Glossary


  • Career Awareness

    ​Takes place during elementary school providing students with authentic learning experiences, both inside and outside of school via standards-based, hands-on challenges. Experiences should reflect core STEM disciplines and mirror how school relates to the world of work, ideally involving families and the community. Career awareness activities for young learners help inform personalized education and career plans based on a student's identified interests.

  • Career Coaching

    ​Students engage with an outside volunteer to achieve specific career goals aligned to their personalized plan of study. Unlike mentoring, which focuses on generalized social/emotional support; career coaching utilizes a goal oriented, future-focused, action-oriented processes to inform college and career pathways and guidance. 

    Career Coaching can be administered as a career exploration activity at the secondary and postsecondary education level.

    Prerequisites

    1. Education and Career Plan
    2. Workforce Readiness Assessment
    3. Meet expectations appropriate to grade level as defined by PSAE, ACT, Compass, Common Core assessments, and postsecondary admissions exams

    Assessments

    1. Observational Assessment
    2. Endorsement/Credential
  • Career Exploration

    ​Takes place in middle school, orientation level courses at the secondary education level, and in postsecondary education providing students with an opportunity to advance their personalized education and career plan through an introduction to real-world applications of learning within a career cluster as well as a deeper understanding of the range of occupations and related skills and education requirements.

  • Career Preparation

    ​Takes place during advanced pathway and gateway courses at the secondary education level and in postsecondary education providing students with opportunities to demonstrate workforce readiness skills and develop foundational pathway/technical skills within a cluster that include opportunities to apply those skills in real-world work experiences that involve interactions with outside professionals and career coaches.

  • Classroom Support and Guest Speakers

    ​Volunteers support teachers by bringing real-world experience in the delivery of course content, programs, services, and certification preparation. In addition, volunteers provide students with orientation-level career development information specific to a cluster.

    Classroom Support and Guest Speakers can be administered as either a career awareness activity in the P-8 grades or as a career exploration activity at the secondary education level. 

    Assessments

    1. Education and Career Plan
  • College and Career Fairs

    ​Students attend events in-person or virtually that showcase college and career opportunities aligned to their personalized plan of study, including how academic pathways connect to career pathways and outcomes. Activities can include workshops, informational booths, guest speakers, and other virtual or hands-on activities. 

    College and Career Fairs are administered as a career exploration activity at the secondary education level.

    Prerequisites

    1. Education and Career Plan

    Assessments

    1. Observational Assessment
  • Competitions

    ​Similar to PBL, Competitions are focused experiential learning organized around student-centered investigation and resolution of real-world problems identified by outside stakeholders. Competitions are not necessarily embedded in curriculum, but provide opportunities for students to compete individually or as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide innovative solutions to sponsored challenges. Competitions can be administered as either a career awareness activity in the P-8 grades or as a career exploration activity at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

    Assessments

    1. Education and Career Plan
  • Co-Op/Independent Study

    ​A experiential, independent study course co-engineered by students, teachers and outside partners that is designed to advance a student's personalized plan of study as they engage in advanced pathway courses within a given cluster pathway. Courses can be a quarter, semester, year long, or taken over the summer, and can be completed either in a lab environment or on-site at an employer.

    Co-Op/Independent Study experiences are administered at the secondary education level.

    Prerequisites

    1. Education and Career Plan
    2. Workforce Readiness Assessment
    3. Meet expectations appropriate to grade level as defined by PSAE, ACT, Compass, Common Core assessments, and postsecondary admissions exams

    Assessments

    1. Observational Assessment
    2. Endorsement/Credential