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November 2019 Webinar: Endorsements and Middle School Career Exploration


>>Okay, we are going to
go ahead and get started. We are recording and I hope
everyone can hear me okay. Good morning, educators. Thank you so much for joining us for our monthly webinar series. Our November webinar
will cover Endorsements and Middle School Career Exploration. Our staff has created many resources to support college and career exploration starting in those middle school grades. And this morning, several of our staff will review teaching and
counseling tools on this topic. And we will also cover
some district activities and lessons used in the field. Today, we have over 50 people registered for the webinar, and we’ll
go ahead and get started. We have reserved an hour,
from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. So for all of our attendees, you will receive a follow-up email with highlights from the webinar and a link to access the recording. We’ll also post all of our
webinar content on our website, TexasOnCourse.org. Feel free to share our webinar
and additional resources with your colleagues that will
find the information helpful when working with students and families on college and career planning. So just a quick overview
of the Zoom format. If you can hear me and see my
slides, then you are all set. There’s a couple of different settings. The first one is the audio. Everyone that attends
the webinar is muted. And we will save time for
questions toward the end. There’s a raise your hand
and lower your hand feature if you’d like to ask a question, but we do have some time
to put your questions in the chat box at the end, or also the question and answer box, which looks like this. And then the top-right corner, you can change your screen size. So most of the educators
that join the webinars are familiar with Texas OnCourse, but if you’re new to our resources, we can tell you a little
bit about who we are and what we do. Texas OnCourse is a
state-funded initiative designed to improve college and
career advising and readiness across the State of Texas. We provide free college career and military readiness resources for educators, students, and families that can help your campus and district. Just to provide a quick update. Today, Texas OnCourse
has over 13300 educators that are registered and
actively using our academy. Those educators are represented
in over 3000 schools and in over 900 districts. And in the last year, we’ve
really seen exponential growth and have heard great feedback from counselors and advisers in the field on using our resources. So to give you a quick
agenda for today’s webinar. We will start with brief introductions of everyone contributing to
our webinar this morning. The Texas OnCourse Resource Spotlight will be from Jamie Bell, curriculum and instructional manager from our Content and Resource team. Next, Jaslyn Green will
share our popular tools created by the Texas Workforce Commission that are embedded within our curriculum. And then finally, Leader
Fellow Mia Bradford will share Houston ISD’s
implementation plan for delivering college
and career instruction at their middle school campuses. Then we’ll have an opportunity
for guests to ask questions, and highlight our future webinars and make a couple of announcements. I’ll start with my our short introduction, my name is Lara Gueguen, I am assistant director
of program implementation here at Texas OnCourse. My background is in K-12 counseling and college and career advising. And I work really closely
with our school districts and their implementation of
our middle school resources and our academy.>>Good morning everyone
my name is Jaslyn Greene, I’m the associate direction
of content resources at Texas OnCourse. Background in K-12 and
really supporting students with college access. And at Texas OnCourse I ensure
that all our information included in our tools
and resources is accurate and really relevant for your practice.>>Good morning everybody, my name is Jamie Bell, I’m the curriculum and instruction manager. I taught seventh grade
science for ten years and wrote curriculum for my district. And currently I review,
revise, edit, develop the curriculum that we have
here at Texas OnCourse.>>Good morning everyone
my name is Mia Bradford and I am really glad to say
that I’m a Texas OnCourse leader fellow. In addition I am a director in Houston independent school district in the department of innovation and postsecondary programming. And mostly recently founded
a comprehensive college and career readiness program
for middle school students and now elementary school
students called Project Explore. My background is I was a
school counselor for nine years in New York City department of education and after that I was a
director of college counseling in a sixth through 12th grade school. So all of my career has been centered around college access and
academic advising in assuring that our students’ dreams come true.>>Okay so I’m going
to do the resource spotlight and first we’re going to talk
about our academy modules. All right you can go to the next slide. So in case you’re unfamiliar our academy has recently
been updated this past summer and it looks a little different if you haven’t signed in recently. Here’s an example of our
layout and dashboard. Once you’ve logged in you
can check your progress and explore the modules. Next. So, the next few slides
are our training modules that can help educators feel confident in the info they share
with families and students about endorsements and career exploration. So we have the first one
is the basic principles of postsecondary pathways. Next. Our other modules around
this are career assessments, career clusters, pathways and endorsements and the high school graduation plan. And here’s an example
of the different badges that can be earned. Next. The final module is starting early college and career readiness in middle school. So our next resource is Middle Galaxy. In partnership with the
Workforce Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, we identified the top 100
