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NCPN Conference Thursday, October 11, 2007 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s) & School Counseling Keys to Implementing Career Clusters.

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1 NCPN Conference Thursday, October 11, :00 – 5:00 p.m. Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s) & School Counseling Keys to Implementing Career Clusters

2 “As catalysts for change, school counselors can enrich the lives of students as well as influence the culture and performance of the school.” Nebraska School Counseling Career Development Guide –

3 Step # 1 – Establish a New/Shared Goal/Mission for Career Education Step # 2 – Promote School Counseling as the Catalyst for Overall Education Reform Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established K&S Step # 4 – Help All Students Create and Update a Personal Learning Plan Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program School Counseling & PLP’s Keys to Implementing Career Clusters

4 New Goal/Mission for Career Education Nebraska Department of Education or Local School District Career Education Division/Department School Counseling Learning Earning Living To prepare all students for... Step # 1 – Establish a New/Shared Goal/Mission for Career Education

5 New Career Education Model Change name from CTE to Career Education Expand into new career areas – e.g. Arts Ensure equity of program offerings Increase rigor and relevance of curriculum Enhance partnerships with School Counseling Become a part of school improvement process Step # 1 – Establish a New/Shared Goal/Mission for Career Education

6  Offer Career & Technical Education focused on Career Fields/Clusters (Nebraska Model)  Prepare Personal Learning Plans for All Students Career Education Policy Changes Step # 1 – Establish a New/Shared Goal/Mission for Career Education

7 Nebraska Career Fields and Clusters Model SC Guide Pages 4-5

8 A Closer Look at a Cluster Health Science Career Cluster Cluster Pathway Specialty Clusters Slices – available for all 16 clusters SC Guide Pages 6-7

9 School Counseling (SC) Promote SC as an integral component of education reform Ensure that SC programs are focused on the ASCA Career Development Process/Model Involve SC in the development of a Middle School Careers Curriculum Provide SC with sufficient time to assist in creating PLP’s for all students Step # 2 – Promote School Counseling as the Catalyst for Overall Education Reform

10 Career Development Model  Career Awareness – Elementary School  Career Exploration/PLP – Middle School  Career Preparation & Application/PLP – High School NE School Counseling Career Development Guide Step # 2 – Promote School Counseling as the Catalyst for Overall Education Reform SC Guide Pages 10-15

11 State academic standards State academic standards State/national school counseling competencies State/national school counseling competencies Foundation knowledge & skills common Foundation knowledge & skills common to all clusters – Career & Life Skills to all clusters – Career & Life Skills Cluster knowledge & skills Cluster knowledge & skills Pathway knowledge & skills Pathway knowledge & skills Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills SC Guide Page 9

12 Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills Career Cluster Foundation K & S Communication Employability & Career Development Information Technology Applications Leadership & Teamwork Legal Responsibilities & Ethics Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Safety & Health Systems Technical Skills Foundation K & S INCORPORATE School Counseling Competencies SCANS Skills (USDOL – 1991) Character Education 21 st Century Learning Skills

13 Six Essential Components 1. Career Fields/Cluster 2. Cluster Foundation Knowledge and Skills 3. Personal Learning Plans (PLP) 4. Career Exploration 5. Career Information 6. Postsecondary Options Middle School Career Education Introductory Curriculum Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills MS Curriculum Draft

14 1. Career Fields/Clusters Introduce Career Education ModelIntroduce Career Education Model Grades 5-6 – Six career fields onlyGrades 5-6 – Six career fields only Grades 7+ - all 16 career clustersGrades 7+ - all 16 career clusters Build awareness/exploration of 16 clustersBuild awareness/exploration of 16 clusters 2. Cluster Foundation Knowledge and Skills Introduce foundation K/SIntroduce foundation K/S Stress importance of foundation skills to achieving Learning – Earning – Living goalsStress importance of foundation skills to achieving Learning – Earning – Living goals Complete initial assessment of student competenceComplete initial assessment of student competence Middle School Introductory Curriculum Six Essential Components Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills

15 4. Career Exploration Follow Career Development ModelFollow Career Development Model Awareness – elementaryAwareness – elementary Exploration – middle schoolExploration – middle school Preparation/Application - high schoolPreparation/Application - high school Provide extended learning opportunities for all students to verify cluster(s) of interestProvide extended learning opportunities for all students to verify cluster(s) of interest job shadowing, career research/interviews, field trips, etc.job shadowing, career research/interviews, field trips, etc. 3. Personal Learning Plans (PLP) Create/update PLPCreate/update PLP Identify primary cluster/clusters of interestIdentify primary cluster/clusters of interest Complete and analyze interest/aptitude/skills assessmentsComplete and analyze interest/aptitude/skills assessments Complete program of studyComplete program of study Middle School Introductory Curriculum Six Essential Components

16 5. Career Information Examine labor market data and workforce trends – local, state, globalExamine labor market data and workforce trends – local, state, global 6. Postsecondary Options Explore postsecondary options related to student’s primary cluster/clusters of interestExplore postsecondary options related to student’s primary cluster/clusters of interest Identify secondary/postsecondary credit-based transition optionsIdentify secondary/postsecondary credit-based transition options Examine financial cost of postsecondary optionsExamine financial cost of postsecondary options Middle School Introductory Curriculum Six Essential Components Step # 3 – Offer a Career Education Curriculum Based on Education/Industry Established Knowledge and Skills

