CD LEAD Teacher Meeting – June 2017

“Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more you chase it, the more it will elude you.  But, if you turn your attention to other things, it comes softly and sits on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau

We began our final June CD LEAD Teacher meeting with a continued “happiness” focus.  We learned about happiness and life lessons from a ‘butterfly’ as we continue to embrace change.

Agenda:
Welcome & Happiness Activity
CD BIG Pictures
CD Virtual Reality Activity
CD Role and Division Initiatives
CD Discussions
YearEnd Tasks
Career Development Lockbox Activity
Reflections, Wrap up, Safe Travel Home

Slideshare:

CD Fun and Games:
Our final meeting was filled with some career-related fun as we explored The Learning Partnerships’ CD Virtual Reality Videos  We took some time to explore the videos and related links and discuss curriculum connections, possible use of these videos in creating rotation stations for Career Education students, etc.  As well, Ellyse shared information on how we can create our own virtual reality viewers.  DIY Virtual Reality Headset and DIY Virtual Reality Headsets  Some of you plan to implement ideas explore next school year.  Please keep our team posted on feedback from your students.

Towards the end of our session, we competed in a skill-building lockbox team challenge.  This “Back to the Future” themed challenge involved finding clues, decoding puzzles, and unlocking a series of locks in order to accomplish the task.  Our teams were very competitive and it was awesome to see 21st Century Skills in action.  Following the activity, we discussed many classroom/curriculum connections.  I look forward to hearing from those of you who decide to try these challenges with students next school year.  You can search for various challenges or register at BreakoutEDU for some pre-designed challenges.  As well, if really adventurous, you can create your own!  For the purpose of this activity, I made my own lockbox kits, but you can also purchase them if you prefer.

 

Wrap-up/Year-end Tasks:
We still have a number of year-end tasks to complete before year end.  Please see individual emails which provide additional detail to this list of Career Development Related wrap-up/year-end tasks.  They are due by June 21st, 2017.  Please reach out with any questions/concerns.  Thanks!

Summer Activities:  
*  Take some time to explore and reflect on details found on our Sun West PeBL WordPress Blog and new PeBL Website.

*  If you are looking for summer PD, take some time to read various Blended Learning articles from The Hechinger Report or read various books/articles on Blended Learning and/or Personalized Learning (some of which are available from the Division Office).

Exit Slip:
Choose one of the following Exit Slip activities:
*  In thinking about our 2016-2017 school year, what do you consider to be some of our shared successes and/or areas of future focus?  Please reply to this blogpost with your comments.
*  This year, we worked as a team to expand further ourselves on our PeBL journey.  How do you plan to further incorporate/implement our learnings next school year?
* Rather than reply, create your own blogpost on our Career Connectors Blog regarding your year-end reflections/goals for next year, etc.
*  How do you see the Virtual Reality or Lockbox Challenge experiences connecting to outcomes in your various classrooms in order to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students.

Thank you for your ongoing professionalism, dedication, and commitment to our shared goals and initiatives.  Thanks to all of you for another incredible year of learning together as we support students and their families with the life/career development process.

Career Development Celebrations/Acknowledgements:

* Thank you to Sam and Renee for taking the lead and sharing ideas with us at our CD LEAD Teacher meeting.  It was great to see your Career Education classroom notebook in action, Sam.  This allows students to progress through outcomes at their own place and pace and provides for some other personalized learning activities during your class time.  Renee, we appreciate the info you share from a DLC lens.  Your Moodle course will be very informative for students and parents and will help families with the life/career development process.  Also, your dual role with Student Support Services and Career Development helps our CD LEAD Teachers see supports from a broader perspective.

* We sadly bid farewell to our Career Development Guru, Kevin, as he re-retires and spends more time exploring new interests, travelling, and spending time with his growing family.  We can’t imagine our CD world without you, Kevin, but wish you every happiness in the years ahead.  Feel free to come back and visit – and help with the Career Fair next year!

*As well, we are hoping Chris will change his mind, but we all know he has career counselled himself into a new occupation.  We are proud of you for setting and reaching your recent goals, Chris.  You are an inspiration to us in terms of being able to balance work, family, new learning, and new experiences as you change occupations.  You are a tremendous asset to our team and your personality and talents will be greatly missed.  That being said, we support your decision and wish you well in life’s next adventure.

* We continue to value the leadership of Shari Martin who has allowed us to venture out in this  Career Development field and try a number of new things in support of students/families.  Thanks Shari!

* To our CD LEAD Teacher Team, I look forward to working alongside you even if in a slightly different capacity next year as we continue to change and grow in support of personalized life/career investigations of students.  It sounds like we could all use summer holidays in order to rest, rejuvenate, reflect, and plan forward.

