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The Power of Partnerships
[January 2015] -- As an organization intent on blending college preparedness and real-world readiness for students, one of the principles Da Vinci draws upon is borrowed from author Ken Blanchard, "None of us is as smart as all of us."
The power of partnerships was in full swing earlier this month as all 81 of Da Vinci's K-12 teachers and counselors fanned out across Los Angeles to visit some of our industry partners' businesses to better understand the knowledge and skill sets students need to know to ensure success in the 21st century workplace. These visits were part of Da Vinci's winter professional development for teachers focused on project planning and providing authentic examples in a real-world context.
Da Vinci staff visited industry leaders, including Belkin, DIRECTV, Gensler, 72andSunny, OMD LA, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and YouTube.
Nathan Kim and Yun Day of Gensler shared that when looking at prospective employee resumes and portfolios, Gensler is looking for employees who can tell a story about themselves, their skills, and their aesthetic without using words. Gensler interns spend half of their time working in a hands-on, creative studio environment and the other half working on a passion project that they design and build.
At Da Vinci, our industry partners play a vital role in our quest for a real-world connection so students are prepared with real skills for real jobs. This concept lies at the core of everything we do. Some problems such as closing the skills gap are simply too complex to solve with any one approach. Bridging this gap and others through innovative partnerships is a particular focus of Da Vinci Schools.
We are deeply grateful to Belkin, DIRECTV, Gensler, 72andSunny, OMD, Kerlan Jobe, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and YouTube for opening their doors to us. These visits were a huge gift to Da Vinci teachers, students, and our entire organization. We thank you!!!
We also wish to convey a special thanks to SpaceX for kindly offering to host a group of teachers.
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