growing careers in Texas. In the game, the students
will complete missions and they will look at the skills needed to complete those missions. And connect those skills with endorsements and career pathways. This is an engaging game where they have and review
relevant job information and the students can also identify their own skills and abilities that they see in the jobs that they come across for the different missions. Next. So like I said, students
can identify information that piques their interest when they look at the cards
for the different jobs. And our hopes is that
students learn about careers that are new to them
and enhance their level of awareness through gameplay. Next. Here’s an example of a
student activity sheet from our curriculum. We have a couple of lessons that incorporate Middle Galaxy
in our curriculum guide. This lesson as well as another one called Bonus Round Bonanza
where the students look at the different skills and
relate that to team work. Next. Our next resources is MapMyGrad. MapMyGrad is used to help students assess their own personal interests and how those interests
align with the endorsements. Next, please. So, next the students can
move to the about portion and start with the
basics, as you see here. It tells us what it takes
to graduate in Texas. This is a great conversation starter. Students can access an outline of the foundation high school program and start thinking about
their own four-year plan. Next. Sorry, forgot to turn my page. So here we encourage
students also to explore and study the endorsements themselves, as you can see the
endorsements tab highlighted. And students can connect the endorsements with career pathways on this page. So, again, in the curriculum guide, we have lessons designed
around the MapMyGrad portion of our resources. And here’s an example, Find Your Path, where students reflect
on their answer choices to the endorsements quiz and analyze if the endorsement given
was the best fit for them. Next. Here we have our newest resource to share. The endorsements basics two-pager. You can boost your knowledge
and you can also help students and families navigate
the selection process. And our final resource
that I would like to share is the career fair toolkit. This was designed by our leader fellows, but it’s a way that you can incorporate career exploration at the campus level. It has all the things you need to design and implement a career
fair at your campus. And I’m going to hand it over the Jaslyn.>>Great, thank you Jamie. Good morning again
everyone, this is Jaslyn. Through our resources,
as you’ve explored them you may have noticed that
we typically highlight several resources from the
Texas Workforce Commission, super excited about the
opportunity to be able to partner with them. And some of their resources are definitely super helpful with aiding US educators and helping students
understand endorsements and also explore careers. So, when helping students explore careers, we encourage you to utilize
the Jobs You all site. So this website launched
in 2018 to raise awareness about opportunities and
benefits of Texas industries. Also to really just inspire
and attract young Texans explore careers and really
understand the educational and training needs to
best position themselves where jobs will be available when they actually enter the workforce. Throughout the website,
students have the opportunity to explore more information about careers that are in the top eight high paying and also fast growing industries in Texas. After selecting the industry, students are able to
view industry highlights, additional facts that
include occupation highlights and education and training options as well as additional industry and state specific resources. Under the career explorer section, the website provides
additional career exploration tools for students to use and
I’m going to highlight a few of those tools found under that section. So one of the tools is
the Texas career check. Some of you may be familiar
with this resource. This resource in 2017 received an award for the Best of Texas winner for the best online resource in terms of providing students with information around
career exploration. The Texas career check is a great place to help students begin
learning about careers. Under their occupations
information section, it gives an alphabetical,
comprehensive list of over 1100 occupations so that students can learn more
about each of the occupation and I’m going to dive into
some of the information that’s available to students today. So this is an example
of an occupation summary for an accountant occupation. So the site provides a brief description of the occupation,
annual wage information, employment rates, as well
as the education level and the day to day job tasks. One nice thing about this
section is that it also includes information on
which endorsements area this occupation falls under. To really help students
begin to make the connection between their endorsement and
their careers of interest. Another neat feature about the website is it also includes videos on daily and like tasks for most of the occupations so students can really
gain a better understanding of the on-the-job tasks and the types of organizations who employ these occupations
along with those required education as well as
skills that are necessarily for each particular occupation. In addition to the job tasks, the occupation summary
also includes specific Texas regional employment information. This truly helps students understand how many jobs will be available in their region for each occupation along with the annual salary
and potential job openings by the time they enter the workforce. So it truly just helps
students make more informed decisions about selecting
and entering careers fields that are within their region and also throughout the state. The occupation summary
also includes information about available certificates
and other occupation titles. This is super helpful
in career exploration. Maybe students are