17 Goal/ObjectiveDays Self Awareness10 Career Fields/Clusters20 Knowledge & Skills12 Personal Learning Plan7 Career Exploration15 Career Information10 Postsecondary Options8 Flex Days8 Total Days90

18 Grade Level Sample Nebraska MS/HS Career Plan 7 th One Week of a 7-Week Course Career Exploration/Development 8 th Required 9-Week Course  Explore 6 Career Fields  Complete inventories/ assessments  Complete a careers project  Classroom speakers represent various Career Fields  Explore career specific info in academic core classes 9 th *CAPS * CALS Assessment * Focus on life skills 10 th Required 1 Semester Career Exploration Course NebraskaCareerConnections  Resume  CALS Assessment  Kuder - Career Search, Skills Assessment, Work Values Identify Career Cluster of interest 11 th *ACT * ASVAB * ASSET * Junior Audit 12th *Internships * Resume

19 Breaking Ranks in the Middle (NASSP – March 2006) Personal Plans for Progress - that focus on student....  academic  social  and other aspirations/needs - to ensure that each student’s potential is being realized...  in the classroom  on the field  in the community  and in the mind of the student Step # 4 – Help All Students Create & Update a Personal Learning Plan

20 Personal Learning Plan - Major Components Discussion Guide... a framework for setting personal  Living Goals Family & Leisure Time Work Environment Independence Geographic Location  Earning Goals Personal Interests, Aptitude, Ability Financial Resources for Education/Training  Learning Goals Graduation Requirements Career Cluster Goals Postsecondary Entrance Requirements Step # 4 – Help All Students Create & Update a Personal Learning Plan Goal Setting Discussion Guide Transcript Review PLP Program of Study

21 Skills for Lifelong Learning, Earning, and Living 21 Rigorous Academics CTE for All Dual Enrollment Early Access in High School

22 PROCESS How will the school/district approach the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) process? INTEGRATION In which courses currently offered in 7 th – 8 th grades would it be logical/feasible to insert units of instruction focused on awareness/ exploration of career fields and clusters? Middle/HS School Curriculum/PLP Implementation Issues Step # 4 – Help All Students Create & Update a Personal Learning Plan

23 FUNDING/STAFFING Who will teach the M.S. course? Who will teach the M.S. course? Who will be responsible for the PLP process? Who will be responsible for the PLP process? How will provide professional development be provided for all staff? How will provide professional development be provided for all staff? How will parents be involved in the process? How will parents be involved in the process? Middle/HS School Curriculum Implementation Issues Step # 4 – Help All Students Create & Update a Personal Learning Plan

24 Comprehensive State Career Mgmt Website Comprehensive State Career Mgmt Website Extensive Professional Development Extensive Professional Development Comprehensive & Accountable SC Programs Comprehensive & Accountable SC Programs Implementation Tools Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program

25 Statewide Career Management Website A single statewide portal providing: Career information Lifelong electronic P ersonal L earning P lans Interest, aptitude, and skills assessments Programs of study information Postsecondary education information Labor market information Employee/employer resources Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program

26 NebraskaCareerConnections Benefits Unified Vision, Mission, & Common Language Electronic Communication  Students, Parents, Schools, Agencies, & Employers Integrated Database  Informed career decision making  Accountability for career development programs No Fee for Services  Nebraska citizens of all ages Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program

27  Annual State CTE Conference  6 th Annual Nebraska School Counseling Academy  Nebraska School Counseling Career Dev Guide  School Counseling website:  Career Development website: NebraskaCareerConnections.org Extensive Professional Development Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program

28 School Counselors – Partners in Achievement Implementing a comprehensive & accountable SC program (ASCA Model) Foundation Aligning Missions: State – District - Counseling  Learning....Academic Development  Earning..... Career Development  Living Personal/Social Development Management System Setting Priorities... Use of Student Data... Yearly Action Plans... Use of Time... Calendars... Principal/Counselor Agreements Delivery System  Counseling Curriculum – E – MS – HS  Individual Student Planning  Responsive Services  Support System Accountability How are students different because of your School Counseling Program? Nebraska School Counseling Career Development Guide – pages 1-3 Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program SC Guide Pages 3, 20,21

29 Managing Your School Counseling Program Guidelines for use of time in managing a comprehensive school counseling program Delivery System ElementsElementaryMiddle School High School Guidance Curriculum 35-45%25-35%15-25% Individual Student Planning 5-10%15-25%25-35% Responsive Services 30-40% 25-35% System Support 10-15% 15-20% Nebraska School Counseling Career Development Guide – pages Step # 5 – Implement a Comprehensive & Accountable SC Program SC Guide Pages 19-20

30 “As catalysts for change, school counselors can enrich the lives of students as well as influence the culture and performance of the school.” Nebraska School Counseling Career Development Guide –

31 ... however, they need tools like CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS OF STUDY to provide students with the rigor, relevance, and relationships critical for success in a global economy!

32 Dreams... I am a child, a youth, I want to grow. I am a child, a youth, I need to know. I am a child, a youth, An adult soon to be. I am a child, a youth, Will you be the key?

33 I am ready to bloom Like a flower on a vine But I need your help To plan, learn, and climb. I am a child in your hand, A challenge indeed. Will you nourish my dreams? Will you help me succeed?

34 If too long you wait... To change... To make plans This fragile child Will wither in your hand. Remember well, My need to LEARN, EARN, & LIVE. My future’s in your hands, Please help me make the most of it !

35 Thank you! Carol Jurgens Education Consultant Chloe Jerri Tyler Chase Luke


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