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2011 National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference Transforming Lives for a Strong America. Session Presenter: Cynthia Brennan-Jones. Welcome!. Session Objectives You will feel this session has been a worthwhile expenditure of your time. You will leave with something you can use.

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2011 National Career Pathways Network Annual ConferenceTransforming Livesfor a Strong America

Session Presenter:

CynthiaBrennan-Jones


Welcome!

Session Objectives

You will feel this session has been a worthwhile expenditure of your time.

You will leave with something you can use.


Who am I?

  • High School English instructor and curriculum developer

  • B.A.: English

  • M.S.:Elementary Education

  • “ABD:” Anticipated completion of doctoral program in Instructional Leadership, Curriculum Development: 2012


FL DOE Certifications

  • Educational Media Specialist (prekindergarten to grade 12)

  • Elementary Education (grades 1 – 6)

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), (grades K – 12)

  • English (grades 6 – 12)


NCPN

Career Pathways Leadership Certification

Adult Career Pathways Emphasis


September 12, 2011

U. S. Customs and Immigration Services Building, West Palm Beach, FL


Transforming Livesfor a Strong America


Session Premise

We know research provides evidence that "education with a purpose" will result in more student engagement. Happily, implementing Career Pathways (CP) activities into existing curriculum provides students “education with a purpose.”

The problem: How do we find the time to design and plan new activities and lesson plans?

We are all busy, busy people!


Session Agenda

  • Share ideas on incorporating CP into existing language arts activities

  • Share CP-related activities and lesson plans

  • Brainstorm with session participants


Let’s dive in!


OneEasyWay

  • If it is a writing prompt, put a CP spin on it. If you can relate a writing assignment to real life, and CP is real life, then writing will become more engaging to students!

  • Bonus: No more, “Why do we have to do this? This is stupid!”

  • Why? If it’s about them, their future, our frequently ego-centric students will be more engaged.

  • Does that mean we are giving up core academics? Absolutely not! We are incorporating CP components into our already existing language arts curriculum.


Situation I

Creative Writing

Old curriculum

Question:

How can I quickly incorporate Career Pathways activities?


CP Activities for Creative Writing

  • Narrative Essay: 5 Years Down the Road

    Handout

  • One Act Play: 10 Years Down the Road

    Handout

    Note: I used modified grading rubrics that I had created for an English II course.


CP Activities for English IV

  • Diagnostic Essay: CP Prompts

    Handout

  • Research Paper Topic: CP Choices

    Handout


CP Activities for Business English

  • “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur”

    http://www.lcc.edu/ed/wiredinitiative/about/

  • “Careers in Transportation”

    http://transportationcareers.org/

  • “Resumes and Cover Letters”

    Templates Available in Microsoft Word


“Basics”

Oftentimes, both instructors and students need to learn “the basics.” Our tech-savvy students may know all about downloading music; however, they may have no idea how to double space or paginate a document.

  • Word 2007 Mastery

    Handout

  • PowerPoint Mastery

    Handout


Strategy / Group Activity

Activity Steps

  • Choose a session participant’s suggested course.

  • Find the course description / standards online.

  • Use Word 2007 comment function.

    4. Brainstorm and insert CP ideas via comments.

    5. Send to participant(s).


Discussion

Questions? Answers?

Contact info:

Cynthia Brennan-Jones

cbrennan@irsc.edu or

brennan_c@bellsouth.net

772-462-7895


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