Academic Leadership Alliance Kick-Off Meeting

Vol. 2, Iss. 5 | January 2021

One buzzword heard throughout the Rio Grande Valley school districts is “teacher externships.” These externships allow educators to work side-by-side with business and industry, thus gaining insight into career fields outside of the school setting. The educators then return to the classrooms and share their findings with their students. 

RGV LEAD, in conjunction with Workforce Solutions, has provided the Academic Leadership Alliance (A•L•A) externship experiences for Valley educators for the past several years…that was until the summer of 2020 – no thanks to COVID-19! RGV LEAD had to pause and put the externship program on hold, but it’s time to reactivate the educator-business externship experience. 

The A•L•A finance and planning committees met to discuss the program’s future. Naomi Perales, Community Relations Manager for Texas Gas Service and RGV LEAD Board Vice-President, opened the finance portion of the meeting and the A•L•A committee meeting. 

A•L•A participating districts will be glad to hear that the meeting’s outcome was that the A•L•A externship program will continue. As with many programs worldwide, the externship encounters will be a virtual pilot program. The A•L•A committee will continue meeting to finalize the specifics of the 2021 A•L•A educator externship program. 

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