Continuing to piece together the CD PuzzleVanessa Lewis Division Office Board Room June 7, 2012
Agenda• Welcome – CD Puzzle• Career Fair Follow-up and Reflections• Thinking About Assessment• Influencer Training Reflections• CD Portfolios• CD Resources• Change is in the Air! Reflections and Future Focus• Celebrating Successes• Matters of Business• Dates to Remember• Wrap up and Safe Travel Home
Our CD Puzzle Essential pieces of the Career Development Puzzle Wayne Sandbeck, Talie Chupik, Jill Long, Denise Schneider, Lynn Roth, Evan Dobni, Kevin Gawletz, Heidi Marchant, Vanessa Lewis. Welcome Shannon Stephenson and ‘newbies’!
Career Fair• Roads to Success Career Fair Video Reflection• Review of Follow-up Notes and Feedback – Make any adjustments to document• Round Table Reflections of Successes/Challenges – Blog Comment/Reflection Please take some time to comment on your post career fair reflections. * As Career Development Lead Teachers, what do you consider to be strengths of the recent career fair? weaknesses? * Does the Career Fair support the life/career investigation process of our students? * What do we want to remember for future planning? * General thoughts?• Prizes for Students• Recognition Certificates
Thinking AboutAssessmentWhat do you think?“Our current methods of testing and grading are, I believe, deep-seated but unthinking habits. All too often we give contrived tests, hand back scores that have little meaning to students, and move on to the next lessons, irrespective of the assessment results. Assessment can be much more than this. It can inspire and focus work to yield the kind of student improvement we are always hoping for but rarely see.” ~ Grant Wiggins (1998) Verbal activity to be conducted in pairs: A talks for 60 seconds – SWITCH! – B talks for 60 seconds A talks for 40 seconds – SWITCH! – B talks for 40 seconds
AssessmentDefinitions• Read Assessment Definitions then Reflect (page 1 and 2) – What components of the definitions resonate with you and why? – Where do you see the greatest needs in our school division? – What might be potential arguments against including authenticity in instruction and assessment practices? – What key messages do you wish to learn more about? – What key messages might you discuss/share with parents and/or colleagues?
Elements of AuthenticAssessmentWould Meet Criteria Would Not Meet CriteriaRead ….After reading about elements of authentic assessment (pages 3and 4), what types of tasks from our subject area meet/do notmeet these criteria? Brainstorm: Would/Would not?
The Critical ThinkingConsortium Model andReading
TYPE 1 TYPE 2 TYPE 3Factual Recall All Answers are Valid Critical Challenge(Where’s Waldo?) (Personal Preference)•Have a single correct •Ask students to express •Promote decisionanswer or limited range a personal point of view making and problemof responses or preference. solving through criterial•Are often “right there” •Often not grounded in thinking.questions. criteria but evoke an •Are often open ended•Useful to assess emotional response. questions although therestudents’ •Based on “gut” is a limited number ofcomprehension of key reactions. reasonable answers.facts and processes. •There are no wrong •Require thoughtful answers. consideration of evidence gathered against a set of criteria. •Tend to build on human curiousity and require investigation. •Lead to the convergence of new learning with prior understandings, ore the application of criteria.
Thinking about Assessmentand Middle LevelCareer Education• Rework the Career Development assignment (small groups).• Process activity as whole group.NOW• Rework lesson plan (on your own)or• Can you think of a critical thinking assignment you could create using Relevance as a resource and adhering to Career Ed Curriculum Outcomes?
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Introduction Alone: Take a moment to think about 3-5 artifacts that you could use to describe yourself. With a partner: Take a few moments to share the artifacts with one another and describe how they represent you. As a whole group: We will process this activity together in terms of how it relates to the Career Development Model.
