Student Career Development Series
Xello is pleased to support ACTE and CTE practitioners through the production of a series of publication briefs, online lessons and webinars to delve deeper on topics within ACTE’s High-quality CTE Program of Study: Student Career Development. Below is the first publication in this series, and please check back regularly as we develop and populate this page with additional resources.
Connecting Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to Career Success
By Dr. Angela Smith, School of Education, North Carolina State University
Sponsored by Xello
SEL is gaining traction within schools, particularly as research demonstrates an increase in overall well-being and lifelong benefits (Taylor, R. D., et al, 2017). Fortunately, social-emotional skills and attributes can be learned, taught, and modeled as well as dexterously interwoven and prioritized in career and technical education (CTE) programs.
by Kelli Diemer, ACTE Work-based Learning Consultant
Sponsored by Xello
Comprehensive, high-quality career development includes work-based learning (WBL) experiences such as workplace tours, job shadowing, school-based enterprises, internships, and apprenticeships. In addition to the activities themselves, WBL is often best defined by a strong partnership between an education program, an employer, and a motivated student.
by Dr. Patrick Akos, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sponsored by Xello
Early career influences are consequential. Although students’ focus is on exploration as an opportunity to gain early exposure and experience in career areas in which they may have an interest or want to pursue, there are many avenues such as hobbies, extracurricular activities and electives in elementary and middle school that shape decisions for high school CTE pathways.
Unifying Your District: Collaborating to Support Student Career Development
March 8, 2:oo p.m. EST
The webinar, based on a “Unifying Your District: Collaborating to Support Student Career Development” publication that Patrick Akos, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently wrote for ACTE, will focus on advocating for students through collaboration of CTE professionals. Successful student pathways are developed when educators, counselors, CTE coordinators, CTE industry experts and parents are aligned to facilitate informed decisions about students’ futures. In today’s fast paced society, it is imperative students are provided academic pathways that lead to student career readiness. Join this webinar to learn how to align your school district to support student career development.
Delivering Real-World Experiences Webinar
Feb. 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
The webinar, based on a “Delivering Real-World Experiences” publication that Kelli Diemer recently wrote for ACTE, will focus on establishing sustainable and effective work-based learning experiences. Successful real-world experiences should include several key components which will be outlined in the webinar to ensure a positive opportunity for students and employers. In today’s fast paced society, it is imperative students are provided successful work-based learning opportunities. Join this webinar to learn about the nuts and bolts of successful WBL opportunities.
Starting Early – Introducing Career Development in the Early Grades
Jan. 19, 3:00 p.m. EST
Elementary and middle level programs are where student career development begins and an important linkage for leaders to think about related to CTE pathways. This webinar – part of ACTE’s Student Career Development Series sponsored by Xello – will explore how to introduce career development at earlier ages and stages to ensure effective academic and career development in high school.
Moderator: Nicole Cobb, Ed.D., Vice President, ACTE Counseling and Career Development Division; Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (moderator)
- Brian Bontempo, Ed.D., Superintendent, Auburn Career Center and Ohio Technical Center, Concord, OH
- Caroline Cockman, School Counselor, Apex Elementary School, Apex, NC
- Dana Jackson, Executive Director, Counseling Services and College Access, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Grand Prairie, TX