Career Pathways Leadership Certification
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Workshops/Technical Assistance

Professional Development Workshops 

NCPN and CORD offer customized professional development tailored for local program improvement.  A wide range of workshop topics is available to help Career Pathways, Tech Prep practitioners and other workforce development professionals lead their programs to new heights.

To schedule a workshop on one of the topics listed below, contact Debra Mills at 217-247-9930 or by e-mail, dmills@cord.org

AVAILABLE TOPICS 

CAREER PATHWAYS

Focusing Students on Career Pathways
Success in today’s rapidly changing world requires students to embrace a challenging course of study while in school to achieve their academic and career potential. A career pathway can help students focus their career interests.  Workshop participants will learn about and complete a plan for successful implementation of a career pathways system in their own schools.

Unleashing the Power of Technical Career Pathways - Empowering School Site Teams
The secret to unleashing the power of technical career pathways is to empower local schools to lead the movement!  This workshop is designed to provide educational reform leaders at each school site with concise information, definitions, historical perspectives, and practical ideas about how technical career pathways can be used to improve schools, student achievement, and the quality of the workforce.  Emphasis will be placed on empowering local school personnel to lead the movement in their school with practical advice on what works - and what doesn't work.  


WORK-BASED LEARNING

Worksite
Training
Formal training of employee mentors and trainers is necessary if work-based learning programs are to result in a world-class workforce. Learn how to help employees deliver effective student training at the worksite.  Topics covered include business/education partnerships; roles of the worksite trainer; learning styles; contextual learning; training steps; assessments; listening and feedback skills; conflict resolution; and legal considerations and worker safety.

Developing a Comprehensive Work-based Learning System
The steps in developing a comprehensive work-based learning program will be outlined in the course of this workshop.  Topics will include: business partners needs; return on investment; evaluation of skills and competencies; development/revision to curriculum based on needs; tuition issues; contract components; recruitment plan; selection of students; orientation; liability and insurance; employee training; and evaluation. 

Employer Partnerships
How can schools and businesses connect in a meaningful way so that both parties can benefit?  This workshop explores topics such as identification of ambassadors; students in the workplace; educators in the workplace, businesses supporting the work of teachers; and business practices for partnering.

Integrating SCANS into the Classroom
What do you need to succeed in the world of work today? Major changes in the world of work are having a dramatic impact on what is taking place in the classroom.  Concerned educators are attempting to prepare students for the new work environment.  The ability to work hard, solve problems, and work well with other people are essential skills.  The purpose of this workshop is to encourage teachers to teach in a more facilitative fashion, so that the students, not the teachers are the active learners.  Mini-lesson plans and classroom activities will be explored to develop and strengthen the SCANS Skills (employability skills) while simultaneously teaching course content.  Participants will learn and model activities to be replicated in the classroom to develop and strengthen the SCANS skills, while simultaneously teaching current course content.


LEADERSHIP

Career Pathways Leadership Certification
Are you a new Career Pathways coordinator or a Tech Prep Coordinator, CTE administrator, counselor, dean, division chair, or faculty member whose duties have expanded to include Career Pathways?  If so, help is on the way.  CORD's National Career Pathways Network has developed a certification workshop for current and future leaders.  The purpose of the training is to empower local/state personnel to implement career pathways and to provide tools and resources.  The workshops involve fifteen contact hours over two days.  Download a workshop flyer.
 








 
 

Adult Career Pathways Leadership Certification
A one-day certification workshop for community college administrators, faculty, and staff to find solutions to problems that prevent many citizens from obtaining the education that today's workplace demands.  The purpose of this workshop is to challenge the community college campus to work together in providing the leadership for an adult career pathways system.  This workshop will lead participants through practical strategies and examples.  Participants will leave with a draft plan to tackle this urgent need.  Download a workshop flyer.
 









Leadership at the Community College

Strategies for implementing partnerships at the postsecondary level (with secondary institutions, universities and the community) will be explored. Participants will participate in a self-ass essment for possible activities at the postsecondary level.  Topics will also include contextual teaching at the community college, workbased learning, and articulation. Models from across the country will be explored.

