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  • Click through the levels of Career Development K-16. Talking Points: Based on California Department of Education State Plan for Career Development 2004.
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    1. 1. Middle SchoolCareer Exploration“Laying the Foundation for a Successful Future” Hyatt Regency Orange County Garden Grove, California Granada Room February 23, 2009
    2. 2. Why Middle SchoolCareer Exploration?
    3. 3. Career Development is an ongoing lifelong process, and its challenges mustbe addressed beginning in elementary and middle school. (O’Brien, 1999)
    4. 4. Students at risk, girls, and minority group children often limit their career choices early. (O’Brien, 1999)
    5. 5. Sex-role stereotypes,particularly about gender- appropriate occupations are formed early. (Guss & Adams, 1998)
    6. 6. Most middle school students have only ashallow understanding of how school relates to work. (Johnson, 2000)
    7. 7. When surveyed, the majority of high schooldropouts say they beganto “disconnect” in middle school or earlier.(Castellano et al., 2002)
    8. 8. Current efforts…Too frequently, career preparation for middle grade students consists of a single, brief unit once a year. Ideally, career education and development should be infused into the curriculum.
    9. 9. The most effective career development programs are systemic—developmental,accessible to all learners, andembedded in the curriculum as part of the whole process ofeducating a child for the larger thing called life. (Maddy-Bernstein & Dare, 1997)
    10. 10. Career Development ContinuumPreparing all Youth for Success in College, Career, and Life Career Awareness Career Exploration Career Learn about a wide variety of Explore, research, and plan Preparation jobs and careers for the future Gain education, training, and work experience Classroom & School Classroom & School Classroom & School • Web Research • Career Pathways, Courses, & Clubs • Core Academic Preparation • Guest Speakers • Integrated Curriculum • Career Technical Courses & • Career Interest Assessment • Classroom Simulations Programs • College & Career Fairs • Career Plan Development • Work Skills Classes Educated • Career Contextual Instruction • Career-Focused Projects & • Career-Related Project-Based • College Awareness Assignments Learning • College Exploration • Work Ready Certification Engaged • Occupational Certifications Workplace • College Preparation Experienced Workplace Workplace • Industry Tours & Field Trips • Job Shadowing • Work Experience • Career & Job Fairs • Career Mentoring • Internships Aware • Youth in the Workplace • Community Projects • Apprenticeships • Informational Interviews Skilled Families & Families & Families & Neighborhood Neighborhood Neighborhood Prepared • Adult Interaction • Risk Taking • Skill Building • Role Model Observation • Role Playing • Progression of Responsibility Connected K-8 9-16 Awareness Exploration Preparation ©2007 New Ways to Work
    11. 11. Program Goals & ObjectivesExpand knowledge of career options
    12. 12. Program Goals & ObjectivesExpand knowledge of high school and post-secondary education/training options
    13. 13. Program Goals & Objectives Increase perception of post-secondary relevance
    14. 14. Program Goals & ObjectivesIncrease understanding of career goals, interests, and aspirations
    15. 15. Program Goals & ObjectivesIncrease awareness of middleschool staffs regarding career development resources and educational options
    16. 16. Organizational Structure
    17. 17. Career Development Specialist Advisory Committee Teachers &Site Administration Site Coordinator Counselors
    18. 18. Program Coordinator Responsibilities• Program goals and direction• Site Coordinator recruitment and training• Research, acquisition, and dissemination of career awareness/exploration curriculum• Sponsor solicitation• Budget management• Liaison to professional organizations, CDE, and the State Legislature• Marketing and promotional event planning• Media and public relations• Program evaluation and revision• Overall program oversight and support
    19. 19. Site Coordinator Responsibilities• Planning and implementation of program activities• Participation in program planning meetings and trainings• Recruit teachers/counselors for participation in career exploration activities• Solicit information and suggestions from teachers/counselors regarding program activities• Coach teachers/counselors on the implementation of career exploration activities• Communicate program goals & activities to administration, faculty, and parents/guardians• Assist Program Coordinator with the recruitment of business and community professionals to take part in school site’s career exploration activities• Liaison between the school site faculty and the Program Coordinator
    20. 20. Site Administration Responsibilities• Provide general support for career awareness and exploration program• Meet regularly with Site Coordinator to discuss program goals & activities• Promote program to faculty and parents• Explore and support delivery methods to reach widest possible audience
    21. 21. Teacher & Counselor Responsibilities• Implement career awareness curriculum as part of regular classroom instruction and in student counseling sessions• Participate in trainings and workshops on career awareness/exploration as necessary
    22. 22. Program Planning & Implementation
    23. 23. Planning (Year 1):• Survey staff• Disseminate Career Awareness/Exploration Standards amongst faculty• Recruit for and select a Site Coordinator from amongst existing faculty• Create school site vision: – Form a “team of champions” from amongst the most motivated staff members – Formulate goals – Create timeline• Gather resources: – Research career exploration materials and curriculum – Participate in staff development trainings, as needed• Generate community buy-in: – Organize parent meeting – Create written correspondence – Create school board presentation• Strategize about methods to infuse Career Exploration into the school schedule so as to reach as many students as possible
    24. 24. Implementation (Year 2 & beyond):• Begin implementing activities developed during planning year• Evaluate program and update, as needed• Develop plans to expand program to become a school-wide initiative• Collaborate with other participating schools and share best practices
    25. 25. Curriculum & Activities
    26. 26. How and where does it fit?
    27. 27. Q&A
    28. 28. Contact Information Dan Blake Career Development SpecialistSonoma County Office of Education 5340 Skylane Boulevard Santa Rosa, CA 95403 707-524-2780