2020-2021 Professional Development Opportunities

MEBA offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators, business leaders and community members including career expos, contextual teaching and learning seminars, field studies, financial literacy workshops, and more.

MEBA’s Educator Field Studies Series provides Midlands educators with a front row seat to learn about various industries within the 16 career clusters as well as related career paths, required skills and education, labor market statistics and workforce trends. Educators take what they learn back to the classroom, adding relevance to core curriculum and better preparing future employees. The series also promotes networking among educators and industry professionals creating extended learning opportunities and partnerships.

The registration for each opportunity will be posted four weeks prior to the event.  Since space is limited, we ask that you please only register if you intend on attending the event.  There is no charge for participants from Richland, Lexington and Fairfield County schools. A $75 registration fee is required for participants out of the MEBA service area or a non-participating MOA school district.

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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting

August 28, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a NEW YEAR KICK OFF CDF Networking Meeting on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors
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Creating Career Connections Symposium (C3)

September 23, 2020
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a Creating Career Connections Symposium (C3) on Thursday, September 23, 2020 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Target Audience: Career Specialists, School Counselors, Teachers and Administrators

The Symposium will showcase many Midlands Hot Jobs, highlighting training requirements, job responsibilities, workforce needs and employer expectations. Participants will have the opportunity to network with local business partners, attend breakout sessions and visit resource books to learn more.

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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting

October 29, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a CDF Networking Meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors

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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting

December 11, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a CDF Networking Meeting on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors
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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting

February 19, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a CDF Networking Meeting on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors
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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting

April 23, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a CDF Networking Meeting on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors
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Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting - Best Practice Share

May 14, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual
MEBA will host a CDF Networking Meeting [BEST PRACTICE SHARE] on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Target Audience: Career Specialists, Work-based Learning Coordinators and School Counselors
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Teachers In The Workplace I --- SUMMER 2021

- INTERNSHIP TITLE: Teachers in the Workplace - (a second level course will be offered to educators already completing TWP I)
- INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: The internship exposes the educator to the business world. The internship is designed to provide career exploration based on subject matter and technical skill requirements. The internship will show educators how to connect work-based learning experiences to school-based learning.
- INTERNSHIP RATIONALE: The internship is offered for re-certification credit only. (40 contact hours)
MEBA will work with school districts to recruit educators. (promote during MEBA events, through digital communications and support from superintendents and CTE Directors)
- INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Call, Regional Career Specialist, Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA) / Office 803-732-5258 Cell 803-446-1492

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

- GOAL: The goal of this internship is to allow the educator an opportunity to examine the relationship between business and industry and the school setting and how to assist students to make the transition from student learner to valuable employee. The purpose of the “Teachers in the Workplace” internship is to afford educators the opportunity to explore in-depth, the real workplace. This internship is an opportunity for educators to learn the current business technology and interpersonal skills used in the workplace. The educator should plan to spend 40 working hours, on site, in a local industry, under a qualified on-site supervisor.

OBJECTIVES
The student will:
1. Develop an increased awareness of the requirements of the world of work.
2. Develop an awareness of the opportunities and experiences that business and industry can offer to educators and students alike.
3. Develop a working relationship with business and industry in the Midlands area.
4. Develop activities that tie their particular internships offered to activities that business and industry practice on a daily basis. (Assist in answering the question" When we will ever use this?")
5. Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the role business and industry can play in their classrooms.
6. Develop a list of new partnership opportunities based on classmate’s worksite experiences. (MEBA to give contact information sheet to all participants)

--- INSTRUCTOR WILL VISIT EACH WORKSITE PERIODICALLY DURING THE WEEK ---

Assessments / Final Products required in this internship:

1. Submit a signed internship agreement form to the Midlands Education and Business Alliance prior to the first day of the internship.

2. Complete 32 hours of on-site professional development in an appropriate business/industry setting, as well as attend two class meetings.

3. Compose and send thank you notes/letters to your company representatives.

4. Develop a list of the "TOP FIVE" characteristics/ traits that you find common among employees in your industry. You will rank those characteristics/ traits in order of importance as you see them.

5. Develop a lesson plan, project or event to utilize your knowledge gained in the internship at your school, district or place of employment. Summarize that lesson or project, with details, in a one-page summary.

6. Oral Presentation: This presentation should last between three and five minutes. The purpose of the presentation is to inform fellow classmates of where you worked, how the company operates, what different areas you worked in, how you will incorporate activities into your classroom / school and what benefits you received from this experience. This presentation will allow your classmates to begin building their business connections from the various sites that participated in the program. (Even though they did not actually get to visit all sites) Participants should come away with a list of new partnership opportunities.

SPECIAL NOTE -- MEBA may contact you during the school year to conduct a survey or do a sit-in observation of how the Teachers in the Workplace internship made you a more knowledgeable educator or attend an event based on your knowledge from the Teachers in the Workplace course.

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