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Definition“A purposeful, integrated collection of student work showing student effort, progress, or achievement in one or more areas. The collection is guided by performance standards and includes evidence of student’s self- reflection and participation in setting the focus, selecting contents, and judging merit.” ~ Paulson and Paulson (1991)
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Definition“Learning or process portfolios involve a focus on…’know thyself’, which can lead to a lifetime of investigation. Self- knowledge becomes an outcome of learning.” ~ Researching Electronic Portfolios for Learner Engagement: The REFLECT Initiative, page 428
PortfoliosAs I think about Career As I think about CareerDevelopment DevelopmentPortfolios, what might Portfolios, what mightbe benefits for… be challenges for…Students? Students?Parents? Parents?Myself as a Career Myself as a Career Counsellor? Counsellor?
Portfolios A Portfolio By Any Other Name Is A Portfolio ~ Metaphor Making ~
• The Telling a Story Metaphor • Provides the viewer with a sense that there is a progression of development – a beginning, middle, and an end in a student’s learning process.• The Window Metaphor Allows the teacher or other evaluator to see how something was created.
• The Laboratory Metaphor • Encourages the student and teacher to view portfolios as a place where something, in this case knowledge, is created.• The Container of Evidence Metaphor• Creates an image of a concrete place in which information is stored to be used later to make evaluative decisions.
• You don’t include ALL the recordings, instead you include the “done” ones. • However, there is still an opportunity to remix, create a new single, or create a new album as feedback, and additional skills are acquired.• A CD Metaphor• Creating a Portfolio is like producing a CD
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Why Career Development Portfolios?“…there are many purposes for portfolios: there are portfolios that centre around learning, assessment, employment, marketing, and showcasing best work.”“…well-designed portfolios represent important, contextualized learning that requires complex thinking and expressive skills.”“…Portfolios encourage teachers and schools to focus on important student outcomes, provide parents and the community with credible evidence of student achievement, and inform policy and practice at every level of the educational system.”
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Why Career Development Portfolios?“…a career portfolio is an excellent tool that students can use to document their journeys through the career development process. A student’s portfolio should contain information pertaining to self-assessment, showcase exemplary student products or projects, and reveal student personal reflections.” ~ Wonacott (2001)
Portfolios Organizational Flow for a Portfolio System • Collect everything into the working portfolio • Select pieces for the final portfolio • Reflect on your selections
PortfoliosCareer Development Perspective• Why Career Development Portfolios? • Government mandated career curriculum for Grade 6-9; portfolios align with curriculum outcomes. • Tool for learning and discovery • Great organizational tool for students for life/career planning • Amazing self-assessment tool • Sun West Initiative for Grade 10 through 12 Career Development Portfolios • Etc.
Portfolios Career Development Perspective • Supports • Grade 10 CD Portfolio Activity Package • Student Exemplars • Electronic Portfolio SampleTime to Share and Reflect:Let’s take time to review sample Portfolios that each of youhave brought to showcase.What are the realities?Does Career Cruising support paperWhat is needed to better support portfolio implementation in your setting?Supplies?
ResourcesCareer Development Resources• My Blueprint Planner• Rover Activity In groups, take time to explore the assigned resource. After some time spent exploring, be prepared to share finding and recommend possible usages to our whole group.
Change is in the Air! Reflections and Future Focus
Change is in the Air! “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” – Author UnknownCongratulations, Wayne and Lynn, on your retirements!Congrats, Talie, on your new role at BCS2000.Thank you and congratulations, Jill, for taking on the Career Development Consultant role.Thanks to Shannon for your interest in Career Development at OHS.Welcome to the ‘newbies’ who will be working as Career Development Teachers in Plenty/Landis and in Jill’s area. (Welcome Char!)Thank you to all who plan to continue to learn and grow in your current Career Development Roles next year.
