on experience in industries related to the subjects they teach.
For more information on the Maryland Chamber Foundation, contact Whitney Harmel at the Maryland Chamber Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-269-0642, ext. 1117.