Educators Break Out of the Classroom Into Local Businesses

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Teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools and Prince William County Public Schools watch as an airplane takes off on the runway at Dulles International Airport.
July 18, 2014

As teachers try to prepare students for the working world, a high school classroom can be rather insular, admits Timi Conrath, a math teacher at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Va.

“You can get such a narrow focus being a teacher,” she said. “You get tunnel vision—focusing on things like curriculum.”

What jobs will be available to her students once they graduate, and what skills will they need to be successful in those careers?

To answer those questions, Ms. Conrath and 18 other public school teachers received a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Dulles International Airport—a location often equated to a small city—where they saw how airport trains are operated, toured an air-traffic control tower and found out what it takes to oversee a growing airport that accommodates more than 20 million passengers per year.

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