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calendar icon Connecting Activities Supporting College and Career Readiness

Friday, November 1, 2013

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Post Road West, Marlborough

This fall’s statewide convening of the Connecting Activities network sustains our focus on “College and Career Readiness” for all of our youth addressing several key themes: School/District Partnerships; Curriculum and Instruction; Employer Engagement; and Career Pathways. These are themes that continually surface in our collective work, and they require continued attention to help us take our work “to scale” for the benefit of all of the Commonwealth's youth.

Some of the questions relating to these themes that will be addressed at the conference are:
1) How can we improve information sharing between schools and Workforce Investment Boards, especially to target youth at risk of dropping out of school for work-based learning experiences?
2) What curricula should we use to offer access to the range of activities on the Career Development Education continuum? What models of instruction can help us develop Individual Learning Plans with our youth?
3) How can we increase the number of employers who work with our students, especially with our limited resources?
4) What is the best way to implement new career pathways with postsecondary links in order to offer participating students a path to prosperity?

Additionally, this conference will offer a closer look at a number of key Department initiatives that closely relate to the Connecting Activities work, including MassGrad initiative (dropout prevention), Academic Support programs (MCAS remediation with work-based learning, community college and One Stop career center support), and the Early Warning Indicator System (“EWIS”).


8:00 - 9:00 a. m. . . . Registration and Networking
9:00 - 9:10 a. m. . . . . Welcome and Overview of the Day
9:10 - 9:40 a. m. . . . . Keynote: Robert Schwartz, Harvard University, Pathways to Prosperity
9:40 - 10:20 a. m. . . . Moderated Panel - Aligning CA with other ESE Priority Initiatives
10:20 - 10:30 a. m. . . Break
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. . . Breakout Session #1 - Effective Levers for Improving CDE and Student Engagement in CCR
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. . . Lunch (Box lunches available for purchase)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. . . . Tools of the Trade for Career Development Education
1:45 - 2:10 p.m. . . . . Principal Sheila Harrity, "Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Jobs"
2:10 - 2:45 p.m. . . . . The new CDE Guide: Tapping Your Expertise

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