I have designed and developed a number of career education resources for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students. A small sampling of these resources can be found below.
*All illustrations were done by Britni Brown O’Donnell.
Fall 2015 Workshops
Full Steam Ahead! Bringing STEAM to your School
Join us and explore how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) share important attributes necessary for success in the workplace. Create and take home resources to encourage teachers and administrators to support career development and participate in a school-wide STEAM-focused career week!
I served as instructional design consultant for this workshop session, helping the workshop leader develop clear goals and observable objectives for this session, and activities which could be used to assess if participants’ met those objectives.
Furthermore, as a supplemental resource that workshop participants could take with them back to their schools I designed and developed a book of Integrated Career and Classroom Content Lesson Plans. This book includes a STEAM related lesson–matched to Virginia S.O.Ls and Academic and Career Plan Objectives–for each grade, from Kindergarten through Algebra I. Each lesson includes complete planning materials, instructor guides and instructional materials/handouts.
Integrated Career and Classroom Content Lesson Plan
In their first activity, participants worked in groups to develop a local definition of STEAM, as it fits their school. Resources detailing the importance of Art in STEM, and the projections for STEM careers were provided.
In the second activity, participants worked in groups to develop a lesson plan which integrated career counseling objectives with classroom content. Doing so could serve the counselor by 1) making career counseling lessons more relevant to the students, and 2) increasing amount of time in the classroom by addressing teacher concerns. Handouts for this activity can be seen below.Participants were also provided with an Integrating Career and Classroom Content Instructional Design Guide Poster.
Planning Senario K-5
Planning Senario 6-8
Designing Integrated Activities Poster
Character Development Using Career Education
Come experience a hands-on approach to bridging character education and career development. Engage in activities exploring how pillars of character are essential for career success. Take home a calendar of activities to implement over the course of the school year that delve into character development using career exploration!
As with the other workshop session, I served as an instructional design consultant helping the workshop leader develop clear goals and observable objectives for this session, and activities which could be used to assess if participants’ met those objectives.
The activities for this session involved participants evaluating how each pillar of character could be represented in their career and in an assigned career. Participants shared what they came up with with the other members of their session. Participants were provided with an Integrating Career and Pillars of Character Instructional Design Guide Poster.
Fall 2015 Workshop Evaluation Form
The Fall 2014 workshop evaluation form generally yielded confusing or unhelpful information. Seeking to improve the feedback Virginia Career VIEW received regarding the Fall 2015 workshops, I recreated the Post-Workshop Participant Survey.
Post-Workshop Participant Survey
An interactive tool was created to help counselors and school officials navigate scientific research on barriers to student’s career development. This tool uses power point to create an entirely self-paced model that can be navigated by the learner.