Career DevelopmentReflections and Future Focus• Background • The Division recognizes the importance of career development and views a comprehensive Career Development Plan as essential in assisting students to develop the skills and competencies they will need in order to ensure successful transitions beyond our educational system. The program is coordinated by the Career Development Consultant. All schools with grades 9-12 in the Division have a designated Career Development lead teacher. Components of the Career Development Plan include: • Middle Level Career Education • Career Counselling • CWEX • Apprenticeship Credits • Job Shadowing
Career DevelopmentReflections and Future Focus• Continued Initiatives • Career Education 9 • Grade 10 -12 Portfolio Building • Grade 11 Inventories • Grade 11/12 Career Counselling • Support for various programs • Apprenticeship Credits • CWEX offered to all Sun West School Division Students • Career Fair (alternate years) • Interactive wiki/blog • Regular PLT meetings • CD Lead Teacher support • Continuation of ongoing projects • Increased communications with parents
Career DevelopmentReflections and Future Focus• Future Focus • Further emphasis on Middle Level Career Education • Exploration of possible partnerships/projects in support of Career Development • Team input is always welcome and I am certain Jill and Shari will dream up some great ideas!
Change is in the Air! An opportunity to CELEBRATE, REFLECT, NETWORK, and SHARE!!
Career Connecting What’s on your mind?Time for Career Connecting and piecing together the puzzle.-Share CELEBRATIONS, CHALLENGES, etc.-Career Cruising-Record-keeping, tracking career conversations, etc.-Year-end wrap-up procedures. What should I be doing?-Ways to communicate/share with parents/public-A day in the life-CWEX planning for 2012-2013-Share CWEX, CD, Apprenticeship, etc. ‘success stories’ to becompiled and used for communication withparents.- What is on your mind? Make this time work for you…a chance to network, share, and learn.
Career Connecting ReflectionsIn reflecting on the 2011-2012 school year, successes Iexperienced include:As I wrap up this school year and/or begin thinking aboutnext, some areas I wish to focus on are: Celebrate successes and make commitments to yourself!
Change is in the Air!We are all living the Career Development Model and are experiencing change in various aspects of our life/career as change is constant and learning is lifelong! Change is generally good, even if it may not seem so at the time. Life is filled with change and it is pertinent to personal and professional growth and development. Embrace change!With the end of the school year fast approaching, you are also very deserving of a change in pace. Take care of yourselves so you are feeling rejuvenated and ready for the fall. Change is refreshing!Thanks to all of you for the incredible contributions you make to our TEAM and the tremendous level of support you offer students in regard to the career exploration process.
Matters of Business• Evaluations – CWEX Program (to employers), CD Grade 12 Student and Parent Survey, CD Teacher and Principals Feedback• Learning Communities at U of S• SBC Information• SK Trends Monitor• Math Concerns• Wiki/Blog Updates – how will you contribute?• CWEX or other CD success stories – remember to share.• CWEX Certificates and Thank You Cards• Professional SMART Goal Reflections/Portfolio Updates• SCWEA Conference 2012 October 10th and 12th, 2012 – Cypress Hills Regional Park.• Other CD Related PD Opportunities – SIAST Counsellor Sessions in October 2012 – U of S and U of R offer Counsellor Sessions – You may have unique needs and interests we need to plan for.• Supplies• Other?
Dates to Remember• August 23rd – CD PLT with Jill for Itinerants and Kevin and anyone else not involved in a school based PLT that day.• August 24th – School Based Start-up Meetings• August 27th – Outlook (1/2 Division) – CD Session for CD LEAD Teachers and Middle Level Career Education Teachers – a chance to network.• August 28th – Kindersley (1/2 Division) - CD PLT for CD LEAD Teacher and Middle Level Career Education Teachers – a chance to network.• August 29th – Convention – Wellness Focus• August 30th – Convention – Student Support Focus• 2012-2013 CD PLT meetings will be aligned with school based PLT days.• 2012-2013 CD LEAD Teacher meetings – dates TBD
Here’s to Change! If we dont change, we dont grow. If we dont grow, we arent really living. Gail Sheehy 20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off theAny change, even a bowlines. Sail away fromchange for the better, is the safe harbor. Catch thealways accompanied by trade winds in your sails.drawbacks and Explore. Dream. Discover.discomforts. When in Mark TwainArnold Bennett doubt, choose change. Sincerely Lily Leung ,