DESE has produced this video to describe several of its key initiatives that support student preparation for career. This short video highlights the work of Connecting Activities, Career Vocational Technical Education, and Adult Community Learning Services, and is narrated by the Commissioner of ESE. The video lays out the key elements of these three bodies of work, and will help state partners to explain these initiatives to interested audiences.
The Career Development Education Guide/Glossary
The Career Development Education (CDE) Guide/Glossary provides a variety of CDE activities now offered by many schools and communities in Massachusetts, along with definitions and frameworks to assist with efforts to create or expand and improve these activities. It has been developed by DESE with the input and assistance of experts from the worlds of education and workforce development committed to advancing the work of career development education across the Commonwealth.
The CDE Guide/Glossary endeavors to:
- Promote the use of common language across the state about the activities that constitute Career Development Education
- Assist staff in schools, as well as programs outside of the school setting, that may be new to CDE to gain a better understanding of these activities, and implement them with quality and fidelity
- Describe three general stages of CDE (awareness, exploration and immersion) and present examples of the types of CDE activities associated with each stage so that schools and programs can work to develop a sequential progression of CDE
- Ensure quality activities by articulating basic standards for these CDE activities
A Primer about Labor Market Information
Through Connecting Activities, DESE has developed this Labor Market Information (LMI) training manual as a tool to: 1) support decision making around career awareness, exploration and immersion activities that help inform postsecondary career pathway choices for students of the Commonwealth; and 2) inform programming that is better aligned with labor market needs. The primary goal of this publication and related LMI materials is to enhance the quality of Career Development Education (CDE) in Massachusetts. Research about Labor Market Information, effectively used, will enable students to make better informed choices about career direction, and can help them to pick electives in high school, participate in any available career pathways and CDE activities relating to areas of interest, and identify good choices for post-secondary education.
The Department envisions that professionals in a wide range of settings will use this LMI primer, from middle and high school classrooms in which educators and counselors are helping guide student research about careers, to community settings where workforce professionals are supporting youth, whether in or out-of-school, that are placed in work-based learning experiences. This manual will be useful to educators in academic and comprehensive high schools as well as career vocational technical high schools. It will also support training and education being offered to adult learners in community colleges, workforce training programs, and other related programs throughout the state.
Labor Market Information Workbook
Labor Market Information Primer Presentation
1 To learn more about DESE's guidance to practitioners about Career Development Education generally, see its publication titled the Career Development Education Guide and Glossary, which can be found at the Connecting Activities page of the DESE website.
Last Updated: February 2, 2021