The 2013 school year is cruising along at the speed of light and the CEO: Collaborative and Enterprising Opportunity program is preparing to launch in November. This year, I am proud to have an all star team of students who arrived to my classroom in September motivated and eager to learn.
This year, I will continue the collaborative effort with business leaders who bravely joined my classroom including Jackie Bernardi, Owner of Personal Skin Solutions in California and Carey Jolliffe, owner of Carey Jolliffe Graphics in Colorado. These business leaders will act as the executive mentors for five weeks to guide students through the arduous task of writing the business plan. This year I will invite CEO’s from major corporations to join the collaborative conversation.
My “all-stars” are looking to create a dream team of CEO’s to meet with as a class over the course of the year. In my business classroom, I encourage my students to take control of their learning in a project based learning environment.
My CEO students are inspiring me as a teacher and students have ideas that go beyond thinking outside of the box. Based on student feedback, I am going to invite a dream team of CEO’s to Skype with the entire class periodically throughout the year.
The companies we will contact via Twitter and telephone include, but are not limited to: Nike, Google, Ford, The Trump Organization, Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Twitter. Students frequently have a vision that is nothing short of inspirational. I hope we can connect with some of the “dream team” the students created. If anyone reading this blog has an idea of a company that would be interested in participating, please tweet me @PatriciaRagan1.
In the design phase of the CEO program, my overriding goal was to have students learn from business owners from across the country and globe via Skype regarding how to write the business plan. I utilized the business owners as content experts to teach the student, aka future entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and students alike were working well outside of comfort zones creating a dynamic learning environment where literally anything can happen. Two of my students were sent business books for Christmas last year and one had an offer to expand to the West Coast.
CEO will be presented at the 2014 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum to be held in Barcelona, Spain in March. Company logos that participate in the program will be represented on my project display as they were at the Microsoft Partner’s in Learning NorthEast Forum held at The School of the Future in Philadelphia. Publicity is a major asset to companies that contribute to our success.
Wish the CEO students luck as we embark on a new journey with the CEO program!
* Special thank you to Canastota Apprentice student Sam Clark for helping me re-design my EduBlog