interested in an accountant because they really
enjoy certain jobs tasks. And so this information provides or really just helps them
explore additional occupations that offer some of
those similar job tasks. Throughout the site,
students also have the option to compare two occupations. So the search results really provides a side-by-side comparison
of general information of each occupation which shows labor market information and also highlights the
knowledge, skills, and abilities that are required. When comparing those occupations students have the option
to print the information or save it as a PDF. This could be really helpful
in terms of having students maybe complete this task prior to you introducing the lesson, or in advising students so
they specific information to discuss relating to each occupation that they’re interested in. There’s also information
about military occupations and so when we think about CCMR and preparing for college
career military readiness, students have an
opportunity to really view what branches offer each occupation, learn more information about what they do, what’s the training provided, what’s the work environment like, and even more information
about which career cluster is it related to. The last feature we’d like to highlight from the Texas career check website is the career entrance profiler. This is a free career assessment that we definitely encourage you to have your students take if you’re not already
introducing a career assessment to the students. Students are asked to answer 60 questions to identify occupations relevant to their likes and interests. The results leads students
to a list of occupations so that they can further explore with their personality type scores. So the occupations are categorized for the students as far
as best fit, great fit, or good fit. The last thing I’ll mention about the entrance profiler is if a student saves their
personality type scores and they’d like to visit the site later, there is an option in
this right hand corner where students can
quickly enter their scores and just go right back
to those occupations that they were truly interested in. Under the career explorer
of the Jobs You all site it also includes the
Texas reality check tool. I’m sure you get questions
from students about how much money they can make
within a certain career. So the Texas reality check
really shows students how much their living expenses will cost if they’re able to really just afford their desired lifestyle. The lifestyles and occupations calculator can help students understand
if the occupations they’re interested in will pay enough to cover their monthly expenses and how their cost of
living may vary by location. This site really lives up to its name. I remember back just
introducing this to ninth and tenth graders in the high school level and even some of the
middle school students and they really started off by just saying I want a huge mansion and
a really expensive car and after everybody saw how much
they were going to take home, they quickly began to just
adjust their lifestyle. So definitely encourage
you to use this tool with your students and families. And the last resource that we’ll highlight also on the career explorers
of the Jobs You all website is the Texas internship challenge. This will provide students
with the opportunity to make real world connections
to their career of interest. So the internship challenge
helps students search and also apply for internships
with Texas employers. Internships are a great
way to explore careers in a real world setting,
really gain some of those marketable skills and also
network with professionals. This site helps students work on creating their first resume. Also searching and
applying for opportunities by occupation and also location. All of the resources we’ve highlighted are available on the Jobs You all website. This website can really
be used for US educators, counselors and families
to connect students and their children with information about what are those top industries, high wage, high growth
opportunities in Texas. And now I will turn it
over to Mia Bradford to share some campus level best practices and talk a little bit about
college and career curriculum. Mia.>>Okay, thank you Jaslyn. Good morning everyone,
I’m so excited to be here and talk about how we in HISD implement college and career readiness curriculum. So as I mentioned earlier,
my superintendent, last year, wanted to create a comprehensive college and
career readiness program for middle school students because she realized the
importance of starting earlier than high school in order to increase our
college and career going rates. And so I put together a proposal and it was accepted and funded,
which is always awesome. And Project Explore was born. So we actually started
out in 10 middle schools, last year, yeah last summer. And this year we have
expanded to 28 middle schools across our district and we are now piloting in
four elementary schools. Because we want to make
sure that we are engaging our students as early as possible. We can go on to the next slide. So the mission of Project Explore is to equip our middle school students with the experiences and skills necessarily to make informed decisions as they navigate their
secondary and postsecondary education and career pathways. So what does that mean for us? That means experiences. We want to make sure
to expose our students to as many options as they have. And Texas OnCourse has
definitely helped us to provide resources to
our students and families. We can go to the next slide. So just to give you an overview of what this looks like on
the middle school level. So, the way that we connect
our students to college and career opportunities, we have school day explorations, and I’ll talk more about
that in the next slide. We have after-school expeditions, weekend excursions, summer experiences, and one-on-one advising along with college and career readiness curriculum. Okay next slide. So, our advisers. We have an adviser on each of
