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

April 28
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Apr 28
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
May 1
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
May 1
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
May 2
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
7:00 AM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
May 2
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Denise Washington to RSVP: denisewashington@kentisd.org
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
May 2
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.

September 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Constellations

Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.

October 4, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Hydraulics

Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!

November 1, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.

December 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Paper Circuits

Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.

January 3, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Sewn Circuits

If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.

February 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Tensile Bubbles

Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.

March 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Magnetic Slime

In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!

April 4, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Lightbulb Terrarium

Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.

May 2, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bristle Bots

BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.

May 3
East Kentwood High School Future Fair
8:30 AM
East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, USA
East Kentwood High School Future Fair
May 3
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

East Kentwood Future Fair

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from8:45am-3:00pm

East Kentwood High School

 

To participate in the EK Future Fair, please sign up at the below link nolater than February 16, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact me at jessica.bradley@kentwoodps.org or at 616-698-6700 ext42258. Thank you for your interest in participating. We hope to hear from you!

 

Click here to sign up for the EK FutureFair

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