I will leave you with Life Lessons From A Butterfly:
let go of the past
trust the future
embrace change
come out of the cocoon
unfurl your wings
dare to get off the ground
ride the breezes
savor the flowers
put on your brightest colors
let your beauty show

Change is constant and learning is ongoing.  We will navigate this time of change and transition together.  I look forward to our 2017-2018 adventures in career development.
HAPPY SUMMER! 

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CD PLT – April 2017

CD PLT Meetings (April 3rd and 4th)

April 3rd and 4th were big days for us in relation to working towards our 2016-2017 CD PLT Goals.  In addition to our CD PLT agenda, April 3rd was spent planning for CWEX Moodle updates including a conference call with Jade at our DLC.  On the 4th, we traveled to Kenaston where we met with a number of DLC Rockstar Teachers and gleaned information and ideas as to how to plan our Moodle courses.  Awesome 2 days of learning!  Thanks everyone.

A special shout-out to Jade Ballek and DLC Team for taking us under wing and sharing knowledge, ideas, and expertise.  Much needed and appreciated.

A slideshare of our April 3rd Agenda:

No additional reflections this time as we all have our work cut out for us in terms of completing our CWEX Moodle planning tasks.  Thanks for your professionalism and hardwork, everyone!

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CD LEAD Teachers – March 2017

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.

Agenda:
Welcome and Re-Introductions
Space Team Collaborative Activity
CD BIG Picture
CD Role and Initiatives
CD & Community
CD Updates
Future Meetings
Exit Slip Reflections and Safe Travel Home

Slideshare:

Highlights:

* 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.
Learnings:      
– 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:

Article Reflections:
– 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.

Activity:
– 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 Highcontinues 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!

Future Meetings:
June 5, 2017

Exit Slip Reflections:  

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,

Vanessa Lewis
Career Development Consultant
Sun West School Division

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CD PLT – January 2017

Hello everyone!

Our January CD PLT meeting provided us with a chance to work collaboratively on our shared goals including PeBL learning, ePortfolios (Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan), and CWEX Moodle updates.   Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our shared goals.

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Agenda:
Welcome and Happiness Activity
Career Development Planning
Teacher Professional Practice
Learning Together
Matters of Business
Future Meetings
Wrap up and Safe Travel Home

Slideshare:

Highlights:
* Welcome and Happiness Activity:  We begain our meeting with the “Daily Happiness Vacation” Activity.  “Research has shown that, rather than their intensity, the frequency of positive emotions and feelings is a stronger predictor of our overall level of happiness.  Meaning that it’s more effective to increase the number of positive experiences, than it is to intensify them.”.  Retrieved from https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/positive-psychology-exercises/#daily-vacation

Mindfulness is an important practice in supporting positive mental health and happiness.  A possible app to help us with this can be accessed at:  https://potentialproject.com/hbr-focus/

We also decided to download the Spaceteam – A Cooperative online game for our next CD LEAD Teacher meeting as a fun way to engage in team-building and leadership.

* Career Development Planning:  The bulk of our meeting was spent engaged in working together towards our shared goals.  There was time to engage in PeBL Phase 1 moodle module learning, critique our current ‘beyond’ planning of the Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan, and work towards our CWEX Moodle updates.  We all left the meeting with ‘homework’.  I realize these goals are a big commitment for all of us, but it will be so valuable to the work we do with our students in a life/career capacity.  Thank you for your professionalism and positive attitudes!

* Teacher Professional Practice:
Please provide Vanessa with some possibilities for Round 2 of walkthroughs between February 3 and March 3rd (ish).  It is awesome to see you engaging with students in support of life/career investigations.  I look forward to witnessing different aspects of your CD roles as we head into Round 2.  Maybe a CWEX visitation? Career Counselling Session?  A Career Education class I haven’t joined yet, etc.  Please provide me with some possibilities so I can create a schedule to meet with all of you.  Thanks!

* Learning Together:
We briefly discussed a few timely topics such as semester end updates, apprenticeship credits, celebrations, CLEVR, Student Leadership, CAPS/COPS/COPES, Relevance Magazines, etc.

* Matters of Business:
Please remember to include your reflections on our various blogposts.
If you have PD funds left, you may want to look into the Contact Conference to be held in Saskatoon on April 25th and 26th, 2017.

* Future Meetings:
CD LEAD meeting – March 6th, 2017
CD PLT Meeting – April 3rd
Possible Kenaston CD PLT meeting – April 4th (Day 2)

Exit Slip:
I see some of us are a bit behind on our blogpost reflections/comments.  As such, the only Exit Slip is to read this and previous blogposts and take time to share your thoughts.  There are some prompts to guide your reflections in a number of the posts below.  Our December CD LEAD Teacher meeting was an involved meeting – that might be a good place to begin with your reflections.  Thanks!

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CD LEAD Teachers – December 2016

Seasons’ Greetings!