our 28 middle school campuses and we have a manager who supports the four elementary campuses. And our advisers actually
recruit 75 students so, 25 students in each grade level, so 25 sixth, 25 seventh,
and 25 eighth graders. And those students make up
the Project Explore cohort. In addition to supporting their
75 students in their cohort, they also aim to impact the campus by creating a college
and career ready culture. So a couple things that
we do for the campus as a whole is that we deliver
college and career readiness curriculum to all of the eighth graders or as many eighth graders
as we have access to on the campus, and we do that during the fall. And then we reach the seventh graders with the Texas OnCourse
curriculum during the spring. We also put on a college and career fair for the entire campus. And then we have field trips which are for our cohort students. However, we have extra space on the bus. Often times we’ll partner
with maybe an AVID teacher or a wrap-around specialist
and allow other students on the campus to attend. One of our biggest assets, I think, is our one-on-one advising because that’s when the student
will really get to dive deep on the assessments that the students do, around their interests and their goals and talk to the student about what that path is going to look
like to make that a reality. For our eighth graders, we do three one-on-one advising sessions. For our seventh graders we do two one-on-one advising sessions and our sixth graders we
do one advising session. We also offer cohort meetings and during our cohort meetings
we focus on soft skills. Because we all know that even though there’s a technical aspect to
college and career readiness we also know how important our
public speaking skills are, knowing how to network,
knowing how to interact with different types of people. Teamwork and things like that. And those the things that we
cover in our cohort meetings. Of course we take our students on in-state and out-of-state college tours. So over the summer we took our students to Louisiana State University, as
well as Southern University. And then during the school year, we are out and about around
Houston and outside of Houston. Because we know a lot of our students never get to leave their neighborhood. So we go to places like U of H. We take them to UT,
Prairie View, Texas A&M. So we really try to get them
outside their comfort zone. We can go to the next slide. We also take them on industry visits because we know that ultimately most of our students hopefully
will go into the workforce. So we want to expose them to as many types of
industries as possible, and we do look at the
high demand industries. So for example, we had some students go to the national manufacturing day, the Loan Star Flight Museum, energy day, so they were
learning about STEM. We also took them to the longhorn project which is a pretty cool experience where they get to learn about agriculture as well as NASA. So it’s really cool. A really cool STEM experience. A lot of students are
interested in health sciences and in Houston we have
the largest medical center in the nation, so it’s
really great for them to learn about health sciences. And then we have some
really great conferences that comes through our city as well, so we took a lot of our students to the Houston Hispanic
Forums college and career day. And I happen to be the middle school chair so I get to help plan this event. And so here some photos
of our cohort meetings. So this is where, again,
students do a deep dive into the soft skills. So you can see some of our
students are working on vision boards, presentation skills, they have industry professionals that come in and share
about their careers. We also have mentoring
and students are actually able to do some hands-on projects and do some experiments as well. And here’s some photos
from our summer experience. So in the upper right hand corner, we took some students out to the zoo because we want to expose,
again, our students to as many options as possible. They got to go to the Apple store and learn how to code. They got to go to the aquarium and not only meet some sting rays, but they also got a behind the scenes look at the restaurant at the aquarium and what it’s look like
to manage a restaurant, and they had a culinary experience where they were actually
able to bake cookies. And then the last
pictures on the far right you see students with having an experience with learning how to build
robots and code robots to actually, they made little cars so that they can program
them to move across the room. So, how do we plan our curriculum? Well, it’s a three step process. It seems simple, but it
definitely takes some planning. So the first thing that the principal does at our middle school
level is that they decide on who the designee will be. If the campus is a Project Explore campus, then our Project Explore advisers will deliver the curriculum. And I’ll talk more about that in a moment. The designee then attends training. So we have trainings over the summer. And then the principal and the designee will determine a course to push into. And they will set up the three dates. Three dates for the
seventh grade curriculum and four dates for the
eighth grade curriculum. So, our curriculum is pretty short. So it doesn’t take up a whole semester. So that’s why we push into classes where we can reach a majority of students. Going back to step one, I like to call these people
our champions in the work. So these are the people who are in front of our
students on a daily basis and are delivering this
curriculum to our students and helping them to
connect why it’s important. So again, we have 28
Project Explore advisers across our district. We have 53 middle schools, so hopefully one day we’ll
have a Project Explore adviser on every campus. If the campus doesn’t have
a Project Explore adviser, and they have a counselor, because again, not every
campus has a counselor. The counselor may be asked
to deliver the curriculum. Or it could be a teacher, a coach, it really just depends on the campus. And we’re not a centralized district, and so that’s why the person
