All lessons are related to Goal # 3. By June 2016, 90% of all students in grades 9-12 will complete a series of grade-related activities that are designed to help students make informed decisions when selecting courses and creating post-secondary plans.
Each of the three lessons were developed for our 9th grade students. At Shenendehowa High School this is their first year for most of the students in which courses that they take will be part of their transcript sent off to colleges for consideration as an applicant.
The first lesson related to understanding the high school transcript explains the components of the transcript which emphasize the importance of starting strong in high school with focus and goals in mind. The introduction of the transcript is an excellent stepping stone for having students and parents looking at interests and thinking about how they might sequence courses along their high school journey. It was evident in the pre-lesson survey that most of the ninth graders did not know or understand some basic information related to the school transcript and graduation from high school. The results of the post-survey found that the students had a much better understanding of information related to the transcript. Results indicate the effectiveness of the Transcript Classroom Lesson Plan. Ongoing evaluation of this lesson plan and its impact on students will occur annually.
In the second lesson, 9th grade students constructed a Resume utilizing Naviance software. Aspects of their Resume included: Objective, Education, Work Experience, Volunteer Service and Extracurricular Activities. Students gained an understanding of all components of their Resume. Students also developed an awareness of the importance of the Resume and its utilization in College Admission, Scholarship opportunities and future Career obtainment.
In the third lesson, students began exploring potential careers utilizing the Career Cluster Finder in Naviance. The students completed an assessment based on the following three areas; activities that interest them, personal qualities and subjects they enjoyed in school. The results of the assessment, showed students which career clusters most closely match them based on their identified interest and personal qualities. Students will use the results of this lesson as another step in the progressive plan for career exploration. As 10th graders they will build upon this lesson by completing the Interest Profiler which will start to target specific careers that correlate to their personal profile.