Welcome Webinar procedures. What is ECCO? History of ECCO. ECCO and the Work Based Learning continuum. What are the components of ECCO? ◦ Career Exploration Visits ◦ Career Development Workshops ◦ College Readiness ◦ Internships How and where do I access ECCO? How do I obtain full access to the ECCO Curriculum NAF GOAL of 100% Internships.
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4 key components Designed for 10 th and 11 th grades Plan-Do-Reflect Model of Learning All Students participate in all Components! Requires an ECCO Coordinator
As a result of their participation in ECCO, students will: ◦ Learn about career and college options ◦ Make connections between what they learn in the classroom and college and careers ◦ Understand and practice 21st Century Skills ◦ Stay in high school and graduate with clear plans to pursue college and career
The ECCO project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education in a grant to MDRC. As a subcontractor, Bloom Associates designed the ECCO program, developed the curriculum, and provided professional development to the six districts and 18 academies.
◦ Demonstrated that career academies produced large and sustained impacts on students’ future earnings. ◦ The study also showed that academies improve academic outcomes for students at most risk of academic failure. ◦ Work-based learning experiences such as internships are a likely contributor to these impacts. ◦ ECCO was designed to provide academies with tools, curriculum and resources to help them provide these experiences for all students
A resource to improve/enhance and strengthen what we are currently teaching Used with other NAF resources can improve academy quality as it relates to Work Based Learning. Turn key and easily accessible for teachers. Enhance current lessons/visits and offerings
Essential Principles of ECCO 1. ECCO consists of four key components: Career Exploration Visits and workshops, College Visits and workshops, Career Development workshops, and the Internships program. They are all essential and should be delivered in the sequence specified in the materials. 2. ECCO is designed as a program for students in the 10th and 11th grades, with options for including 9th and 12th grades. Curriculum exists for grades 10-12. Freshmen sometimes use part of the 10th grade workshops. All students in each grade level should be “cohorted” in at least the theme or career-technical classto facilitate proper delivery of ECCO curriculum and activities. Otherwise, some students will miss the opportunity to participate.
3. ECCO is based on a “plan-do-reflect” model of learning: students should participate in the lessons before and after the workplace and college visits. Generally, students who miss the lessons should not participate in the visits. 4. All students should be offered the opportunity to participate in all ECCO components, including an internship (as long as they participated in prior ECCO activities). If students are not available for a summer internship, they should have the opportunity to participate in one during the school year or have other capstone work-based learning options. 5. For successful implementation, ECCO requires an academy-level teacher or other staff to serve as the ECCO coordinator. Coordinators should receive compensation for this added responsibility in the form of release time, pay, or extra duty stipend. They should also receive professional development, logistical support, and all ECCO curriculum materials and guides. If the district or school cannot provide these resources, they should be discouraged from adopting the program.
Expand awareness of careers and work environments Connections between what is learned in school and expected in the workplace Observe how employees apply job-specific skills, transferable skills and technology in the workplace. Skills to interact comfortably and confidently with working adults. Awareness of academic, technical and personal skills required in the workplace.
Inform all students about post-secondary education options. Prepare skills for enrolling and succeeding college. Includes workshops, visits to 2 and 4 year colleges Counselor and Parent Involvement (Deep Dive! Not an ordinary field trip)
Connection of learning from school to work! Increase student confidence by working with adults. Familiarity with workplace skills ◦ Time Management ◦ Diversity ◦ Leadership ◦ Stress Management Acquire 21 st Century Skills ◦ Teamwork ◦ Time Management ◦ Creative Thinking ◦ Problem Solving
Crosswalk of ECCO Curriculum with Work Based Learning Template 10/12/2013 9 th Grade10 th Grade11 th Grade12 th Grade Curriculum Plan What NAF and core courses are students expected to take as part of the academy? ECCO Lessons Career Development ECCO Lesson College Readiness NAF Courses Core Courses ECCO Lessons Career Development ECCO Lesson College Readiness NAF Courses Core Courses ECCO Lessons Career Development ECCO Lesson College Readiness NAF Courses Core Courses ECCO Lessons Career Development ECCO Lesson College Readiness NAF Courses Core Courses Career Awareness Career Preparedness Career Exploration Work-Based Learning Plan What are the college and career readiness skills and attributes that students will be able to demonstrate with WBL? Career Development Workshops Endless Job List Taking a Stand on Beliefs about Work The Big Picture Guest Speaker Planning a Resume Writing a Resume College Readiness Workshops What is College? Myths and Facts Researching a College and Planning a visit Reflections on the College Visit Planning for College Intro to College Board Resources Career Development Workshops Endless Job List Taking a Stand on Beliefs about Work The Big Picture Guest Speaker Planning a Resume Writing a Resume College Readiness Workshops What is College? Myths and Facts Researching a College and Planning a visit Reflections on the College Visit Planning for College Intro to College Board Resources Career Development Workshops Why do an Internship Anyway? Why revise my Resume Every Year? Creating and using Business Cards The Winning Interview College Readiness Workshops Planning Ahead Choosing the Right College Guest Speaker: College Entrance Exams Preparing for the College Visit Reflections on the Visit Preparing your own College Visit Career Development Workshops Choosing a path that’s Right for YOU Career Academy Skills for Success Revisited Writing a Winning Cover Letter Individual Job Shadows College Readiness Workshops Planning Ahead Applying to College Guest Speaker: Financial Aid Finishing Strong: Making a smooth Transition What work-based learning activities will be built into the academy to reinforce those skills? NAF Internship ECCO Internship NAF Internship What are the student learning outcomes for: 1.WBL activities 2.College and Career readiness skills and attributes Career Awareness Career Exploration Career Preparedness
Key Findings ECCO significantly improved the capacity of career academies to offer college and career exploration curricula and activities. Academies with little or no existing capacity were able to launch all the components of the ECCO program within the first year. As a consequence of this increased capacity, students in ECCO academies participated in career and college exploration activities at substantially higher rates than students who were enrolled in the same academies before ECCO was implemented. The ECCO academies were successful in placing into internships most of the students who were interested in and available for them. The internship component of the academy model is often viewed as the most challenging aspect of implementation. Surprisingly, when students did not participate in the internship program, they more likely opted out of it, rather than what has commonly been cited as the reason for low take-up rates — that not enough employers choose to host interns. The students’ reasons for opting out of an internship included mandatory summer school and already having a summer job lined up.
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