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									       CAREER CHOICES
        “Getting Started”
    Curriculum & Instruction Support Director
         Georgette Phillips
Vice President of Curriculum Support & Operations
           Tanja Easson
    STEP ONE: UNDERSTAND- Understand that to achieve the
    desired results, your Career Choices coursework should
    Be comprehensive, with class discussion and active learning
    as the key delivery methods - - Review Section
    4 of the Instructor’s Guide on a daily basis

ACTIVE LEARNING                              VS PASSIVE LISTENING

Socratic Method of instruction               VS Didactic Delivery
Higher Order Thinking (analysis, synthesis, VS Read and Recall
and evaluation)
Critical, Creative, and Strategic Thinking   VS Memorization

An Interdisciplinary Project-Based Culture   VS Subject-Centered
 Con’t: STEP ONE - Remember to achieve the
desired results, your Career Choices coursework

  Be sequential, running from beginning to end -
  chapters 1-12

  Devote at least 60 hours to the lessons from
  Career Choices

  Culminate with completion of a written,
  comprehensive 10 year plan (Chapter 12)

  Be taught by an instructor who is well-
  prepared and enthusiastic about the course.
        STEP TWO- Prepare to Teach

Career Choices Teachers- Participate in an Implementation

Lead Teachers - Participate in a Career Choices Lead Teacher

Join the Teachers’ Lounge and view the training videos

Choose a pacing guide

Read through Section Four of the Instructor’s Guide

Refer to the online Instructor’s Guide
Step TWO Continued: Prepare to teach

  Visit and determine
  how/when you can incorporate this optional
  enhancement into your class.
  Meet with team to go lesson by lesson, brainstorm and
  finalize your strategies for delivery. Build a support system
  for daily and weekly evaluation, sharing what worked, what
  things you may try, and what challenges you encountered.

  Review the pre and post survey (Section 14/9-14 new IG
  and 6/12-16 in the Instructors Guide)
Step TWO Continued: Prepare to teach
 Find out who is your SSE and the keeper of the
 usernames and passwords
 Schedule Computer Lab

 Be sure to give the PRESURVEY the first day BEFORE you pass
 out the books. Make copies of the survey if needed.

 Visit and watch the overview
 videos. Do a side-by-side walkthrough of the site and
 Workbook/Portfolio as if you were a student
 experiencing this important tool. The lessons for this
 process are highlighted in yellow on your lesson plan
Step TWO Continued: Prepare to teach
           Tools to use to prepare
    Pacing Guide -Lesson Plans - Syllabus

   Standards Correlations

   Download Pacing Guide

   Section 4 - Instructor’s Guide
STEP THREE- The Online Teachers Lounge

        Online Training Videos

        Quick Start Resources & Study Guide

        Online Community

        Resource Cupboard
STEP FOUR: Professional Development
Online Training Videos- Self-Study Quick Start Guide

View Why It Works

 Instructor’s Guide - Section 1/16 Quick Start Checklist

Workshops & Trainings ~ local, national, custom, hosted,

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) and
Professional Development Credits
   Once your class starts
EVERY DAY- Review your Pacing Guide spreadsheet
and turn to the corresponding lesson in Section Four of
your your IG and review the recommendations for that

Socratic rather than Didactic-See yourself as a leader,
mentor, coach, and cheerleader, helping students
develop and explore their own vision of a productive

Assign the Pre-Survey the 1st days of class

Assign homework from their Workbook/Portfolio each
day so students come to class prepared for discussion
and group activities.
Meet with your team of Career Choices Instructors to
discuss and brainstorm activities and challenges.
Occasionally invite your principal and district leaders to

Visit the Teacher’s Lounge reviewing corresponding
online training modules, stories or other successful
schools, and the contents of the Resource Cupboard

Log into Career Choices Online Professional Learning
where you can get tips from other teachers, share your
ideas and get ask questions.
Research why it works & Find out
     if it’s working for you!
    Proven Programs

    Awards and evaluations -

    Career Choices Medal Program-
   Use Your TOOLS
Internet Enhancements
   Tanja Easson

 Essentials & Interactive
What’s the future of online learning?
           45,000 K-12
2000    students took an
          online course.
                   3+ million K-12
       2009       students took an
                    online course.
                                 50% of high school
              2019             courses will be delivered
                   Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson, Disrupting Class: How
                                              Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

                          Sam S. Adkins, “The US PreK-12 Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and
                             Services: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis,” Ambient Insight, January 2011

   Why is “blending” learning
    becoming imperative?
“ an age when information and
communications technology skills are so critical,
and so much collaboration, resource sharing,
content development, and learning are done
digitally, asynchronously, and at a distance, it is
unlikely that student learning will be based solely
on print textbooks and face to face classes
conducted in 50-minute increments.”

