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day 2 administrators and counselors training fall 2011 jean massey associate state superintendent
Day 2—Administrators and Counselors Training

Fall 2011

Jean Massey

Associate State Superintendent

district share out
District Share-Out
  • Questions for Dialogue…
    • How all 8th graders will do an iCAP in your district?
    • Roles will work this way…
    • Timeline
    • Share any “ahha” moment that your group had while working together.
    • Suggestions
    • Leave any questions/comments on a sticky at the station
  • 15 minutes
smart partners
Smart Partners
  • MMA Video
  • Article activity

Individual Career and Academic Plan (iCAP)

  • Education plan detailing the courses necessary for a high school student to successfully prepare for graduation and transition into a profession or postsecondary educational experience.
  • Choices Explorer will help you prepare to build your

iCAP during the 2nd semester of your 8th grade year.

  • Students will transition their Choices Explorer portfolios to Choices Planner at their future high school to access the high school course catalog and complete the iCAP for the beginning of 9th grade.

Graduation Pathways

  • Diploma Options
    • Career Pathway Option (21 credits)
    • Traditional Pathway Option (24 credits minimum)
    • District Option (21 credits minimum)
  • Use the completed iCAP and the Timelines in ChoicesPlannerto keep track of your credits for graduation and prepare for postsecondary education

Choices Explorer is provided by MDE to all middle and junior high schools in Mississippi

Customized Guideways provide a step-by-step process for career exploration and planning

Recommended courses for clusters and pathways

College Planning Timelines for meeting Mississippi graduation requirements


What is Choices Explorer?

  • Unique product designed for motivation through exploration
  • Magazine-style with student-driven content and illustrations
  • Interactive and up-to-date
  • Includes new and unusual careers
  • Ideal for middle school with age appropriate graphics
  • Consistent navigation and shared portfolio with Choices Planner
  • Home page
    • Exposure to content articles
    • Theme weeks

Career Clusters

      • Groupings of similar occupation and industries
    • Mississippi uses the 16 national DOE Clusters
    • The Cluster Finder in Choices Explorer will help you determine your Top Clusters
    • Pick one of the Clusters to explore

Key Features

  • Normed and validated assessments

- Interest Profiler

- Ability Profiler (optional)

- Work Values

- Basic Skills

- Workplace Skills

- Transferable Work Skills

  • 16 National Clusters
  • Databases of careers, programs/majors,

postsecondary schools, scholarships

  • Course Plan Builder
title for page

Program of Study

Title for Page
  • Aids in 4 year plan creation and modification
  • Start course planning in middle school
  • Ability to create multi-year plans
    • 7-8 grades
    • 9-12 grades
    • postsecondary
  • Review and update plan throughout high school
  • Enhanced reporting to help monitor 4 year plan progress
  • Ability for Professional Accounts to lock and track a 4 year plan

Postsecondary Options

  • Community College
  • Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Technical Training
  • Workforce
  • Military
  • ChoicesPlannerwill help you explore and plan your postsecondary options, find schools offering your

Program of Study and search for financial aid


Other Key Features –

  • Work Tab
  • Assessments
  • Compare careers
  • Getting Ready to
  • Work
    • Resume Builder
    • Job Interview
  • Job Finder

Key Features


Other Key Features –

  • Learn Tab
  • School Finder
  • Compare schools
  • Scholarship Finder
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • College Planning
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Career Choices
  • See the CHOICES information sheet for training to help determine who from your district will attend the various trainings.
pilot projects career academies
Pilot Projects – Career Academies
  • Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers for a two-, three-, or four-year span. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support.
  • A career academy includes the following essential elements:
    • A small learning community
    • A college-prep curriculum with a career theme
    • Partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education

Pilot Project –

Early / Middle College

  • Designed for students who would be at-risk for post secondary education: first generation college students, low income, minority, etc.
  • Offers college coursework as early as 2nd semester of freshman year
  • Students can complete most, if not all, coursework to exit high school with an AA degree and a high school diploma OR stay an additional year at the early college high school to complete the AA if needed.

Pilot Project -

State Board Exam System

  • Supported by National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)
  • District led
  • Provides options for students
  • Ten other states are exploring and/or planning the use

of the State Board Exam System:

Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico,

New York, and Vermont

  • Three MS school districts are piloting in 2011-12:
    • Clarksdale
    • Corinth
    • Gulfport
how the state board examination system would work
How the State Board Examination System Would Work




Educational Pathway

Graduate Education



4 Yr


4 Year Selective Institutions


Upper Div’n


CTE, A Levels)

Add’l time

to meet


2 Yr Open Admissions

Institutions (OAI)


Lower Division Exam System

Core Curriculum, Syllabi, Exams,

Teacher Training, All Set to Int’l Standards


common core what is the ccss initiative
Common Core –What is the CCSS Initiative?

An initiative of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

A significant and historic opportunity for states to collectively develop and adopt a core set of academic standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts

  • 30 minutes
curriculum overview
Curriculum Overview
  • Curriculum Download page -
  • Career Pathways – 21 developed
  • Business and Construction Core
  • Business
  • Curriculum coordinator training – Spring 2012
expanding programs of study
Expanding Programs of study
  • Objective: Thinking outside the box… using data.
  • Activity – template in packet
  • In the 1st column list at least 10 industries in your area.
  • 2nd column list current programs of study offered in your school/center.
  • Draw a line and match up your industry to the program(s) of study that you offer.
  • Draw a square around the industry that has no match.
  • Draw a circle around the program(s) of study that do not have a match.
  • List the student survey results in the 3rd column.
  • In the 4th column list future programs of study needed.
  • In the 5th column list future industry that could match student results.
    • What pathways do I need to bridge students successfully into industry in county/regional area? With whom do I need to build partnerships?
  • Draw a star by each program of study that has a postsecondary program to articulate to in your area.
cumulative records
Cumulative records
  • Equivalent Credit
  • Articulation
  • Core Academic Credit
  • Let’s webinar!
  • Future webinars – See information sheet for webinar information.
    • NCAA
    • Overview of C.O.O.L.
    • Community College – Articulation
    • IHL
    • Requested Topics
wrap up
  • Did my student move?
pts booklet
PtS booklet
contact information
Contact information

Jean Massey

Associate State Superintendent

Mississippi Department of Education

Office of Career and Technical Education