Often times, teachers prepare students to succeed in careers one day.
Other times, teachers guide students to excel in a job right now.
That’s the case inside Liberty County High School in Hinesville, GA. Jonnie Larson, who teaches early childhood education (ECE) and advises the school’s FCCLA chapter, relies on the Emerge online program to teach in-demand skills like email etiquette.
Four days a week from 830 am to 10 am, Larson’s 19 ESE students (ranging from sophomores to seniors) work at Liberty County Pre-K as part of their practicum. The students help the pre-k staff with four and five-year-old classrooms.
Whenever students can’t be at the pre-k center, they need to email the on-site coordinator with the reason.
Only a few weeks into the Emerge online program, Larson can already see a difference in the professionalism of her students’ emails.
“The quality of the emails are better,” said Larson. “Students have learned to write subject lines and email messages that are focused and to the point.”
Emerge covers a wide array of professional skills through readings, instructional videos and short activities. The program integrates into a school’s LMS of choice (ex: Canvas, Blackboard) and spans topics like email writing, phone etiquette, in-person correspondence, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn and even communication for entrepreneurship and leadership.
Larson noted her students engaged in a recent discussion about professional email addresses. The conversation stemmed from a reading in the Emerge program about what constitutes an “appropriate” email address.
“What I liked is that the students read the material on their own, and then one of my students advised another student on effective email addresses. It was a peer-to-peer moment about professionalism that the Rubin program made possible.”
See a sample email below written by one of Larson’s student to the pre-k coordinator. Note: Prior to the Rubin program, the student did not use email subject lines.
Subject line: Attendance
Ms. Larson will be attending the annual winter conference for Family & Consumer Sciences teachers in Savannah today. While she is out we will not be coming to the Pre-K for lab hours. When she returns to work on Monday, February 3 we will resume the normal schedules of going to the Pre-K four days a week. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!
[Student’s first and last name]