who delivers the curriculum may vary across campus. Next slide. So, I wanted to start with
our seventh grade curriculum. Excuse me. Because this is where we
introduce our students to endorsements and career pathways. So we have three modules. We do one in January,
module two in February, and module three in March because we want to make
sure our curriculum is completed prior to when
we go into STAR testing. So in module one, this is
where we do more exploratory. So this is where our seventh graders take the cluster finder in Naviance. And they discover what career cluster matches their personality. Or matches their interests. Module two and three are actually lessons that we took directly from
the Texas OnCourse curriculum. So we’ll use unit one, lesson three, which is on investigating career clusters and programs of study. And then for module three
unit one, lesson four, which is understanding the
five high school endorsements. So really in seventh grade, we set the stage for
endorsement and career pathways. So again, either a Project Explore adviser or a counselor or designee will facilitate the classroom instruction based on what they
learned through training. Our best practices is really to push through social studies or science, because of course, every student has one of those two classes, or
actually both those classes. But, in some cases, we have
to push through a lesson so that means we have to
do a lot more planning on our end to make sure that we reach a majority of the students. And then, we use surveys in Naviance at the end of each lesson, to check for understanding. So for module one, this is the agenda that we have in our curriculum. So, for this particular module one, it’s actually the same
module for seventh grade and eighth grade. And, you see My Personal Highway, that is the name of our
eighth grade course. So, the first thing we
have our students do is to take a college and
career readiness pre-survey because we really want
to know where they are in terms of aspirations and what knowledge they already have. We’re developing a partnership
with Upskill Houston which is a part of the
greater Houston partnership. And the greater Houston
partnership has an arm that partners businesses
with education entities. So that way, we can be
sure that we’re actually preparing our students to be
valuable in the workforce. And so that’s what that survey is for just to assess what the
needs are of our students here in HISD and how our
business community in Houston can support our students in their efforts. Then we show a Road Trip Nation video, we show only two minutes of that. And this video is centered
around first generation college students and what it meant to them and their families for them
to be first generation. And why it was so important. Then we internally, we
had some videos created. We have a video called “Who Am I?” that we show and then we end the lesson with the career cluster finder assessment which is in Naviance. And I know not every district has Naviance so again, you can use the assessment that Jaslyn just talked
about from jobsyall.com. So in module two, this is where we get into the nitty gritty of the career clusters. So we have the students to use the links that you see here. And again, you’ll get
all this information. We have a lot of links
and resources to share and you’ll get that at
the end of the webinar. But essentially we have our students, as they’re doing their research, they are completing this sheet called investigating career clusters. And basically the questions
that are being asked on that sheet. I’m going to actually
zoom in so I can tell you. So the students go to this
website: tinyurl.com/clusters16, so the cool thing about this module it’s centered on research and in the TEKS for seventh grade, they also have research. So what we’re trying to really do is have students use skills
that they’re learning in their English class or the ELA class. So once they’re on that website and you can totally use this website for yourself as well. Students are going to write
two to three sentences describing the career
clusters they’re researching. And remember in module one, they took a career cluster assessment, so for our students,
they can actually go back into Naviance if they
forgot for some reason, and look at their career cluster results. They will write out the
two to three sentences and after that they’re
going to list three jobs within that cluster. Then they are going to use the
Texascareercheck.com website. So we use a lot of the resources
that Jaslyn just mentioned. They go into Texas career check website and then they’re going to
look up those three careers and write down what endorsements those careers fall under. So we’re helping them make the connection. The fourth question asks them to write out what type of education
they need for the career they want to pursue. And depending on how much time, every adviser or counselor
has a different amount of time that they can deliver the curriculum, so if they have a whole class period. The students may be able to
research three different jobs, but if they only have about half an hour, the student may only be
able to research one job. And then finally for question five, it asks what are the
top three skills needed for this career? So, from there, the student then takes
the survey in Naviance where they have to actually record this information that they wrote on their worksheet in Naviance. And the reason why we have
them do it on paper first is because sometimes with
technology challenges, it’s hard for students
to go back and forth between websites, so all they really have to do is have their worksheet in front of them, and transfer this
information into the survey on Naviance. And the cool thing about Naviance is that this information follows them all the way to the 12th grade. So all of ours students
from sixth to 12th grade have access to Naviance, so if they ever need to refer
back to this information, they always have it, it’s