Developing a Professional Development Plan
Professional development continues to be critical to the successful implementation of educational program reform.  It requires much from teachers that is “outside the box” of traditional education.  Teachers need tools to change and to redefine their teaching styles. Topics include helping teachers overcome attitudes and beliefs, career awareness, articulation agreements, career pathways, Tech Prep, teaching methodologies, curriculum changes, team building, educators at the worksite, and student assessment.  

Evaluation Workshop Option 1: Local evaluation of programs determines the quality, effectiveness, and value of outcomes.  It is essential that evaluation be used to ensure that the plan produces intended results for students.  Participants will learn the process of evaluation and components needed.   A local evaluation plan will be drafted.

Evaluation Workshop Option 2: The administration of Measuring Tech Prep Excellence—a series of surveys measuring the perceptions and opinions of Tech Prep/School-to-Work leaders, educators, parents, and employers-helps identify and examine program strengths and areas that need improvement.


MARKETING

Peer Marketing
Promoting Tech Prep and related initiatives to students is an ongoing challenge for educators. Most students don’t even know they are Tech Prep students, nor do they understand what Tech Prep is. Learn how to empower students to effectively discuss Tech Prep and its benefits. Workshop topics include communication, leadership, and presentation skills; labor market information; and teen marketing projects. 

Expanding the Options for your Students - The Counselor’s Role in Tech Prep
As the world races into the technology-driven information age, America's schools are experiencing a virtual transformation.  Each educational institution must find the path that is appropriate for its own transformation.  The search for that path requires leadership from people who are known and trusted by students, teachers, administrators, parents, employers, and other members of the educational community.  Counseling is a critical component of any education reform effort.  Topics for this workshop include: Trends in national, state and local labor markets; technical careers; counselor's role in promoting self and career awareness in grades K-5; counselor's role in encouraging career exploration (6-8); counselor's role in assisting students in career preparation (9-14); counselors and parents.

Marketing Career Education
Effective marketing plans are as critical to the success of career education initiatives as are relevant, rigorous instructional programs.  The technical education concept, its benefits, and values must be marketed to administrators, faculty, counselors, local businesses and industries, students, parents, local government agencies, and the community.  Workshop topics include what, how, and when to market and to whom.  Participants will begin the draft of a marketing plan.

Family and Community Involvement
Educators and parents play a key role in shaping a child’s career aspirations. In this workshop participants will learn how to help students discover their talents and career interests; help parents address the barriers they face in helping their children; and help educators work with parents. Participants develop their own plan using activities that involve parents and the community in the educational reform process.


CURRICULUM

Use of Standards in the Curriculum
This workshop explores curriculum reform based on academic, employability, and industry skill standards. Participants complete a grid outlining steps for curriculum reform, a timeline for implementation, and the assignment of tasks to stakeholders.

Integrating SCANS into the Classroom
What do you need to succeed in the world of work today? Major changes in the world of work are having a dramatic impact on what is taking place in the classroom. Concerned educators are attempting to prepare students for the new work environment.  The ability to work hard, solve problems, and work well with other people are essential skills.  The purpose of this workshop is to encourage teachers to teach in a more facilitative fashion, so that the students, not the teachers are the active learners.  Mini-lesson plans and classroom activities will be explored to develop and strengthen the SCANS Skills (employability skills) while simultaneously teaching course content.  Participants will learn and model activities to be replicated in the classroom to develop and strengthen the SCANS skills, while simultaneously teaching current course content.

Contextual Teaching and Learning
Contextual teaching strategies are very appropriate for courses in a career-oriented curriculum because academic concepts are taught within the context of careers and real-world experiences. This workshop will explore the concept of contextual learning, learning styles, multiple intelligences, the five essential forms of learning, and steps for implementing contextual teaching strategies. 

Building Programs of Study
The foundation of every Career Pathway is the curriculum framework that specifies what students in a given pathway study and in what order.  This workshop is for secondary and postsecondary teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Participants will be led through a seven-step curriculum-framework-development process (individual programs of study) including federal, state, and local requirements.  By the conclusion of the worshop, participants will have completed a draft curriculum framework and crosswalked existing and new courses with nationally validated knowledge and skill statements.  Participants will be able to apply the development process to other pathways.  Download a workshop flyer.