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Strengthening the College and Career Culture


Patricia Clark …

Patricia Clark
Field Consultant, Career Academy Support Network
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Miya Hayes Melish
Assitant Director, School/University Partnerships
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Juan Sanchez
Office of President
University of California
Oakland, CA

With support from the James Irvine Foundation, the presenters have partnered to develop the college tools for schools website. In this session, participants will explore the new website and gain information about increasing access to the a-g curriculum, transcript evaluation, advancing the college and career culture, and academies. Bring your questions!

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  • 1. Creating a College & Career Going Culture Patricia Clark - Career Academy Support Network/U.C.Berkeley Miya Hayes - Center for Education Partnerships/UCB
  • 2. Workshop Objectives
    • To increase understanding of key elements of College/Career Going Culture
    • To reflect upon & share our own education journeys
    • To acquire and share new strategies/ resources (including
    • To brainstorm next steps
  • 3. What is a College & Career Going Culture?
    • “ The environment, attitudes, and behaviors in schools and communities that support and encourage students and their families to obtain the information, tools, and perspective to ensure access to and success in postsecondary education and careers.”
  • 4. GOAL….
  • 5. Nine Principles of a College and Career-Going Culture
    • College and Career Talk
    • Clear (& High) Expectations
    • Information & Resources
    • Comprehensive Counseling/Advising
    • Testing & Curriculum & Meaningful Workbased/ Communitybased Learning
    • Faculty Involvement
  • 6. Nine Principles (continued)
    • Family Involvement
    • College & Industry Partnerships
    • Articulation
    • (also important: peer groups, mentoring, rigorous academic & technical preparation, activities, etc.)
  • 7. Our Educational Journeys
    • What early messages, positive and negative, did you receive from your family, friends, school, community, and media about your ability and your potential to go to college and succeed in high-quality careers? What additional messages did you receive along the way? Who or what encouraged you? What were your barriers or challenges?
  • 8. Whose Responsibility ?
    • Whose Responsibility Worksheet (p. 4)
    • Sharing our responses
    • Pair and Share: One minute elevator speech: A colleague asks you why you believe all students need to be prepared for postsecondary education. How would you answer them?
  • 9. Introducing College Tools
    • Some samplings from
  • 10. College Tools for Schools
  • 11. User’s Guide to
  • 12. Advancing College-Going Culture
  • 13. College Access Resources
  • 14. Increasing Access to “a-g” Curriculum
  • 15. Transcript Evaluation to Increase College & Career-Going
  • 16. Step-by-Step Transcript Evaluation
  • 17. Sample Transcript
  • 18. SLCs & Career Academies
  • 19. SLC/Academy Resources
  • 20. Para Padres
  • 21. More Resources
  • 22. Resources/Tools listed by Topic
  • 23. Glossary (a sampling)
  • 24. Contact Info for College Tools
  • 25. Also Important
    • Simply focusing on college and career access is not enough. We need to also keep a focus on college & career success.
      • The importance of assuring intellectually challenging work (rigor).
      • The importance of assuring relevant work.
      • The importance of paying attention to required college and career knowledge and skills (example: David Conley’s book, SCANS, industry standards)
  • 26. High Expectations & High Support
    • Set High Academic and Behavioral Expectations and Provide High Caring and High Support to Reach Them
      • Identify Your Big Goals, Daily Learning Objectives, and Specific Expectations Around Completion
      • Create a Culture of Excellence Where Every Student is Expected to Succeed
  • 27. High Caring
    • “… .One of the most important factors behind student success in high school… is a close connection with at least one adult who demonstrates caring and concern for the student’s advancement.”
  • 28. Pair and Share
    • What are some examples of the ways in which your Academy/your career pathway/ your school demonstrates high expectations, high caring, and high support?
    • What are some of your best College & Career Going Culture practices?
  • 29. Assessing Our Schools/Districts
    • College & Career Going Culture Rubric
      • Where is your Academy/pathwayschool/ district/community on the College and Career Going Culture Rubric?
            • Assessing the 9 Elements
      • Moving Toward Action Planning
  • 30. Making College and Career Access Real -
    • “ No student has a true choice until (he) she has been accepted into a college.”
    • – Deborah Wilds
    • (Gates Foundation)
  • 31. Staying in Touch
    • Patricia Clark
    • Career Academy Support Network
    • [email_address]
    • Miya Hayes
    • Center for Educational Partnerships