Teacher Externship Form

The Teacher Externship Program is an innovative, important education program focusing on future ready workforce skills.

The PISD Teacher Externship Program promotes learning that reaches beyond traditional classroom or workshop settings and provides the teacher with time to engage in experiences that focus on classroom-to-career connections.  Working side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled professionals, teacher externs are better able to prepare our students with current and future workplace skills and build meaningful relationships that ultimately benefit the teacher, student, school district and the hosting organization.

Teacher Externship Experiences.

Externships provide a way for teachers to have “hands-on” experiences in the corporate or nonprofit workplace.  This year Teacher Externship host organizations may select from three externship experiences listed below. 

  • Integration Experience. This externship provides a teacher in the workplace for two to three weeks (option of 20 – 40 hours per week) in the summer.  The teacher is fully-integrated into a team, or department, to assume specific duties. To gain insight into how other organizations have utilized teacher externs in the workplace please see Best Practices listed below.
  • Exposure Experience. For one to two weeks (option of 20 – 40 hours per week) in the summer, the teacher extern involved in the Exposure Experience will gain insight into a business or industry by shadowing executives, managers and teams in multiple departments.  The Exposure Experience may also allow the teacher to benefit from examining a specific skill set.
  • Event Experience. The event experience includes a teacher extern participating in a specific event on behalf of the hosting organization.  The teacher extern is available to work at the discretion of the hosting organization on an actual event as well as pre-event planning and follow-up days to the event as desired by the hosting organization.

Cost and Time Commitments.

Businesses are invited to participate in the program in two ways.  Companies have the option of providing a teacher externship at your organization.  Or, your company may elect to underwrite a teacher externship at a specific nonprofit, municipality or within an organization in a specified industry.

Companies are requested to pay an externship program fee of $500 covering program and administrative costs.  Additionally, teachers are compensated at the rate of $25 per hour.

Other commitments associated with the program include interviewing externship candidates at a Job Fair on April 26.  Participation in the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship & Externship Celebration Luncheon at the conclusion of the program is also encouraged.

The Process

If you are interested in hosting or underwriting a Teacher Externship, or would like more information about the program, contact Vicki Wait at vicki@vwaitgroup.com or 214-577-7975. Vicki is available to assist in identifying the externship experience option that works best for your organization. She will walk you through the externship process from start to finish, ensuring a positive, seamless experience for your organization.

Link to Teacher Externship Form