Role of the Classroom
The role of the classroom is to shift the student’s daily and hourly experience
of learning and teaching through the introduction of a broader focus of topics, which includes industry, and a broader definition of teacher, which includes community partners. The addition of community partners extends instruction to include engagement methodologies that rely on performance assessment and project-based learning. All of the pathway planning around college and career readiness across the system is designed to positively impact and support what happens at the classroom and student level. The classroom then is the main stage and focal point of the pathways.
College and Career Readiness Classroom Domains and Resources
Students reflect on their values and interests as they consider a career field. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more career exploration visits prior to transitioning to career preparation. The career preparation experiences include building skill in and applying knowledge of industry best practices; all designed to increase student engagement and give students multiple opportunities to practice and perform. The career development strand culminates with an internship and is designed to maximize the growth and learning from real world experiences. The industry focus and career development are not intended to force career choices in high school. The industry theme provides instructional focus and coherence. Career development within the industry theme builds students’ capacities to pursue opportunities in other fields and industries after high school. Career development then broadens, rather than narrows, opportunities.
Domain Resources 1-4:
Students explore their own interests and consider the relevant postsecondary options. Students are challenged to begin building their college success network and graduation plan. Students learn how to prepare in the critical areas of applying for financial aid, applying for college acceptance, and navigating a successful transition out of high school and into a postsecondary program. The full range of postsecondary program options includes everything from 4- and 2-year college to employment or military training that results in high-value certifications.
Students develop in the areas of digital, financial, and civic literacy. Students learn how to be ethical digital citizens in their online communities and explore the impacts of cyberbullying. Building their financial literacy, students explore lessons on budgeting, basic banking, and credit. The strand encourages students to become engaged citizens able to navigate society and social advocates in their geographic communities – finding issues to examine, conducting research, and taking action.