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Career Education K-12 curriculum

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Starting in kindergarten and throughout their journey through to graduation, students are taught to identify and develop their personal interests, passions, and competencies.

The Career Education curriculum fosters lifelong learning, and consists of three major phases: Developing Foundations, Exploring Possibilities, and Pursuing Preferred Futures.

Experiential learning, community connections, and personal reflection equally guide students as they transition along the career-life development path.

K-5: Developing Foundations in Career-Life Development

In Kindergarten to Grade 5, career-life development is largely about the expanding sense of self, positive community engagement, and reflection on learning and goal-setting. Students develop an awareness of their personal interests and strengths, and the roles and responsibilities of family, school, and community in supporting their lifelong learning journey.

Grades 6-9: Exploring Possibilities in Career-Life Development

In Grades 6-9, students continue to reflect on, self-assess, and set goals in personal competency development and determine their strengths and preferences as they explore career-life concepts such as identity, leadership, personal planning, and transferable skills. Students are introduced to increasingly diverse experiential learning opportunities and ways in which family, mentors, and community networks support their continued career-life development.

Grades 10-12: Pursuing Preferred Futures in Career-Life Development

In Grades 10-12, students further refine personal career-life development goals through experiential learning, cultivating community connections, gathering authentic evidence of learning, and reflecting on competency development. They explore post-graduation possibilities in diverse educational, work, and personal life contexts and build the personal career-life management skills needed to effectively pursue who and how they want to be in the world. Career-Life Education (CLE 10) and Career-Life Connections (CLC 12) are part of the graduation requirements, and Career-Life Connections includes a career-life exploration component and a capstone.

For many students, contemplating career-life possibilities becomes prominent for the first time during grades 10-12. Curriculum that provides an intentionally aligned learning progression encourages students to move from exploring various career-life possibilities and practicing employability skills to applying their refined self-knowledge and career-life strategies as they move forward in advancing preferred future possibilities.

 Capstone Project

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The Capstone is a rigorous learning opportunity that allows students to reflect and share in personally meaningful ways, and is a requirement for Career-Life Connections and for graduation.

The purpose of the capstone is to let students demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and passion(s) that they can offer the world, as they integrate personal interests, strengths, and new learning with preferred future possibilities.

It is a deeper learning experience that supports the student’s continued learning journey into post-graduation possibilities, and provides an opportunity to reflect and synthesize as well as showcase and celebrate.