Resources for Educators

Career Planning Tools

Whether you are looking to help your students begin their career exploration journey for the first time, or are looking to help them refine their skill sets in preparation for that not-too-distant job search, this page will provide you with many tools you can use to assist them. Below, you will find downloadable documents, links to lesson plans and videos as well as other resources for career planning and development.

Learn about yourself, explore your options, plan your next steps, assess your fit

LEAP

When looking to assess and develop the career readiness of your students, one of the first places to begin is by reviewing the LEAP into Career Readiness handout. LEAP is an acronym that stands for LEARN about yourself, EXPLORE your options, ASSESS your "fit" and PLAN your next steps. Walk through these questions with your students, or have them go through the document independently as a self-reflection. When finished, go through this LEAP Action Items & Resources follow-up tool to begin exploring resources to help answer the questions and provide actionable steps.

Educational Development PlanEDP TOOLS

Both of the LEAP documents above call out the integral part a well developed EDP plays in the career-planning process. Is your school using an EDP vendor? If so, which one: Career Cruising, Naviance, Virtual Job Shadow or another? There’s even a FREE one (Overgrad) your students can use if your school doesn’t currently support one. Did you know your students can access the tool 24-7 with their login/password? Are you encouraging them to use it? Are you integrating it into your curriculum, or are you simply having them go into it once a year to fill it out quickly? From high school course planning, to continuing education assistance and application, to career exploration, many EDP vendors offers all of it. Have YOU checked it out yourself? If not, click on the vendors above to watch a demo each conducted specifically for Kent ISD schools.

Job PlanningJOB PLANNING

As students approach their final years of school, many are in the process of preparing for the world of work, both in the short-term and as a career. How can you best prepare them to get the job? Whether you already have a curriculum that includes job-planning lessons but simply want more resources, or you are a beginner looking for way integrate it into your current content, click the links below for free lessons you can use:

  • Searching for the Job You Want
  • Building an Effective Resume
  • The Art of Interviewing
  • How to Network to Your Advantage
  • How to Give a Killer Presentation

Soft Skills and their importance to your career 

SOFT SKILLS

According to this careerbuilder.com article, an overwhelming majority of employers believe that soft skills are just as important as hard skills. Yet, thanks to several factors, attention to soft skills have significantly diminished in K12 education. Even when they are taught, the connection between them and their importance in a student's future career (including job interviews) is often not made. Below are links to lesson plans for several of the top soft skills employers are looking for from their employees. But don't just speak about them, help students in their ability to understand, articulate and demonstrate the value these skills bring to a job.

Workshops and trainingSTUDENT WORKSHOP

NEW OPPORTUNITY! We've provided the lessons. You've implemented them. Now, it's time to take it to the next level. We're working to develop a one-day event where you can bring your students to hear from - and "practice" with - the pros themselves. Consider this the All Star Game of Job Planning. Have them hear the pros tips on resume-building, interviewing, and networking. Give them the opportunity to have their resume critiqued, participate in a mock interview and more. Date and details are still TBD. If you're interested in bringing your students to this event, please complete this brief survey. Don't wait, as space will be limited.

Upcoming Events

August 28
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Aug 28
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 23
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Oct 23
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
November 1 - November 2
STEM Network
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
STEM Network
Nov 1 - Nov 2
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Connect. Explore. Achieve. This two-day, interactive experience will give you the opportunity to explore how area businesses use your content areas in industry. Draw connections between what you've seen and how you can teach your standards. Develop relevant, real world lessons you can use with your students to help them achieve success. Use group dynamics with like-minded teachers to build engaging content tied to the world of work. Come see what other districts are doing in STEM and imagine what the future can hold for your students. A portion of each event will involve a trip to a local business to observe and glean inspiration from current business practices. Two meetings are planned for the 17-18 SY with dates to be announced. Outcomes will include: Educators will discover resources that can be used in their classroom(s) Educators are part of a support system that encourages use of discovered resources Educators consistently connect their classroom content to the world of work; answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?" Sign Up at the Kent ISD PD Hub: https://reg.abcsignup.com/view/cal4a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&sid2=&as=1&wp=4&tz=&ms=&nav=&cc=&cat1=&cat2=&cat3=&aid=KISD&rf=