Onboarding the Educational Experience

Analyzing how successful businesses onboard new employees can help students better transition to high school and college.

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The educational experience involves major transitions, particularly from middle to high school and from high school to college. Much like starting a new job, you don't know what you're actually getting into until you actually get into it; rarely is it entirely reflective of what's written. In the business world, long and sticky transitions make for an inefficient business and, at times, an unhappy employee. Therefore, successful business have organized onboarding processes that help new employees acclimate to both the environment of the company as well as the actual job itself. Investing in this process is very much investing in the company as a whole.  

Analyzing the two major transition points in education with a similar lens can help students more efficiently tackle the educational and social tasks at hand and, in turn, help them to be more successful more quickly. Do we need to spend a semester learning how to learn at the college level? Do we need to have a freshman high school class on the college admissions process, with a real scope into the competition involved? 

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe what you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research. (Ex: Good advisors make a difference.)

Transitions within the business world can teach us how to better transition within the educational world.


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Hi Danny, thank you for your thoughtful contribution. I full agree that without proper support and smooth transitions businesses (and schools) are ineffective.  I wonder if you have seen Andre Douglas post "Theories of Boxes and Systems"  https://collaborate.teachersguild.org/challenge/reach-higher-better-make-room-teachers-guild-college-journey-collaboration/discover/theories-of-boxes-and-systems

Might be worth checking out and possibly partnering up for the the ideate phase!

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