          North American Council for Online Learning, Promising Practices in Online Learning,
                 Blending Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education
Benefits of Blended Learning

✓ 21st   century skills development
✓ Enriched   experience for the student
✓ Enhanced    personalization of learning
✓ Increased   communication and support

                                 Keeping Pace with K-12 Online
                                 Learning: An Annual Review of
                                      Policy and Practice, 2010
What is Blended Learning?
    also known as Hybrid Learning

   • No single definition
   • No set ratio of online to
     face-to-face interaction
   • Broad range of practices
Blended Learning
also known as Hybrid Learning

                      Any time a
                      student learns, at
                      least in part, at a
                      facility and
                      through online
                      delivery with
                      student control
                      over time, place,
                      or pace.
                          Heather Staker, “The Rise of K-12
                     Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging
                      Models,” Innosight Institute, May 2011
           Blended Learning
          also known as Hybrid Learning

iNACOL defines blended learning as:
✓Blended learning combines two delivery modes of
instruction, online and face-to-face; the communication in
both modes is enhanced by a learning management
✓The role of the teacher is critical, as blended learning
requires a transformation of instruction as the teacher
becomes a learning facilitator; instruction involves
increased interaction between student-and-instructor,
student-to-content and student-to-student
                                       Matthew Wicks, A National Primer on K-12
                                   Online Learning, International Association on K
                                             -12 Online Learning (iNACOL), 2010
 Why is “blending”
learning becoming
Four out of ten students
 leave high school with
   what they need to
function well in society.

          Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education, May 24, 2011,
           How Blended Learning Can Help Turn Around Struggling


  ✓The   Teachers’ Lounge
                      Not a user-specific site.

✓Career   research tools
✓Job   interview tips
✓College   information
✓Resume     writing
✓Loan   calculation
✓Factoring   in debt
✓Job   growth
✓Labor   market statistics
The Teachers’ Lounge
     User-specific site
      New and Improved

Both a Print &
an Online Version
✓Each   copy of the Instructor’s Guide that’s ordered as
part of an adoption of Career Choices materials
includes a code for two years of individual instructor
access to the online version.
                     Not a user-specific site.

1. Complete the activity in
   the Lifestyle Math
   workbook first.
2. Log on.
3. Enter your calculations.
4. Get instant feedback on
   accuracy of your work.
5. Get a chance to rework
   your calculations.
6. Print your work for credit.
   User-specific site.
✓Set as an option when you create
 student accounts
✓Pre-survey   is required when
 student first logs in
✓Post-survey   becomes available
 after a date that you select and set
Online survey or paper survey?

Essentials or Interactive?
 A blended-learning opportunity for
the Career Choices student that will
   guide them to a deeper level of
  critical thinking about their future.
  Dain Blanton
introduces each
Career Choices
    chapter to
  through short
   video clips.
      Social Network

Join us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
          Course Final
At least two weeks before the end of your class, assign
the completion of Chapter 12 and the 10-year plan as
a take home final.

Reserve a computer lab for 2 or 3 periods (3 - 4.5
hours total) so students can enter the data from their
Workbook/Portfolio into

Assign the Post Survey after students complete their
10yearplan. Compare students’ pre and post survey
responses. Students can compare them and write
their findings and how they would grade their learning.
 Throughout the Course
For personalized support contact Georgette Phillips-
760-961-7812 or

Bi-weekly TIPS Email (Teaching Insights, Practices
and Solutions)


Monthly Newsletter

Monthly webinar training - September “Your Career
Choices Online Tools”
           End of Course

Share your experience with Academic Innovations by
completing an online teacher survey at We take
these surveys seriously and it helps us upgrade the
services we offer you.

CELEBRATE a job well done both with your students
and with your colleagues. See pages 15/18 - new IG
4/168 and 4/169 of the Instructor’s Guide for ideas.
       Implementation Survey


•   Complete by October 15, 2013 for a chance to win a
    Career Choices Survival Kit!
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