The district ACP team will efficiently create a graphic representation of your district's ACP implementation using the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Infrastructure and ACP Component Rubrics. This will be used as a basis to identify gaps in ACP delivery and barriers for implementation. It will be the basis for the development or improvement of an ACP implementation plan.
Students will use positive communications skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings, and identify the skills needed to be a responsible friend and family member. They will report data using charts, tables, and graphs.
Related Subject: Language Arts, Math
Grade Level: Elementary
Concept: Self-Evaluation, Communication
Related Occupations: All Occupations
Type of Activity: Small Group, Individual with class discussion
National Career Development Guidelines: Develop an understanding of yourself and maintain a positive self-concept. (PS1)
ACP Programs typically have students gather artifacts throughout high school to represent their learning and growth. Many times these artifacts are gathered in a portfolio format. This particular reflection on student learning is completed by having students complete an oral reflection about a particular artifact of their choice. The rubric is provided for the presentation with the intent that the student is able to link their experiences in and outside of the classroom to soft skills they will need in their future as a student and employee. This type of reflection can reinforce current soft skills emphasized in your district and help student make the connection between school and career.
A comprehensive ACP Program has students create and revise Individualized Learning Plans annually. This lesson provides examples of grade level ILP forms that can be modified by school districts to use with students prior to course registration on a yearly basis. The ILP's can also be shared with parents during Parent Teacher Conferencing or ACP conferencing. Students will reflect on their strengths, areas to improve, standardized test results, Career Clusters of interest, post-secondary planning, course selection and co-curricular involvement.
Job Shadowing is an important part of Academic and Career Planning. Job shadows typical take place in high school and/or the early years of college. In order for everyone involved in the job shadow experience, it is necessary to take the time to prepare our students prior to sending them out for a job shadow. Students need to research careers and companies. If students set up their own job shadows, they need to have instruction on how to make the phone call or how to make the request in email or in person. The ask should be modeled and role played to help students prepare. Students need to prepare and ask questions during the job shadow experience. Getting feedback from the job shadow mentor and students is helpful in making improvements for all involved as well as making lasting relationships for future shadows. And, don't forget the importance of a thank you card from the student as well as the school.
Personality Assessments have been used for decades and can be a valuable tool in Academic and Career Planning. Humanmetrics.com http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp provides a free personality assessment and results analysis. Students should not merely take the assessment but should delve into their results by looking at the personality types strengths and weaknesses, potential careers and how businesses use personality assessments. Results should be viewed with a critical lens and should help students have a better understanding of the importance of self-reflection as part of their ACP process.
This classroom activity introduces students to the 16 career clusters, and provides them an opportunity to find two careers to match each career cluster in a group activity.
A PowerPoint presentation that will guide students through the first steps and the Match Maker feature in Career Cruising.
Facilitate middle school to high school transition using with the development of vocabulary related to transcripts, grades, course designation, and categorization vocabulary. Present and develop the vocabulary students need to understand course options and selection to plan the High School ACP and for options beyond high school.
Students will research a career of their choice and present information about their chosen career in the form of a wax museum where they dress like the people would in that career and report basic facts about the chosen career path, such as education, salaries, and daily activities.
This 7th grade Jobs and Employers lesson leads students through a comparison of two colleges using student-selected criteria in the Xello platform.
The purpose of this lesson is for students to research career clusters and pathways then develop a Facebook or other
social media site for a career cluster. The site will include information important to the career decision-making process. There is a guide for items student need to address for the development of the career cluster social media site and a pdf copy of the career clusters inventory.
In 2001, Budding Blooms Greenhouse was created and initiated for fourth-grade students between two elementary school teachers at Tower Rock Elementary School in Prairie du Sac. The purpose was to create hands-on activities that promote an understanding and respect for Wisconsin’s agriculture. The vision for ls project was three-fold: to-naturally integrate real-world learning in every part of the curriculum, to utilize the program as a mentorship opportunity, and to obtain district-wide involvement.
Often when a person has their first job, it is an entry-level position which require minimal experience and education/training. As a person spends time in that position, they may be able to move up to another position based upon their new experience/education/training levels. We call this a “career pathway.” This 7th grade Discovering Learning Pathways lesson leads students through an exploration of the pathway for a student-chosen career.
Even when you are doing a job which you don’t intend to stay in forever, you’re building your employability skills. Employability skills are those skills which are transferable to other careers and which may help you to advance in your career. These could be academic skills like communication and basic math skills, or they may be personal characteristics such as critical thinking skills, promptness, and adaptability. In this 8th grade Job Skills lesson, students will investigate the skills and personal characteristics which are transferable from one occupation to another.
Students will learn about careers and entrepreneurial businesses that exist within their own community by taking pictures and interviewing people working. This is a great way of creating career awareness or encouraging a more in-depth study of entrepreneurial careers. This can be used as a way for students to hone communication skills; become more familiar with different kinds of jobs, and expose them to a wealth of career possibilities. This activity can also be used to foster business/community partnerships. It can be used as a formative activity to prompt student motivation and interest, or as a summative assessment through which content is assessed for the inclusion of the targeted learning objectives.