March – Lion or Lamb?
Our March CD LEAD Teacher meeting was a chance to collaborate with team members and to continue to learn and grow as professionals. Thanks to all of you for a positive and productive meeting. Please take some time to review, reflect and respond.
Welcome and Re-Introductions
Space Team Collaborative Activity
CD BIG Picture
CD Role and Initiatives
CD & Community
Exit Slip Reflections and Safe Travel Home
* Welcome: A special welcome to our newest CD LEAD Teacher Team Member – Ellyse! We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on this new adventure. WELCOME to our CD LEAD Teacher Team!
* Space Team: We participated in the free Space Team game (we each downloaded the app prior to our meeting) as a team building exercise.
– couldn’t gain access via BYOD wireless
– switched to Learning Centre and used code – worked well
– not everyone had the app or wanted to download the app, but 6 of us started the game together. By the end, there were only 3 of us left. We are not sure if this is how things were supposed to go or not? We were expecting to fly or crash the ship as a team.
Space Team Reflection:
– good laughs and good fun!!
– we processed the skills we were using following the game
– we reviewed a classroom friendly ‘space-exploration’ occupational learning style/career investigation activity that could be used with Career Education students to connect to game to the classroom.
– wish we would have thought to take some pictures or video as it was hilarious!! We might have to try it again at a future meeting to see if we can improve our communication and teamwork.
– thanks to Doug and Terry for the inspiration
* CD BIG Picture: You are the key to success in relation to our Sun West School Division Career Development Initiatives. We further explored the BIG Picture of Career Development by engaging in a professional reading activity. We took some time to choose one of the ASCD January 2017 Articles to review, “Getting Schools Ready for the World” by Will Richardson or “Globally Ready – Or Not?” by Marc Tucker. From there, we reflected on:
– What strikes you as new or confirms a current belief? Explain.
– What are some connections you see between the ideas presented in the article and our own work as Career Development Teachers within our Sun West School Division.
In response to these questions, we discussed:
– We feel we are on the right path in Sun West School Division in terms of the ideas presented in the articles but there is more work we can do to more fully develop ‘deep’ learning cultures.
– We recognize the importance of helping students develop 21st Century Skills
– We see value in helping students grow a knowledge base both inside and outside of the classroom.
– We are wondering if Graduation requirements need to change in order for students to better customize pathways, etc.
These are just a few of your fabulous thoughts – Feel free to expand in the comments to this post.
Graduation Rates Priority: As a team, we further expanded on the Graduation Rates Priority discussions we began in December by exploring the Student First Stories.
– Choose a story to read
– Respond to prompts on online form:
What does student success look like?
What barriers are preventing us from supporting students?
How can those barriers be removed?
What are we currently doing with our division to help students “find their future”?
What is working?
What needs to change?
Your thoughts and reflections are compiled with that of our Admin Team (online form) and will be reviewed by DO staff in support of further planning in this area. I especially appreciate the comments focused around the importance of ‘relationships’ and ‘engagement’ in relation to the career development supports you offer to our students. Thank you!
A3: Graduation Rates Priority: We discussed successes, challenges of our current Grade 9 Transition Plan using Sask Careers. As always, please referred to Sask Careers shared folder in ONE DRIVE. Note: This plan was in Division Wide implementation last year so all of your current Grade 9’s need to complete the plan this year as part of Career Education and all of your Grade 10’s should have completed last year and be on the ‘beyond’ journey this school year. If for any reason this is not the case, please reach out so we can devise a plan to support ALL students. Thanks!
We also discussed the “Beyond” piece of the Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan as portions of our pre-existing plan will shift/change now that we are doing more focused work in Grade 9. Kevin and Vanessa will send out a draft next week with the expectation all Grade 10 students will have completed the checklist by the end of this school year. In talking to all of you, it seems as though we are on track as this. As always, if any questions/ideas, etc. pop up along the way, just let us know.
Junior Achievement Partnership: We took a few minutes to discuss our Junior Achievement initiative with Grade 6 Career Education (Our Business World) and Grade 8 Career Education (Dollars with Sense). In relation to JA, you should all have access to our ONE DRIVE folder and all of the supporting information from last school year. It sounds like all of you have been supporting the Grade 6 and/or Grade 8 Career Education Teachers in your buildings or are teaching the modules yourself. AWESOME! Please take time to update teacher names in the Junior Achievement Folder (Junior Achievement Partnership 2016 2017) in the next few days as I need to submit information to JA. As a CD LEAD Teacher, your support of our Grade 6 and/or 8 Career Education Teachers within your buildings is much appreciated. Please reach out to Vanessa if any questions/concerns.
