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

February 24
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
Feb 24
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.
February 27
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD (Thornapple Room) - 2930 Knapp St. NE
Teachers IN Industry
Feb 27
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD (Thornapple Room) - 2930 Knapp St. NE
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. Contact the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
March 3
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
Mar 3
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.
March 6
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Law Enforcement
6:00 PM
Grand Rapids Police Department, 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Law Enforcement
Mar 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Police Department, 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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 .
March 7
Parents as Career Coaches -- Interactive Workshop
6:00 PM
Kent Intermediate School District, 2930 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Parents as Career Coaches -- Interactive Workshop
Mar 7
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Kent Intermediate School District, 2930 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
This workshop is designed to equip parents with talking points, suggestions and tangible opportunities to help guide a student through the challenging process of narrowing their post-secondary path. Members of the Career Readiness Department will lead the group through several focus areas to help raise awareness, ease the anxiety, and demystify the process. Click here for Registration and Details .