Academic Innovations Professional Development
Professional Development Supported by Academic Innovations

Self-directed Online Learning Opportunities eCourse
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Start-Up Strategies for Principals and Administrators
Developing a Strategic Plan for Building a School-Wide Team Using the 10-Step Plans

Course Description:

Get Focused Stay Focused!The award-winning Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program developed at Santa Barbara City College and the Freshman Transition Initiative developed at The George Washington University are foundational to this eCourse. These grade 9-14 models are scalable, cost-efficient programs that promote high school graduation, post-secondary completion, and successful entry into the workforce through comprehensive guidance in the classroom. Unique to the educational reform movement, this comprehensive guidance process, starting in the freshman year, ensures that students will graduate with a carefully-considered career path, an informed major or program of study, a post-secondary institution or training program that not only matches their career and life goals but is affordable, and a Skills-Based Education Plan that facilitates successful entry into a highly competitive workforce. Upon completion of this eCourse, participants will develop their own unique plan for their school or district with the knowledge and skills to implement this progressive program in their districts and regions.

Instructor: Rudy Ramirez – Principal of Indio High School, CA  (1992-2016)
(See for an example of what the Career Choices curriculum did for Rudy's school.)

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this eCourse, participants will:

  • Identify concepts of a college and career readiness program using the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® and Freshman Transition program model.
  • Using the online 10-Step Plan for Implementing a Freshman Transition/Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program, create a comprehensive plan for implementing a Freshman Transition course, and then, by year two, the School-Wide Initiative.
  • Strategize and deliver the necessary "buy-in" activities for a school or district in order to organize campus personnel for support and implementation of the school-wide program.
  • Complete the work in the 10-Step Plan notebook provided, developing your unique plan for your school or district.
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Who would benefit from this eCourse?
  • High school or middle school principals and vice principals
  • Superintendents
  • District administrators responsible for school improvement

With your registration you’ll receive:

Books includedRequired Texts or Materials:
  • Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program and Instructional Manual
  • Instructor's and Administrator's Guide for Career Choices and® 8th Edition 2020
  • Career Choices and Changes
Supplemental Texts or Materials:
  • Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Module 1 Workbook
    • Developing Attitudes and Aptitudes to Promote College and Career Readiness
  • Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Module 2 Workbook
    • Determining Your Informed Major and Post-Secondary Education Path
  • Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Module 3 Workbook
    • Preparing to Act on Your 10-year Education and Career Plan
  • Possibilities—A Supplemental Anthology to Career Choices
  • Lifestyle Math—Your Financial Planning Portfolio
Online Course Materials and Platforms:
The Teachers' Lounge
Academic Innovations University

Cost:  $249 which includes the books and special online license noted above.
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