The Henry Ford (THF) will scale its Innovation Education Incubator (IEI) pilot, turning it into a national initiative. IEI is a research and development project that seeks to give children access to the critical ideas, content and problem-solving skills that will enable him or her to fully participate in the global economy.
This commitment will: 1) Train 5,000 teachers to teach innovation. 2) Provide 125,000 students with a curriculum designed to teach them how to "think and act" like innovators. 3) Continue to gather qualitative and quantitative evidence that THF's innovation curricula, and teaching and learning tools are effective, compelling and inspiring for teachers and students.
The IEI pilot "framework" of teacher recruitment, training, implementation and evaluation will be used as a model for the scale-up. THF has IEI pilot teachers from five states eager and interested to adopt the curriculum, as well as many teachers from corporate partner states. THF has a national database of nearly 15,000 teachers and THF partner, PBS Learning Media, has a database of more than 250,000 teachers. THF will tap these resources to recruit and engage the projected teachers.
During the first year, THF will focus on master project planning and strategic partnership formation for fund development and distribution. THF will form a virtual advisory committee and network of support. Meritor and other corporate partners, PBS Learning Media, IEI pilot teacher leaders, and new partners will develop a comprehensive national awareness-building and phased growth campaign which is essential for this commitment's success and sustainability.
New accompanying digital curricula "STEM 101" and "Workforce 101" will be developed, utilizing existing and new innovator interviews.
THF plans to jump start the scale-up commitment with recruiting and training 500 teachers from its existing teacher pools. Once recruited and trained, the first group of teachers will start implementing the curricula in their classrooms.
2013-2014: Train up to 500 teachers/12,500 students.
2014-2015: Train up to 1,000 teachers/25,000 students; (first 500+ 500 new teachers)
2015-2016: Train up to 2,500 teachers/62,500 students; (1500 new teachers)
2016-2017: Train up to 3,500 teachers/87,500 students; (1000 new teachers)
2017-2018: Train up to 5,000 teachers/125,000 students. (1500 new teachers for a total of 5000).
Between 2014 - 2018, the project will focus on incremental recruitment of teachers, funding and partnership expansion, training with curricula, implementation of curricula and formative and summative third-party evaluation.
The United States is at risk of losing its global competitiveness. The future growth of this nation depends on innovation and 21st-century skills that will produce the competitive workforce the nation so desperately needs. Children are not learning the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that lay the foundation for social, technical and business innovation.
In a number of domestic studies, conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2011 and 2012, it was reported that American students are not learning the skills and gaining knowledge that they need. Two out of three eighth graders can't read proficiently (2011), nearly two-thirds of eighth-graders scored below proficient in math, and nearly three out of four 8th and 12th grade students cannot write proficiently (2012).
Students in the U.S. have gone from first in high school graduation just after World War II, to 22nd out of 27 among industrialized nations in 2012, according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Americans in the same study ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading.
The American education system is in dire need of relevant curricula so that innovation and 21st century skills can be taught to children in the K-12 grades, which can then provide them with an innovative mindset for pursuing STEM careers in the 21st Century workforce.
Even with the focus on Common Core State Standards and Next Generation of Science Standards, there is an absence of a turn-key curricula, that leverages digital technology which is a critical tool for engaging today's youth, and that teachers in all subject areas, in all grades, in all types of schools and all across the nation, can use to teach innovation. The Henry Ford's (THF) commitment, "Igniting a Learning Revolution through Innovation" with its innovation curricula addresses this critical national issue.
The Henry Ford is seeking funding partners over the next five years to "Ignite the Learning Revolution through Innovation." The amount of financial support required to realize this commitment is $10 million. Therefore, we are seeking funding from corporations, foundations and individuals for this project.
The Henry Ford also requires media and distribution partners, who can help raise awareness about this important initiative and help with the ambitious teacher recruitment goal. These partners can also help The Henry Ford in sharing best practices and evolving data from the project implementation.
Other collaborators that can help The Henry Ford's commitment are non-profit organizations, parents, policy makers, government, businesses and other professional organizations who have shared visions related to innovation, STEM, 21st Century Skills, workforce preparedness and addressing overall global competitiveness of the nation.
The Henry Ford offers institutional credibility with its unduplicated collections, stable financial health and strong experience from more than 84 years as a major cultural institution that has been inspiring and educating the public, to this commitment. The Henry Ford offers a gifted team of staff and executive leadership who are prepared to lead this program.
The Henry Ford is providing access to its OnInnovation website along with its onsite and online resources to this commitment.