School closures and travel bans throughout much of the 2020–2021 school year made it difficult to provide on-site support. In response to the requests of our partners and the unmet needs of other school districts, ConnectED adapted our services for virtual delivery – including a series of College & Career Webinars to support educators.
March 26 – “College and Career Readiness in a Changing World: Career Awareness & Exploration”
The first in the series is focused on having students do career research using our Day at Work video library and lesson plans from Exploring College, Career, and Community Options (ECCCO) curriculum. Both of these free resources help students explore their interests as well as potential jobs and careers, and that require a relatively “small lift” for educators and parents in terms of access to technology.
April 2 – “College and Career Readiness in a Changing World: Virtual Work-based Learning”
Providing students work-based learning experiences in industry can be very difficult, if not impossible, due to factors such as health and safety, age, security, proximity, time, and transportation cost. How might we provide students with an experience where they can interact with industry professions even when these factors get in the way? In this webinar we explore several ways to provide students work-based learning opportunities through online and other creative outlets. We also hear from practitioners in the field as they share promising practices as well as on-going challenges.
April 7 – College and Career Readiness in a Changing World: Equitable Digital Teaching and Learning for College and Career Pathways Sheltering in Place”
As we connect with our partners across the nation and learn what you are all facing in your specific contexts, we see patterns and possibilities emerging in the response to the Covid-19 crisis in college and career pathways environments specific to the ways pathways students, teachers, leaders and partners were already “doing school” differently before the outbreak. We share the most pressing challenges we’re tackling, promising practices we’re using to address these challenges, and the areas of greatest need for further support, problem-solving, and collective action.
April 23 – Leveraging CTE in a COVID 19 World
Career and Technical Education (CTE), in particular, has often used real-world application and promoted cross-curricular connections to engage students more deeply. It’s one thing to have students read assigned books or compute math problems at home, but how do educators deliver CTE content when so much of the curriculum requires a hands-on approach? In our fourth webinar, we explore this question and discuss the challenges of delivering quality CTE in this time of distance learning. We also hear innovative approaches from fellow practitioners.
May 5 – “Meaningful and Engaging Digital Instruction using the Pathways Approach”
Rigorous, college preparatory academics – done differently, through industry-integration and real-world application – are a core component of the college and career pathways learning experience. But what does it look like to “do” core academics differently in a digital space, at a safe distance from school, the workplace, and each other? We explore this question in our 5th webinar.