Phoenixville SD Inservice


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  • Introduce self.
  • Seniors “finished” with school when their college applications were submitted.Seniors with unrealistic plans or no plans for their future.
  • My conversation began with Principal Jim Sullivan. Jim left the high school. The conversation continued with Dennis Williams, our current principal.
  • Getting the Director of Curriculum involved is also very important.
  • Experiencing, learning and growing right up to Graduation Day.How to do this?Through inquiry based and experiential learning and mentorship.
  • Reading, attending conferences, visiting other school districts, networking with our community, networking with our Workforce Investment Board, learning how the state supports school districts.
  • Advisory committee’s are so important. I included current students, recent alum, parents, Chamber and Rotary members, teachers, administrators—whoever I could get.The question: How can we do better for our students? To our recent grads: What did we miss? What do you wish you had known now that you know what you know?
  • Why was this the result? The kids and parents saw it as relevant. Community members valued the idea because they were need mature, responsible employees in the future.
  • CEW Standard #1 AwarenessHow we begin: 1. Confirm interests, skills, etc. 2. Research several professions that appeal to student. 3. Conduct several informational interviews. 3. Shadow day is possible. 4. Teach networking, phone etiquette & netiquette.
  • Create Resumes, References, practice interviews…
  • CEW Standard #2: Acquisition
  • CEW Standard #2: Acquisition
  • Standard #3: RetentionWhat makes a good worker? What is a good employer?What skills do you need to get ahead?
  • Professional relationships develop.
  • Reflection is key to measuring learning. Double sided reflection journal.
  • Standard #4: The course experience as a whole requires 21st Century thinking a.k.a. entrepreneurial skills.
  • 1. Includes Career Shadowing
  • Core courses stay the same, electives are selected with student considering long term goals and interests.
  • Modeled after a college Career Development Office—our “Hub” of activity.Full service career, college, internship, job centerStudents can find resume help, interviewing practice, college visits, volunteer opps., jobs, etc.Lunch & Learn’sComputers for career & college researchFutures Fair
  • 9th grade Communication Strategies: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”9th grade Environmental Science: STEM careers based on PA High Priority professions10th grade Social Studies: “What is the American Dream and is it still attainable?” Business Plan
  • TeamsCareer CounselorNaviance
  • Phoenixville SD Inservice

    1. 1. We have learned, it really does take a village…<br />
    2. 2. Begin where you see a need. <br />
    3. 3. HHHS Principal, Dennis Williams<br />Start a conversation with your principal.<br />
    4. 4. Involve Your Director of<br />Curriculum<br />Ken 2005 <br />Karen 2003-4<br />Jean 2008-9<br />Kendall 2006-7<br />
    5. 5. Our initial concern?<br />Disenfranchised Seniors<br />
    6. 6. Our initial GOAL: Seniors Engaged in Learning through Graduation Day <br />
    7. 7. Getting started: RESEARCH<br />Ken Gray : Other Ways to Win<br />PA Integrated Learning Conference<br />PA Cooperative Education Conference<br />Daggett: Model Schools<br />Visiting schools with promising practices<br />Getting to know our local Rotary and Chambers members<br />Befriending the Montgomery County Education and Workforce Partnership<br />Pennsylvania Department of Education<br />
    8. 8. Getting started: Networking<br /><ul><li> Administrators
    9. 9. Teachers
    10. 10. School Counselors
    11. 11. Parents
    12. 12. Recent Graduates
    13. 13. Colleges our students commonly attend
    14. 14. Community Stakeholders</li></ul>The Advisory Committee<br />
    15. 15. The result?<br />Senior Internship<br />
    16. 16. Elements of our Senior Internship experience:<br />Identifying learning goals based on personal interests.<br />
    17. 17. Research to identify businesses and people involved in the area of interest.<br />
    18. 18. Network to expand knowledge of people involved in the field.<br />
    19. 19. Interview <br />
    20. 20. Begin Internship Service<br />
    21. 21. Develop Relationships: <br />Community Mentors<br />
    22. 22. Teacher Mentors<br />
    23. 23. Reflection<br />
    24. 24. Seminar<br />
    25. 25. Mentor-Intern Thank You Luncheon Celebration<br />
    26. 26. Where we are now…6 years into it: Outcome<br /><ul><li>Increased credit from .5 to 1.0 credit
    27. 27. Added Internship II
    28. 28. Current enrollment - 180
    29. 29. Does this work? The proof is in the data: </li></ul>Interns do better academically during their internship semester than their non-intern peers<br />Interns do better academically in college<br />Interns are 2X more likely to complete college <br /> within 4 years than their non-intern peers<br />
    30. 30. What we learned from Senior Internship… <br />our students need support<br />
    31. 31. Added Pathways Class: <br />.5 credit required for high school graduation<br /> 4 Units<br />1. Who Am I? (self awareness)<br /> 2. What Do I Want? (S.M.A.R.T. goal setting)<br /> 3. How Do I Get It? (transition planning)<br /> 4. Personal Finance<br /> a. Make it<br /> b. Manage it<br /> c. Multiply it<br /> d. Protect it<br />
    32. 32. Adopted a<br />Pathways Course Selection <br />model.<br />
    33. 33. Created the <br />Student Success Center<br />
    34. 34. Integrated<br />Core Curriculum <br />PA Career, Education and Work Standards<br />
    35. 35. Restructured<br />School Counseling Program<br />
    36. 36. Introduced a <br />traditional cooperative education program<br />Working Initiatives<br />“WIN”<br />
    37. 37. Began a <br />Pathways Department<br />
    38. 38. A new<br />goal<br />for our<br />Pathways<br />Program:<br />“Every student will graduate from Hatboro-Horsham High School having developed a postsecondary plan that is grounded in at least tentative career choices and has a high probability of success.”<br />