Academic Innovations Professional Development
Professional Development Supported by Academic Innovations

Self-directed Online Learning Opportunities eCourse
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TIPS: Teaching Insights, Practices, and Solutions
For Experienced Career Choices Series Instructors

Course Description:

Get Focused Stay Focused!This eCourse was designed for experienced Career Choices Series instructors hoping to take their programs to a new level. You'll learn strategies that will enhance not only your course but also the school-wide initiative. You'll be exposed to teacher-tested tips and strategies to revive, enhance, and assess your Career Choices Series classroom along with instructional ideas that will help you energize your classroom and avoid pitfalls when integrating technology.

For example, you'll go deeper into® and learn about the new functions and reports. You'll learn strategies, such as the Skills-Based Education Plan that will ensure your students have the skills to be competitive in the workforce. You'll discover the new mobile app for® and learn about academic coaching strategies using the My 10-year Plan Summary Page. You'll come away with a better understanding of the myriad opportunities for helping your students become career and college ready—not just as freshmen, but throughout high school and into college.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this eCourse, participants will:

  • Understand the importance and strategies of distributive guidance.
  • Use the online 10-year Plan to motivate students to higher academic achievement in academic coaching, advising, and counseling settings.
  • Access® online or with the mobile app to assist in the advisory and academic coaching functions on school campuses.
  • 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.
  • Present information at parent or community meetings on the use of the 10-year Plan to help children not only stay in school but transition to the workforce as self-sufficient adults.
  • Understand the scope and sequence of the Follow-up Modules and how to effectively integrate them into academic courses.
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Instructional Leadership Opportunities

If you take the time to increase your capacity through the in-depth professional development provided in this eCourse, you'll not only increase your job satisfaction but also your value to your students and your district.

As state systems increasingly require education plans for all students early in their tenure (because the research is clear), the school-wide initiative of the Freshman Transition/Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program can transform your freshman retention, graduation rates, and campus culture. Within the School-Wide Initiative model,® provides an online planning area where students can store, update, and save—for the duration of their time in school—the work and data related to the development of their 10-year plans. Quick and easy to access, it provides data-driven information about each student's future plans. In this eCourse, you'll not only learn how to access the power of this tool for this function but also how to provide professional development to both your guidance staff and academic instructors on techniques for using®. That way, they can personalize their work with students.

In this eCourse, through reading, watching videos, and working online, you'll learn strategies for the planning, training, and coordination of your team members on your campus so they can be active in the School-Wide Initiative. You'll also prepare for presenting this information to other stakeholders such as parents, employers, or community groups.

Who would benefit from this eCourse?
  • High school instructors who have taught Career Choices Series for at least one year
  • Instructional leaders responsible for the Career Choices Series course
  • District personnel responsible for the Get Focused...Stay Focused® program

With your registration you’ll receive:

Books includedTexts 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
  • 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
The Instructor's Resource Center
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Cost:  $249 which includes the books and special online license noted above.
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