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
Phoenixville SD Inservice
We have learned, it really does take a village…<br />
Our initial GOAL: Seniors Engaged in Learning through Graduation Day <br />
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 />
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 />
What we learned from Senior Internship… <br />our students need support<br />
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 />
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 />