As a university professor I get to work with many different people to develop technical, skill-based and work-related curriculum. Last week I had the opportunity to collaborate with both education professionals and workforce development professionals at the same meeting. Tired of waiting for the next grant cycle and the competitive grant process, I identified a need for curriculum development and went directly to economic development representatives with a project proposal. Fortunately, I went well armed with both the MELT framework and the Work Skill Development (WSD) framework (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/framework/frameworks/). All went smoothly. Everyone was engaged in the activity that introduced the facets of research and the levels of autonomy found in the MELT model. And then it happened — as it always does. Before the meeting ended, the conversation turned toward connecting educators with business and industry. Attendees recognized that educators don’t know how to develop relationships with business/industry and business/industry representatives have a hard time seeing the world through the lens of an educator. But this time the conversation ended differently. All participants were able to pull out the WSD framework and start a conversation about how activities in K-12 schools carried over to the workplace. There was agreement that the WSD framework could be used to facilitate a conversation between educators and business/industry representatives. It is yet to be determined where these discussions will lead and if the project will be funded. The fact that all of the participants grabbed extra copies of the MELT and WSD framework as they left the meeting is a hopeful sign of continued interest.
Does anyone else out there have stories to share about their use of the frameworks? I would be interested in hearing your stories.