like an online notebook. Next slide. So in module three, this is where we talk about the five high school endorsements. So we get our seventh graders ready. The first thing that we do is we have them pull up
their career cluster results again in Naviance. Then, they complete, which
we’ll show you in the next slide the career clusters to
endorsement activity worksheet. They then do the MapMyGrad survey. So this is where they look
to see which endorsements will be a good fit for their interests. So they do that assessment. Then they do a group activity with the exploring the five
high school endorsements. And then we have a video for them. This is kind of a long lesson because we want to make sure that they really understand
what endorsements are. Because for a lot of our seventh graders, this may be the first
time that they’re hearing about endorsement. We then do a review or a
check for understanding. And then they complete their
exploring endorsement survey in Naviance, and they do the
middle school post survey. So that’s the same survey
that they took in module one, but we just want to check to
see if anything has changed after going through the lesson. So I wanted to just pull out some of the activities from
that agenda that we do. So this is actually a
resource from Texas OnCourse. And I got it from if you are familiar with
the Texas OnCourse academy where we have professional development, it’s one of my favorite places to go if I need a resource. It’s actually, I will put
the link in the chat for you, so that you can easily access
this wonderful infographic. So I’m going to go ahead and do that now. And that is where this particular
infographic is located. So what we have our students do is to circle the results
of the career cluster on this worksheet. So they all have a copy of this. And then, this is how we have
them translate the cluster to the endorsement. So if they were in health sciences, then they learn that their endorsement is in public service. And then we also have them to do some additional worksheets that have more details on the endorsement and then they work in groups to highlight what are some things that they learned about that endorsement and they do a share out with the class. Next slide. So, the way we measure success is again through the surveys in Naviance. And I mentioned those briefly. But in module one, our seventh graders do complete the cluster finder. Module two and module three are surveys that I created internally to capture information that
students will need later when it’s time for them to complete their personal graduation plan. So, these are the names of the surveys and if anyone, you want to
see copies of the surveys or anything like that, I’m happy to share those with you. All right next slide. So our eighth graders. So we have created an internal course called My Personal Highway. And this is what our eighth
graders complete in the fall. So, they do one module per month. So September started module one, and we should wrap up
module four in December. Now some of our super star advisers are full speed ahead
and they’re already done with all the modules. So, a lot of our eighth graders already have their personal
graduation plans completed. So, again, we have Naviance surveys that correlate with each module. So our eighth graders
complete the career key in Naviance for module one. For module two, after they do the high school research lesson. And just to give you context
on high school research, we are a district of choice, so, a lot of our students take advantage of being able to choose their high school either if they want to do an
early college high school, or is going to do a college
preparatory high school, single gender, career-focused,
they have so many options. And we have a lesson to help them, or actually two lessons
to help them narrow down what is a good fit for them. So, in module two, we do a recap. You can move forward, that’s fine. In module two we do a recap on what is an endorsement because by the time
they get to module two, it’s been about six months or so since they had their lesson in seventh grade on endorsements. So we show students a House
Bill 5 educational video and you, too can access
that video on YouTube. And it’s literally spell out House Bill and then five educational video. And it’ll come up. So that’s about three minutes or so. And then, we have the students
complete this worksheet here. And this acronym that you see, BAMPS, is just an easy way for
students to remember the five endorsements. So B, is for business and industry, A is for arts and humanities, Multi-disciplinary,
Public service and STEM. So just an easy way for kids to remember. And then, at the bottom of that worksheet, we have a link to the
different endorsements on our HISD website. And what we have the students do is write down what high
school they’re zoned to, and what endorsements are
offered at that school because as you know,
every school doesn’t have every endorsement. And then, we have them
write out what high school they would like to attend
and then what endorsement that high school offers. So we really want to have
them think at a high level and make those connections. So this is just a slide, I took a couple of slides
from our actual lesson plan. We talk to our students about preferences in terms of high school. So just like when you’re
talking to 12th graders about selecting a college, we actually talk to our middle schoolers about the same things like
what endorsement do they offer, what kind of extracurriculars? What size high school are you looking for? Location, are you willing to
travel to get to your school? So we have these same conversations that we would have so
that by the time students are ready to select their
postsecondary institutions they are already familiar with
making informed decisions. In here, you see one of
the tools that we use is the HISD career pathways booklet. It is a wonderful booklet. We have an updated version, which we have hard copies of. But this booklet is so crucial
in helping our kids research because it has the career cluster, then the endorsement and then
what high schools offer it. As well as what high schools
