Tuesday, Oct 23 8:00 pm EST

Tuesday, Oct 30 8:00 pm EST

Organizing “Career Lunches” that establish lasting connections between students and industry leaders

Grades 9-12

On October 23rd and October 30th, I’ll share the one approach I’ve found most successful for connecting industry leaders with my career-academy students. As often as I can, I organize school-based lunches in which my students get a chance to meet with and learn from a local industry professional.

These events provide immediate and long-term benefits to my students. Right away, they give my students a chance to learn more about the requirements of a particular career. Students learn first-hand what’s needed to prepare and to succeed at a job they might soon have themselves, and they begin to imagine themselves with this responsibility.

These lunches make it equally possible for industry leaders to learn more about my classroom in an authentic way and—even more importantly—to make one-on-one connections with my students. Almost always, these professionals feel more connected and invested than they would otherwise, because they can see the impact they have on young people just beginning to think about their careers. Very often, this first meeting leads a lunch-time speaker to real engagement on our advisory board, and sometimes to internships and to other ongoing student support.

On October 23, I’ll share the ways I’ve learned ensure a student-hosted lunch comes together for maximum success. I’ll discuss the ways I first identify and contact a prospective classroom speaker, and then how I collaborate with this speaker to create an agenda for a classroom visit. We work together before the lunch to anticipate the things students will most want to learn from the visit. I’ll present the ways I’ve found to advertise the session and to gain student interest, and I’ll provide details about what I expect of my students: how they should prepare, how they should dress, and how they should present themselves professionally throughout the lunch.

You’ll have a chance to reflect about this approach and to think about how this process might work for you, and then our group will meet again on October 30th to share ideas and feedback so that you can employ these approaches in your own classroom.

Register for this TeachingPartners Live Workshop now, and TeachingPartners will immediately send you an appointment you can drop right in your online calendar. You’ll also get a reminder closer to October 23rd to make sure you’re ready.


About Jasmine Smith

Jasmine Smith is a native of St. Louis Missouri and is a graduate of Tennessee State University the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and Lesley University. She has an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing, a Master of Science in Post-Secondary Education with a focus on Curriculum and Supervision, and Masters of Educational Technology with a certificate in TESOL education.

Jasmine has over 15 years of experience in education both in K-12 as well as higher educations. Throughout her educational career, she has been recognized in many ways. She was awarded the Rotary Club Scholar of St. Louis MO, J. Clayton Arnold Scholarship, the THEC African American Teaching Scholarship, and the Russell E. Leed Scholarship for academic excellence. In addition to these accomplishments, she is a scholar on the “Who’s Who – The Chancellor List” and Phi Kappa Phi. She has served as a Business and Information Technology and ESOL teacher, an instructional coach and instructional coordinator for Career and Technical Education, as well as a curriculum writer and online instructional curriculum designer.

Jasmine has conducted and/or served on four different research opportunities: “Teaching styles compared to class size with teacher survey results”, Instructional and Organizational effectiveness, Minority education, ESL in education, and Grant writing project – student support services #84.042A. She has a strong passion for working with young adults and in 2008 started a non-profit organization “Girlz Link Charlotte”. Girlz Link Charlotte (GLC) was established to comfort, build encouragement, and help overcome the many obstacles young girls ages 5-12 face. This goal is achieved through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, life-skills, and individual aptitude. GLC encourages youth to strive for excellence in education, athletics, and in daily living.

Jasmine is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the South Carolina Teacher Education Association. It is her vision to embrace, cultivate, and enrich the lives of all students. She has a strong passion for education and community outreach. As Booker T Washington stated, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”