Research has identified middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration, a process of building self-awareness, learning about potential careers, and developing a plan for reaching future goals. Career exploration engages middle school students at a time when they are at a higher risk for disengaging from learning due to challenges in forming identity, coping with puberty and navigating new environments. It also capitalizes on their developing abilities to think abstractly, and their preferences for teamwork and active learning through relevant real-life scenarios. These preferences make middle school a natural time for students to learn about careers and develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork through career exploration activities.
Incorporate career-related project-based learning in the classroom.
- Design projects and activities to develop employability skills
Facilitate academic and career planning with scalable online tools
Enable short-term interactions with business and community leaders
- Regarding the expectations for 8th grade career planning for 2019-2020 from Ben Carter with Indiana Department of Education
- Senate Enrolled Act 297 states that beginning July 1, 2019 each school in a school corporation and each charter school must include for all students in grade 8 use of either Indiana Career Explorer or an alternative internet based system that provides students with college and career planning resources. The alternative internet based system must be approved by the State Board of Education.
- Currently, there are three systems that are approved. Information about these systems (including memos sent to the field) can be found athttps://www.doe.in.gov/wf-
- The IDOE is in the process of adding it to the School Improvement Plan requirements for schools containing grade 8. Indiana has also partnered with Kuder to offer different types of Webex trainings on Indiana Career Explorer through this school year. Those trainings have been messaged through Counselor Talk and on DOE site.
- Career interest and aptitude assessment for 7th and 8th graders (from Counselor Talk, December 2017):
- Explore your career choices by how much you could earn: IN Reality
- Indiana Career Ready
- 14 Career Resources from Indiana School Counselor Survey 1-10-14
- Ready Up Career Assessments and Interest Inventories used in IN
- Construction careers – Getting Started in Construction videos and Explore Construction Careers Trading Cards
- Job Shadowing and Summer Internships 101 (PowerPoint presentation)
- National Center for Women In Information Technology (NCWIT) – The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation. The following are resources NCWIT developed in collaboration with their social science team and are based on research:
- Computer science professional development guide How education leaders can build teacher, school counselor and administrator capacity to support equitable computer science educationComputer Science Is for Everyone: A toolkit for middle and high schools to increase diversity in computer science educationNCWIT Tips: 8 Ways to Give Students More Effective Feedback Using a Growth Mindset
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