offer certain certifications. Because that’s another
thing that some of our kids may want to go directly
into the workforce. And we have hundreds of certifications that we offer within HISD. We also teach them the
importance of how to research the school using the school’s website. And we encourage them to visit the school either on school choice Thursday, which our high school campuses
are open every Thursday at 1p.m. for parents
and students to visit. And we have district school choice fairs. In addition to the magna
program coming to our campuses. So we really highlight researching the programs. And then here, this is a worksheet, this is a slide of a worksheet. But we have the students
again in eighth grade list out what careers
they’re interested in, what endorsement aligns to that career, and then what high school offers that career pathway and endorsement. And then they put this
into a survey on Naviance. So, again, the cool thing about it is that not only does the
student have access to this when they’re doing their PGP, but their future high school counselor also have access to this information when they’re doing advising sessions. So to wrap up, of course
we want to include parents. Because as we know, with the
personal graduation plans, the parents are eventually
going to have to sign off. But, again, we want to
empower our students to be able to have informed conversations with their parents. So I mentioned with Project Explore, we offer one-on-one advising sessions to our eighth graders
and to their parents. So, we started to implement
this advising tool and this tool actually comes
from the Texas OnCourse family guide, it’s page 29. It comes in English and in Spanish. And the advisers will have
the students to fill out this form with the possible endorsements they’re looking to pursue. What are the four courses of interest. And our advisers actually
have all the CTE pathways or the career and technical
education pathways so they can help the student
write out the courses that align with that endorsement. And then the student will fill
in their careers interests. So when their parent comes in
for the one-on-one meeting, they can actually show their parents that they have a well-thought-out plan and this is why they want
to pursue this endorsement and how it connects to this career. So that is how we engage with our parents. We also offer an eighth grade
parent event, district-wide. And every middle school in our district should have had an eighth
grade parent event. It could be a breakfast,
evening event, or midday, by November 8th. And in that presentation, we
actually go over school choice, we go over endorsements, we go over personal graduation plans, and enrichment opportunities
for their student, both in middle school and in high school. So, we try to get them
ready as early as possible for the transition that is
coming sooner than they think. So that is what we do here in HISD. Any questions?>>Thank you so much, Mia. And also thank you to our
content team, Jaslyn and Jamie for our resource spotlight
and the workforce resources that are so helpful. I know we’ve covered a lot and thank you Mia for putting that link into the chat box. For any attendees, if
you have any questions, feel free to add those now, and we will cover them. And then we just have a
couple of announcements before we close out. I do just want to reiterate that we have a lot of resources that we have cited and mentioned and shown screenshots of and in our summary email we will add as much
content as we possibly can so you can see that information. So go ahead and add any
questions that you may have and we’ll go ahead and answer those. So for those of you who are attending live if you want to think about any questions, I will cover a couple more things before we wrap up our webinar. Right now we do have
an endorsement toolkit and badge contest going on. This is a link that will give you access to all that information and we will of course send it to you. But if you are able to
complete our endorsement badge in the academy, and you take
a screenshot of your badge and then you can enter to win
a $50 dollar Amazon gift card. We’ve had quite a few folks enter already. So we will send that link to you and I also want to just say
that the endorsement toolkit, which we will provide for you, has the two-pager that Jamie went over and has many many many
other endorsement resources for your middle school
endorsement curriculum and activities with students and parents. The other contest that we have going on because it is still college applications and financial aid season, we’re doing a badge contest
for those topics as well. So, if you can complete those badges and take a screenshot of your badge, you will also enter to win
a $50 Amazon gift card. Lots of different social
media outlets to do so and also it’s great to get the information by learning and accumulating those badges on those topics. And then just some quick announcements. We have two webinars coming
up in December and January. The December webinar
we’re going to talk about understanding the A-F
accountability system. And making an impact using Texas OnCourse and really just
understanding the framework of that system that’s
currently in place in Texas. And then in January we will switch gears and talk a little bit about resources for working with families that come from special circumstances or unique circumstances. So that’s our link to our
monthly webinar series, and so you can register for those that are up and coming. Also see the recordings
of previous webinars. And as you know, we talk
about high school topics as well as middle school
topics in our series. And I don’t see any questions, so I just want to thank you
all so much for attending, and you will hear from me very soon with an email with recording
links and resources. So thank you again to
Mia, Jaslyn and Jamie for all of your valuable
information this morning. All right we will end there. I hope everyone has a great day. Bye bye.

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