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designing career curriculum strategies to promote 21st century workforce readiness
Designing Career Curriculum Strategies to Promote 21st Century Workforce Readiness

Joan Wills

Institute for Educational Leadership

V. Scott Solberg

University of Wisconsin

presentation goal
Presentation Goal

Share Guideposts and research based curriculum ingredients that can be used to design and assess curriculum and programs promoting career and workforce readiness

values underlying guideposts
Values Underlying Guideposts

High expectations for all youth, including youth with disabilities;

Equality of opportunity for everyone,

Full participation through self-determination, informed choice, and participation in decision-making;

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Independent living

    • skill development
    • long-term supports and services;
  • Competitive employment and economic self-sufficiency;
  • Individualized transition planning
    • Person-driven
    • Culturally and linguistically appropriate.
birthing guideposts for success

Birthing Guideposts for Success

Review of 30 plus years of research

focused on what youth need to succeed as adults

Vetted by researchers and practitioners

Designed for use by institutions, families and youth

how to use the guideposts
How to use the Guideposts
  • Framework for designing comprehensive services that are developmental and age appropriate
  • Target services for specific populations
  • Expand range of services
school based preparatory experiences
School Based Preparatory Experiences

 Academic programs based on state standards;

  • Career and technical education based on
    • professional and industry standards
    • universal design
    • work and community-based learning experiences;
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Learning environments that are small, safe and provide extra supports such as tutoring;

 Support provided by highly qualified staff;

  • Access to an assessment system that includes multiple measures; and
  • Graduation standards that include options.
career preparation and work based learning
Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning
  • Career assessments to help identify students’ school and post-school preferences and interests;

 Structured exposure to postsecondary education and other life-long learning opportunities;

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Exposure to career opportunities that

    • lead to living wages,
    • includes information about educational requirements,
    • includes information about entry requirements,
    • describes income and benefits potential, and asset accumulation; and

 Training designed to improve 21st Century job-seeking skills and work-place basic skills

youth development leadership
Youth Development/Leadership
  • Mentoring activities designed to establish strong relationships with adults through formal and informal settings;
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities;
  • Exposure to role models in a variety of contexts;
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Training in skills such as self-advocacy and conflict resolution;

  • Exposure to personal leadership and youth development activities, including community service; and
  • Opportunities that allow youth to exercise leadership and build self-esteem.
connecting activities
Connecting Activities
  • Mental and physical health services;
  • Transportation;
  • Tutoring;
  • Financial planning and management;
  • Structured arrangements in postsecondary institutions and adult service agencies; and
  • Connection to other services and opportunities (e.g., recreation, sports, faith-based organizations).
family involvement supports
Family Involvement & Supports
  • High expectations that build upon the young person’s:
    • strengths, interests, and needs and
    • fosters their ability to achieve independence and self-sufficiency;
  • Involvement in their lives and assisting them toward adulthood;
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Access to information about employment, further education and community resources;

  • Taken an active role in transition planning with schools and community partners; and
  • Access to medical, professional, and peer support networks.
strategies for improving quality of services and curriculum
Strategies for Improving Quality of Services and Curriculum

Nine empirically support curriculum ingredients drawn from:

Social cognitive career theory

Self-determination theory

Meta-Analyses on Career Interventions

curriculum ingredients
Curriculum Ingredients
  • Written exercises
  • Individualized interpretations and feedback
  • World of work information
  • Modeling/vicarious opportunities
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Building support networks

  • Mastery experiences
  • Verbal Persuasion
  • Building social connections between youth, adults and peers
  • Anxiety Management
contact information
Contact Information

Joan Wills - WillsJ@iel.org

V. Scott Solberg – ssolberg@education.wisc.edu