THE POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP OF K-12 EDUCATION AND BUSINESS
This special report announces the decision of the first year the
committee of the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award has
accepted applications from the education and health-care sectors.
And it details--with firsthand accounts from IBM, Colgate, the NEA,
and other organizations--how several companies and associations are
working with educational institutions and conducting activities to
collaborate on K-12 education, with the goal to produce a more
literate, technologically skilled American workforce of the future.
Such activities include providing after-school opportunities;
sponsoring global learning communities of teachers, content
experts, young people, parents, and industry; and something called
Shadow Day, on which inner-city kids get to follow around
businesspeople one-on-one and learn what they do at work throughout
a day. The Baldridge business award criteria were adapted to create
a new set of criteria specific to educational institutions. The
report also explains the process for applying for an award and
announces the 1999 winners.