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14 2016

Building Bridges between the Education System and the Workplace

March 14th 2016
When Parker Grimmer, principal of Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Prince Edward Island, met with Peter Crooks, Executive Director, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen through The Learning Partnership’s Take a Leader to Work Day, neither of them imagined how fruitful the encounter would be.

Take a Leader to Work Day: Building Bridges between the Education System and the Workplace
Take a Leader to Work Day is a one-day program that matches educational leaders with business leaders in their communities to create partnerships between the world of education and the world of work. Education leaders learn about how best to prepare their students for the workplace, while business leaders gain a deeper insight into today’s educational system and how they can best support it.

At the start of Take a Leader to Work Day, the business leader arrives at the education leader’s school. He or she shadows the education leader during the morning. At lunch time, the pair discusses synergies between the publicly funded education system and the workplace. In the afternoon, the education leader goes to the business leader’s workplace and shadows him or her for the rest of the workday.
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Canada’s Smartest Kitchen and Queen Charlotte Intermediate School: A Tasty Pairing

In May 2015, Parker Grimmer and Peter Crooks were matched through The Learning Partnership’s Take a Leader to Work Day project. During their meeting, Grimmer and Crooks identified the increased need for food literacy in Prince Edward Island and the need to increase student awareness of the local and global food ecosystems in order to promote healthy attitudes toward food choices.

Their discussions led to the development of a nine-week program with Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, in which Grade 8 students at Queen Charlotte Intermediate Schools developed ideas for food products incorporating one of the province’s most popular fruits – the apple. Students learned about developing relationships with primary producers on Prince Edward Island, using sensory analysis techniques to evaluate different ingredients, and creating viable marketing plans and packaging concepts. At the end of the program, students competed in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition.  The winning pitch, Super Apple Fruit Strips, manufactured the product at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen and sold it to fellow students at Queen Charlotte Intermediate.

This collaboration was so successful that Canada’s Smartest Kitchen and Queen Charlotte Intermediate plan on launching it again in April 2016. Crooks and the staff at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen hope to implement the project in other schools across Prince Edward Island and credits The Learning Partnership for inspiring this project.
 
 
Read about this collaboration published in The Guardian

The next Take a Leader to Work Day will take place on April 7th, 2016. For more information about the program, contact Jessica Shearer at 647-252-3582 or jshearer@thelearningpartnership.ca.