Bridging the Accountability Gap in K-8 Career Development. Virginia Career VIEW VSCA Conference 2014. Discussion in groups. How are you/your school currently integrating career exploration into the core curriculum? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Virginia Career VIEWVSCA Conference 2014Bridging the Accountability Gap in K-8 Career Development1How are you/your school currently integrating career exploration into the core curriculum?What are some barriers you have run into? How are the barriers different at the elementary and middle school levels?andHas your school system implemented any accountability measures for school counselors?
Discussion in groups
2When students perceive math (e.g., Hulleman, Godes, Hendricks, & Harackiewicz, 2010) and science (e.g., Ainley & Ainley, 2011) to be useful, they tend to be more interested in it. Instructors can demonstrate the usefulness of the content by explaining to students how the material is related to their interests, career goals, and/or the real world; or by providing opportunities for students to engage in activities that demonstrate the usefulness of the content (for examples, see Jones, 2009) (Jones, B., Ruff, C., & Osborne, J.W., in preparation).
Why should we connect career development to classroom learning?Jones, B. D., Ruff, C., & Osborne, J.W. (in preparation). Fostering students identification with mathematics and science. In K.A. Renninger, M. Nieswandt, & S. Hidi (Eds.), Handbook on interest, the Self, and K-16 mathematics and science learning. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.There isnt a negotiation if youre a teacher, says [Lynn] Linde, a past president of ACA. Why as a school counselor do you have to negotiate? You dont tell a math teacher how to teach math. Teachers have a lot of latitude within their classrooms. Why dont we [as school counselors] have the same latitude (p. 35)Counselors will play a role in ensuring that all students have access to the courses that properly prepare them for college (p. 36).Often times administrators look at school counselors as not having a class list and papers to grade, and programs suffer because counselors are often assigned to extra duties, such as running the school wide testing program, filling in for absent teachers, performing supervisory duties, etc. (p. 36)[Administrators] simply dont understand the depth of what these counselors offer, says Patricia Henderson, school counselor and guidance administrator for over 30 years (p. 36).
Counseling TodayClaiming their rightful place at the table
Shallcross, L. (2013). Claiming their rightful place at the table. Counseling Today, Volume 56/Number 2. August 2013.4Support classroom learning; working toward same goalsReinforces/reviews classroom learningStudent Motivation: MUSIC Model (Jones, 2009)eMpowermentUsefulnessSuccessInterestCaringHow does career exploration connect to classroom learning?Jones, B. (2009). Motivating Students to Engage in Learning: The MUSIC Model of Academic Motivation. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21. Retrieved from http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/
Study conducted in 2012, Dr. Michele SeibertSurvey sent to 1178 counselors in Virginia via email387 responders met criteria for the study (full or part-time elem. counselor in 2010-2011)1/3 of elementary counselors in Virginia represented in the studyWhen asked:What Activities are being used by Counselors with the Highest Self Efficacy?Used online career exploration programsInformed parents of career development school counseling standardsInformed teachers of ways to incorporate career development into the classroom (Seibert, 2013)Current ResearchSeibert, M.G. (2013). The impact of elementary career development practices and elementary school counselor self-efficacy (Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Tech). Retrieved from Addressing Barriers: Finding SolutionsBarriers:Counselor doesnt have enough time to teach a lesson in every classTeachers not interested in having classroom time interruptedAdministrators not supportive of career exploration; dont see the importanceCommunity [in general] doesnt value post-high school plansOthers?
K-8 resources by gradeEasy-to-edit templatesSample school program Teacher GuidesGuides and grids to easily identify SOL connectionsCards for teacher feedbackResource: Strategic Planning GuideReach out to teachersSend a letter with attached resources and ask teachers to consider using the resources to support a lessonOffer to come help teach the lesson (co-teach)Suggest including career exploration resources as part of a substitute teacher lesson planInvite teachers to a 30 minute training about how career exploration connects to classroom learningand give them resources!At the middle school level, ask exploratory teachers to include a career development piece relevant to their subject; offer to provide resourcesOr, ask elective teachers to be a part of a school-wide assembly and have each teacher talk a little about what careers relate to their field of teaching
How to engage teachers
Engage: Use the Classroom Career Connections program as an opportunity to talk to parents about Career Pathways, ACPs, 21st Century Skills, STEM Initiatives, etc. and why career exploration is relevant to their childs future [and so important!]Reach: Post updates to the school website, facebook page, or weekly newsletter/emailInform: Keep parents informedRememberParents are the MOST influential figure for students when it comes to making career choices
How to engage parents
Connect classroom learning to the real world Make the core curriculum relevant to the futureEncourage students to explore interestsKids Search and Who R UCareer Search and School SearchRecognize student successes; highlight great workVimeo VideoGlogsterLiveBinderEncourage: Post contests/experiences opportunities for students on school bulletin boards, in newsletters, emails, or school website
How to engage students
Point out the state and/or federal initiatives will be supported by integrating career exploration into the core curriculumStart a school-wide program (ie: Classroom Career Connections) incorporating teachers, parents and studentsAccountability:Keep track of the connections being madeUse pre- and post- tests to show how student learning has [improved] because of the classroom-career connection How to engage administrators
Career Development Standards Checklist
Career Development Standards Detailed Record
Student Feedback: Lack of student data (Seibert, 2013).Accountability: ResourcesSeibert, M.G. (2013). The impact of elementary career development practices and elementary school counselor self-efficacy (Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Tech). Retrieved from Student Motivation
Easy to useEasy to scoreClear resultsPractical implications
Jones, B. (2009). Motivating Students to Engage in Learning: The MUSIC Model of Academic Motivation. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21. Retrieved from http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/
Explore VIEW Website
www.vacareerview.orgK-8 printable resourcesGuides and grids (by career cluster, SOL, Counseling Standard)Interest Assessments [Kids Search, Who R U?VIEW ToolkitsCollege and Career ReadinessAcademic and Career PlansSTEM Occupations BooklistsParent and Teacher Guides
VIEW Resources Supporting Core Curriculum
Classroom Career Connections ProgramSample letters/response cardsTeacher guidesSample event flierCareer Pathways documentAcademic and Career Plan Educator GuideAt least 4 resources per grade connecting career exploration to career exploration
Strategic Planning Guide Resources
Virginia Career VIEWfieldere@vt.eduEmily Fielder