CWEX and DLC courses/placements: We discussed details and progress in relation to CWEX courses and DLC off-site work-based placements. A brief reminder to use Sun West Website for related FORMS. Please see Career Connector Wiki for CWEX Handbook and other awesome resources for CWEX and in support of setting up Action Plans and Monitoring DLC placements. The CWEX Handbook contains assessments for CWEX classes, but please refer to DLC ONE DRIVE folder for DLC related assessments. Thanks, Cara, for bringing to my attention an error with the formatting one of the documents. I will get that fixed up. As always, please remember to keep our CWEX and DLC partnership documents updated.
* CD & COMMUNITY
We watched a Career Cruising video and discussed how parents are key influences in life/career decisions of youth AND how community is invaluable in supporting investigations and providing authentic real-world learning experiences.
* CD UPDATES:
Career Counsellor and Grade 12 Checklist: Reviewed Career Counsellor monthly checklist on our Career Connector Wiki and talked about the value of the Grade 12 Checklist as shared with our division. Definitely value in creating our own.
Scholarships: There is a scholarship presentation developed and shared on ONE DRIVE if you wish to use it (also on our wiki). Feel free to make changes, upload your version to share with the rest of us, etc. We also talked about some timely scholarships.
CLEVR: Please keep up with entering details of Career Counselling Conversations with students using your CLEVR accounts. This is very important for tracking purposes. Thank you!
Science Updates: See email from Shari. Also, Chris will let us know what he finds out regarding ‘prerequisite’ info for Bio 30 during this transition year.
Aboriginal Access to Engineering Resources: Offer a series of free Comic Books and an Activity Guide that showcase a number of engineering disciplines and how they might be good occupational choices for aboriginal youth. They are geared to elementary students but the content is fantastic and worth sharing with teachers within your schools. Another great way to further support career development.
GenAG: GenAg representatives would appreciate having Sun West School Division students participate in GenAg this school year. It is a unique career exploration program for high school students in which teams develop and implement a creative ag-focused idea to students in their school. They also develop a “Success Story” Portfolio highlighting their plans. This would be a fabulous cross-curricular activity as it supports many of the Career Investigation and Exploration Modules in a number of different courses such as Science 10,m CWEX 20/A30/B30, Entrepreneurship 30, etc. Check it out and please let me know if you plan to give it a whirl as I can connect you directly with organizers. Thanks all!
Chatter High: continues to be on our radar. If any of you wish to run a student team through the contest, Vanessa is willing to help you investigate details and get up-and-running with it. Or, there are some good general resources on the site, feel free to take a look.
Walkthroughs: Our second round of Walkthroughs were to have been completed already. If you haven’t scheduled a visit with Vanessa, please do so ASAP! As well, Vanessa is looking to visit our larger schools again so please provide her with some possibilities.
Networking: Discussion time was built-in throughout the meeting in order for team members to communicate with one another in relation to successes and challenges. We all share common Career Development Goals (the ‘why’), but the ‘how’ looks a little different in different locations across our division. It is great to be able to share ideas, best practices, etc. with one another in a safe and supportive environment. Thanks all! We are learning together!
June 5, 2017
Exit Slip Reflections:
Please reflect on one or some combination of the following:
Option 1: Make some dedicated time to extensively review this and our December CD LEAD Teacher meeting posts (and CD PLT meetings if you wish) and post meaningful, reflective comments on each. Some of the posts include exit slip activities which can guide your posts, but please don’t be limited by the suggestions. This blog will have more value for all of us as we think deeply about our professional growth and continue to interact with one another between meetings.
Option 2: Whether you participated in or watched our Space Team Activity, what were the skills we needed to successfully fly the spacecraft? What were some of our ‘team’ successes? What were some challenges? If we try this activity again in the future, what could we do to improve?
Option 3: Set and record a few short term goals you have in terms of your role as a CD LEAD Teacher and how you plan to further support our various initiatives and our students as we approach the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Once again, thanks ALL! Always awesome to LEARN TOGETHER! Thanks to all participants for sharing ideas, successes, challenges. Special thanks to Kevin for time in helping to create the ‘beyond’ portion of the Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan and for leading us through Sask Careers and MyBlueprint how-to’s. Much appreciated!
Yours in Career Development,
Career Development Consultant
Sun West School Division