Presentation on theme: "COOPERATIVE EDUCATION NOW & IN THE FUTURE OCEA Fall Symposium, October 2004."— Presentation transcript:
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION NOW & IN THE FUTURE OCEA Fall Symposium, October 2004
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION NOW CURRENT INITIATIVES Learning Plan Project –Web training--Curriculum Services Canada –Exemplar project: PPLPs and Quality Assessment Tasks for 23 new plus 17 previously published courses Posted on CSC and OCEA websites January 15/04
Emphasis on Health and Safety: Live Safe! Work Smart! for Teachers of Students with Special Learning Needs Passport to Safety Tip Sheets for Employers, Parents and Students
STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAM Announced March 2003 - $50 M in ongoing funding through Learning Opportunities Grant Support improved student achievement in literacy & numeracy for students in Grades 7 – 12 Improve pathways to graduation for students Reduce number of drop outs in secondary school Expert Panels on Literacy, Numeracy & Program Pathways have been released
Student Success Program (Cont.) Student Success Leaders produce Annual Action Plans in October/November and report back on these plans in June This year’s plan includes a set of key indicators on: Credit accumulation Pass rates in compulsory credits Literacy success rates
Student Success Program (Cont.) Courses run, student enrolment and proportion of schools offering: –Workplace preparation courses –College preparation courses –Provincially developed compulsory credit courses in English, Math, Science, and History
Student Success Program Proportion of schools running & number of students in new Grade 10 & 12 Guidance & Career Education courses (Co-op related courses) Annual School Leaver Rate Total number of students at risk in Grades 7 & 8 based on those working at Level 1 or below in English and Math
Two new courses Guidance and Career Education Student Success Program
WHY WERE THE COURSES DEVELOPED? Building Pathways to Success, Grades 7 – 12 document – The Report of the Programs Pathways for Students At Risk Work Group: Successful program pathways built upon a foundation of comprehensive, coordinated career education programs. Effective program pathways include a broad range of experiential learning opportunities. Curriculum lacked courses focusing on essential skills to serve as both a stand-alone course & a related course for Co-op. Students would benefit from early & multiple workplace experiences
New Guidance & Career Education Courses Two new courses with emphasis on essential skills & experiential learning Discovering the Workplace (GLD 20) – Grade 10 Navigating the Workplace (GLN 40)– Grade 11 Released on Ministry Website September 2004 Course Profiles available at www.curriculum.org, January 2005www.curriculum.org Regional Training: **Thunder Bay – November 22, 23 **London – November 24/25 and December 2 & 3 **Barrie – December 6 & 7 **Ottawa – December 13 & 14 **Sudbury – December 14 & 15 **Toronto – January 12 & 13
GLD 20 – Discovering the Workplace Course will allow the student to: Acquire the workplace essential skills and work habits necessary for success in the workplace; Get practical experience through experiential learning activities at school and in the community; Gain a better understanding of the work environment; Use workplace authentic resources.
GLD 20 – Discovering the Workplace Course is open to all students In particular, meets the needs of students who: –Fit the profile of students considered at-risk; –Would benefit from learning the skills required for success in the workplace and demonstrating those skills both inside and outside the classroom; –Require a related course for Co-op as part of a School-Work Transition (Pathways) program.
GLN 40 – Navigating the Workplace Course allows the student to: Learn/apply workplace essential skills/work habits; Prepare for workplace experiences; Explore a variety of careers through information interviews, job shadowing, work experience, virtual work experience; Learn independently based on their career interests. Learn how to plan a smooth transition between high school and their first post-secondary destination
Navigating the Workplace: Course meets the needs of a variety of students Related courses for Co-op in any placement; Adds to menu of related courses for students in school-work transition programs with multiple Co-op placements. Allows the student to explore the workplace through a one-credit course, in order to determine his/her choice of a postsecondary destination.
How are these courses different from other guidance courses? Focus on HRSDC workplace essential skills Focus on experiential learning within the school, the community and the workplace Opportunities for multiple and varied work experiences Use of authentic workplace materials Incorporation of Ontario Skills Passport
How/when can you offer them? Available now on the website, course profiles in January. Courses can be offered as stand-alone 110 hour full credit courses or packaged with other courses to allow more time for experiential learning Part of a School-Work Transition Pathway—Program Pathways Student Success
Links with Literacy and Numeracy These courses focus on the literacy and numeracy skills essential in any workplace; –Literacy strategies (oral communication, reading of instructions and professional resource documents, use of authentic documents); –Numeracy strategies (e.g. counting money, budget and accounting operations, number-based prediction, calculations).
Links with Ontario Skills Passport The Ontario Skills Passport is an Internet tool that has been designed based upon research on essential skills done by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) The use of the OSP by the student allows him/her to track his/her progress in the acquisition of essential skills. The Ontario Skills Passport provides: Clear descriptions of the skills required for entry-level positions in today’s job market; A list of important job-related skills.
Success Factors Teaching focused on experiential learning and activities geared towards the development of essential work skills and habits Scheduling Marketing plan
WHO SHOULD TEACH THEM? Teachers with: Background in Cooperative Education, Guidance and/or Special Education Knowledge of current literacy and numeracy strategies; A passion for student success; (Also desirables): empathy, resilience, comfort with a variety of engaging teaching strategies, good knowledge of workplace and strong classroom management skills.
SchedulingScheduling Recommended scheduling: At the end of the day to allow a more flexible time- period for workplace experiences; As part of a package with another course such as Business, Technology or Career Studies to enable students to have blocks of time in the workplace; As part of package with a Cooperative Education credit.
MarketingMarketing Courses are tailor-made for inclusion in program Pathways— School-Work Transition programs. Make students, parents, the school team, the school board team and the community aware of the availability and value of these courses. Link with local Business Education Councils to assist with employer contacts Make links to Student Success Program and « Choices Into Action » G uidance program.
Discovering the Workplace/Navigating the Workplace Allow students to develop the skills that are essential for the workplace; Are accessible to all students--have no prerequisite; Comply with the principles of the Building Pathways to Success, Grades 7 – 12 document; Promote success and school achievement for all students.
CO-OP IN THE FUTURE Key Ingredients: More students with opportunities for experiential learning Valuing learning in different settings A variety of delivery models Maintaining the standards for Co-op credits Learning to 18?
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