Our December CD LEAD Teacher meeting is a chance to engage in career-focused professional growth and development as well as network with our team members.  Thanks for a productive meeting, everyone!

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CD LEAD TEACHERS 2016-2017
Back Row:  Renee Harrison, Heidi Marchant, Chris Germaine, Ryan Johnson, Cara Owens
Front Row:  Natalie Chupik, Vanessa Lewis, Char Dansereau, Kevin Gawletz
Missing:  Sam Motier, Elizabeth Pfeiffer/Shannon Stephenson

Agenda:
Welcome
Role of CD LEAD Teacher
CD BIG Picture
CD Updates
Team Picture and Gift Exchange Fun!
Future Meeting
Exit Slip Reflections and Safe Travel Home

Slideshare:

Highlights:

* Welcome:
 We began our meeting by welcoming new members and sharing a couple of short stories from The Book of Holiday Awesome by Neil Pasricha.  This led us to a short sharing session or our own versions of Holiday Awesome!

* Role of CD LEAD Teacher:  All of you play a vital role in the success of our various Sun West School Division Career Development Initiatives through your role as Career Development LEAD Teachers.  We took some time to discuss the various ways you support students/families with the life/career development process as well the various resources/supports available to you in this role.  If you require a refresher of some of the highlights, take a look at the details in the Slideshare or in our shared ONE DRIVE folder.

Quicklinks to our CD Team created resources are:
Career Connectors Wiki  (Thanks all!)
Career Connectors Blog  (Thanks all!)
Career Development FB Page  (Thanks Renee!)
Career Development Website  (currently must have Sun West account to access but looking to change that)
CD Newsletter (Thanks Chris and Kevin!  See wiki)
CWEX Moodle Modules (Thanks CD PLT Team!  Please inquire with Vanessa if needed)
ONE DRIVE folders with details from all of our CD PLT And CD LEAD Teacher meetings

* CD BIG Picture:  
Professional Reading:  We took some time to engage in professional reading from Career Development Practice in Canada. (epdf-of-career-development-practice-in-canada-chapter-1-the-emergence-of-career-development-in-canada )   Due to Vanessa’s challenge with photocopying, we ended up summarizing and moving on.  As a result, the link to the article and a self-reflection are included as a a choice of exit slips.  A great read!  Hope we captured the big ideas – feel free to review at your leisure.

Research:  We explored generalized findings in a Career Development article titled Fostering college and career readiness:  How career development activities in schools impact on graduation rates and students life success” from the University of Derby ICeGS Occasional Paper, 2011, as a spark to career-related discussions.  A reflective prompt is included as a choice in the exit slip below.

Graduation Rates Priority BIG Picture:  As a team, we explored some statistics in relation to the Graduation Rates Priority within our province and division.  We engaged in meaningful discussion over the data shared and reflected on connections to our own Sun West students and their stories.  We all own this!  Our Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan is an action related to our A3:  Graduation Rates Priority and we will continue our support of students this year and beyond in effort to help improve our overall graduation rates.  Of note is last year was the first division wide implementation of our A3 Graduation Rates Outcome – Grade 9 and beyond Transition Plan.  This required a lot of extra coordination and planning in support of our students and teachers, thank you!

Junior Achievement Partnership:  We also discussed current 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.  The plan is to continue with Our Business World and Dollars with Sense.  Some of you will be offering it each year, some every other year depending on class splits and such.  As a CD LEAD Teacher, your support of our Grade 6 and/or 8 Career Education Teachers within your buildings is much appreciated.  Please let Vanessa know if any questions or if supports are needed.

CD Updates:
CWEX and DLC courses/placements:
 We discussed details and progress in relation to CWEX courses and DLC off-site work-based placements.  Please reach out to Vanessa if you have any questions or concerns about anything.  As well, please remember to keep our CWEX and DLC partnership documents updated.  ‘Tis the season for preparing to send out Certificates and Thank you Cards to cooperating employers for any placements ending in January.  If you require certificates, please ask Vanessa.

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!

My Blueprint:  We connected with a representative from My Blueprint to explore the functionality of the resource.  You can all create your own accounts as per instructions.  The resource is free till 2019 thanks to Ministry of Education.  We will continue discussions as to how this may support our Grade 9 and beyond Transition Plan.  Currently we utilize the Sask Careers websystem.

Duke of Edingburgh:  Vanessa shared information on the Duke of Edinburgh program.  Information is contained in our December meeting shared folder on ONE DRIVE.  Please ask if any questions.

CAPS/COPS/COPES:  Most of you will be gearing up for CAPS/COPS/COPES testing in the new year with your Grade 11 students.  Some of you picked up additional copies of inventories at our meeting.  If you require more, just let me know in advance and I will send them to you.  Also, if you need a CAPS/COPS/COPES refresher, please connect with Vanessa.

DLC:  It was great to review DLC related updates as a team.  Lots of incredible options for kids now and moving forward.

