Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10
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Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10
A Guide for School Practitioners

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© 2013 | 144 pages | Corwin

Quick solutions for developing career-minded students!

Ask most preteens and teenagers about life after high school, and you’re likely to get blank looks or bored shrugs. Spark excitement and help kids feel motivated about staying in school by making the college or career connection come alive with this indispensable resource that takes the guesswork out of career awareness counseling.

Chock-full of ready-to-use lessons, this book gives busy teachers, school counselors, and parents succinct lessons that generate deep discussion and inquiry about the real world of post-secondary education and work. Extensively researched topics provide frank data and straightforward advice on wages, cost-of-living realities, job market projections, and promising new careers to help students match their interests and abilities to suitable career paths. You’ll get students, even those that are struggling, college and career-ready with

  • 20-minute lessons for advisory, afterschool, and mentoring settings
  • Talking points, reflections, and conversation starters to identify interests and abilities
  • Skills assessments and job training requirements to help students make informed decisions about future career paths
  • A companion website with downloadable forms for easy instruction

Use this one-of-a-kind, indispensible resource to curb drop out rates and help students take charge of their futures!

“The content is valuable for ALL students, including academically at-risk students, to prepare and motivate them for their future. This book is pragmatic, the activities and topics are engaging and on target, and the information is spot on.”
—Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

“As a principal, I find myself having routine conversations with students, counselors, parents, and business owners about what the 21st-century graduate needs to be able to do in the world of work. This book provides a practical, hands-on approach that is easy to understand and provides a ‘wake-up call’ about the importance of education. I recommend this book to students, parents, and practitioners from the middle school level through adulthood!”
—Steve Knobl, Principal
Pasco County Schools, New Port Richey, FL

 
Introduction
 
Suggested Use
 
Directions
 
About the Data
 
Acknowledgments
 
Topic 1. Education: The Key to Your Future
 
Topic 2. More Education = Better-Paying Jobs
 
Topic 3. Studying, Learning, and Getting Good Grades
 
Topic 4. School Subjects and How They Relate to Careers
 
Topic 5. Ready or Not: High School, Here We Come
 
Topic 6. How Interests Now Spark Careers Later
 
Topic 7. Navigating to the Job of Your Dreams
 
Topic 8. There Are So Many Jobs. How Do I Decide?
 
Topic 9. College Life: Much More Than Studying and Classes, It's Fun!
 
Connecting the Dots
 
References
 
About the Author

Supplements

“This book provides an opportunity for students to think critically by asking them about real-life situations. This is vital because it is more likely to have a lasting impact on students”

Ian L. Brodie, Middle School Counselor
Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA

“The content is valuable for ALL students but could also be used for academically at risk students, including alternative high school students to prepare and motivate them for their future. This book is pragmatic, the activities and topics are engaging and on target, and the information is spot on.”

Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

“As a high school principal, I find myself having routine conversations with students, counselors, parents, and business owners about what the 21st century graduate needs to be able to do in the world of work. This book provides the learner a practical, hands-on approach that is easy to understand and provides a ‘wake-up call’ about the importance of education in today's world. I recommend this book to students, parents, and practitioners from the middle school level through adulthood!”

Steve Knobl, Principal
Pasco County Schools, New Port Richey, FL

"Sarah Klerk has created a treasure trove of crucial facts and well-crafted solutions to help young people explore careers and understand the academic work required to achieve their goals."

J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO
College Summit

"Connecting the Dots has tremendous potential to help us in the important work of explaining the relevance of education to children, of linking our children's current realities to their bright futures. We welcome this important new resource in our efforts to transform our community through education."

Michael F. Rice, Superintendent
Kalamazoo, MI
Key features
  • Suggests conversation starters for educators to use when talking with their students about the importance of a college education or career training
  • Provides specific talking points and discussion questions for adults to use in an easy-to- implement, flexible format that can be incorporated in a variety of setting
  • Includes quizzes and reflection questions for students to get them thinking about the relationship between education, career prospects, earning potential, and quality of life
  • Matches education, training, and careers to provide students with a toolkit that will help them navigate the world of work

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Education: The Key to Your Future


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