Chatter High continues to be on our radar.  If any of you wish to run a student team through the contest next fall, 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.

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!

Gift Exchange Fun:
Thanks for getting us organized with the Gift Exchange activity, Chris.  Fun…although, we weren’t very aggressive with the ‘stealing’.  May have to up our game next year!  Chocolate seemed to be a popular item – and fitting with our CD Team.  😉   Thanks all!!

Future Meetings:
March 6, 2017
June 5, 2017

Exit Slip Reflections:
Please reflect on one or some combination of the following:

*  Option 1:  Review Chapter 1 of Career Development Practice in Canada:  Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism.  Article:  Emergence of Career Development in Canada –
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Note:  You can download chapters to the entire Book for FREE at:  http://ceric.ca/resource/career-development-practice-in-canada-perspectives-principles-and-professionalism/  (This is AWESOME!)

Over the years, Canada’s economy has evolved and changed.  What kinds of supports are necessary to support students as they prepare for the 21st century?  What do you hope to accomplish in your role as a Career Development LEAD Teacher for our Sun West School Division?

Option 2:  We reviewed the generalized findings of the “Fostering college and career readiness:  How career development activities in schools impact on graduation rates and students life success” from the University of Derby ICeGS Occasional Paper, 2011. (click link and then download article).  We learned that Career Development in schools can help improve Retention, Academic Achievement, Transitions, and Career/Life success.  Please reflect on the CD work you are engaged in with students and highlight a few ways in which you feel your practice supports any of the above areas.

Option 3:  We have a number of Career Development Initiatives underway in addition to our everyday work with students.  Please reflect on what is going well and/or what supports you require in relation to supporting our students with one or all of our initiatives.  (Grade 9 and Beyond Transition Plan, Junior Achievement Partnership, DLC off-site work-based placements, etc.).

Enjoy the sparkle and magic of the holiday season!

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Yours in career development,

Vanessa Lewis
Career Development Consultant
Sun West School Division

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CD PLT – November 2016

Good day,

Thank you for your incredible efforts, open-mindedness to new ideas, willingness to collaborate and think critically, and respect for one another as we engage in thought-provoking dialogue (especially when our ideas/opinions may differ).  We are learning and growing together personally and professionally as we continue on our PeBL journey.

Please keep the above quote in mind as we continue to work towards our CD Goals for 2016-2017.
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”  – Theodore Rubin

If you require details of our meeting, please refer to our One Drive File.  For general information on Agenda and Slideshare, see below.

Agenda:
Welcome
Career Development Planning
Teacher Professional Practice
Learning Together
Matters of Business
Discussion of future PLT’s and CD LEAD Teacher Meetings
Reflection, Wrap-up, and Safe Travel Home

Slideshare:

Highlights:
PeBL Phase 1As a team we identified the need to gain a better understanding of PeBL.  As such, we decided to work through the Sun West learning modules regarding the 3 Phases of Blended Learning.  Our goal is to begin with Phase 1 and deepen both our understanding and practice.  We began together but will continue through the module at our own pace.  As we learn more, we will reflect upon and share our acquired learnings, understandings, and changes to current practices.

 

 

DLC Updates – We collaborated via SKYPE with the DLC Admin Team for some Career Development/DLC related updates and discussions.  Discussions focused around better understanding of learner groups, course selection processes at DLC, impact of drops, online suitability, feedback processes, etc.  See our One Drive minutes for details if you require a refresher.

 

Feed your thinking – Twitter can be a great tool for personal and professional development.  To feed thinking, you may want to explore areas of interest or review these posts for our next meeting:
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Exit Slip: 
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Thanks for another productive and meaningful day.  Please feel free to reach out if any ideas, questions, comments.

Take care,

Vanessa Lewis
Career Development Consultant
Sun West School Division

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SCWEA Conference 2016

scwea-4The theme of this year’s Saskatchewan Career and Work Education Conference was “Diversity in the Workplace”.   Thanks to the support of Shari Martin, a number of us were able to attend as a TEAM.  We learned together (and played together!).  Ryan tried his hand at blackjack, Chris returned home with a great prize, Char became famous (listen to her interview below!!), and Vanessa survived the haunted house (not sure why she had to go first!).   All returned to Sun West School Division with new connections and ideas and look forward to sharing with the entire CD LEAD Teacher Team.

Sound Cloud interview with Char Dansereau:

 

Living Sky School Division eJournalism students reported at conference and created an amazing website to preserve our learnings.  Click on the image below to listen to podcasts, view write-ups, etc.:

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For further information, access various social media tools such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.:
scwea-2Reflections:
Please make some time to reflect and comment on the 3-2-1 prompts below:
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Thanks all!

Sincerely,

Vanessa Lewis
Career Development Consultant
Sun West School Division

 

 

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