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Professional Learning

Our team is happy to work with you to meet the professional learning needs of your district or school. Throughout the year we offer in person and virtual workshops that are designed to support high quality career technical education and career readiness. To discuss opportunities to build professional learning tailored to your needs, contact Jewyl Alderson

To learn more about upcoming opportunities, join our Career Pathways Navigator newsletter and bookmark this page for regular updates. 

THE FUTURE STARTS WITH YOU PODCAST

The Future Starts with You with Jewyl Alderson A Career Ready Podcast. Image of headphones around a lightbulb

SDCOE is launching a new podcast, The Future Starts with You, where we explore career readiness initiatives with the people doing the real work in the field, from the classroom to administrators, industry and beyond. Our work at the San Diego County Office of Education is focused on ensuring all students have a future without boundaries.  

Podcasts will be less than 20 minutes long with interviews from the field highlighting the wonderful work happening in career readiness for our K-12 students. Like the title says, the future starts with you. Listen on the podpage, or subscribe wherever podcasts are found!

CTE Professional Learning Opportunities

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June 18 - Registration 

Bring your site teams, including an administrator, teacher and counselor if possible, as well as your district teams to work on developing CTE programs for your middle schools.

Goals:

  • Build capacity and understanding around CTE for middle school site teams
  • Spend time building an understanding of your priorities based on data, grants awarded or local initiatives
  • Build action plan towards implementation
Spring Refresh Live K8 Professional Learning Series for School Counselors Counseling for College/Career

August 6
NCREC, San Marcos

Lets talk teaching and learning! Career Technical Education programs are a unique space with a focus on project-based learning, hands on learning, industry aligned assessments and student presentations and showcases. Join us for a session on strategies aligned to CTE programs!  

Register Now!

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October 10
Doubletree Hazard Center

Join us for our annual conference focused on high quality career pathways!

The call for presenters is open now, and we encourage you to share your best practices. 

Registration is coming soon! Register by August 30 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing:

  • San Diego County Educators: $200
  • Outside of San Diego: $275

 

Join a Career ready community of practice

A community of practice brings together a group of people around a particular body of work. Getting to spend time with others who are facing the same challenges and have the same passions allows you to learn from one another, align systems and build your network. 

Register now for the community of practice(s) you are most interested in: 

Explore Community of Practice Opportunities Here

What to expect
Each community of practice may look different and will be based on the needs of the community, with a focus on ensuring equitable access and outcomes for students across the region. Generally, CoPs may include a selection of the following in any given year:

  • Professional development and networking
  • Virtual gatherings
  • Curriculum institutes / workshops
  • Opportunities for program alignment
  • Sharing of best practices and resources
  • Program tours of K12, Post-Secondary and Industry
  • Sharing of related opportunities in the region

Who should join:
Educators, Leaders, Counselors and others working to build pathways to employment. Each community of practice may have a different audience, but all are welcome to join participate. Individual activities may engage one segment more than others, so keep an eye out for opportunities designed to meet your needs. Participants from the following segment are welcome:

  • K-12, Community College, University, Adult School, Apprenticeship Programs, Certification Programs, Industry Partners

Communities of practice are for practitioners to engage in and learn from each other in this work, so we ask that no solicitation/vendors participate unless part of a sponsorship for an event. 

Professional Learning Video Resources

Applying to jobs or internships can be intimidating, especially if you’re a student and have minimal experience with the job search process. Our Application Skills workshops equip teachers with the abilities and know-how toprepare their students to write effective resumes, prepare for interviews, and identify careers that align to their skills and interests.

  • CTE
  • Career Readiness
  • Counselors
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Teachers
  • Teaching and Learning
  • WBL

Dig into assessment practice for distance learning in Career Technical Education with this 1 hour webinar.

Webinar Link

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While this webinar was originally designed to support Distance Learning, it is a great overview of authentic assessment practices in any classroom environment. 

  • Assessment
  • Instructional Practice

Learn more about credentialing requirements for CTE and the SDCOE designated subjects credentialing program. 

Part of SDCOE's Go Virtual Career Pathway Conference 2021. For more info, including a description and additional sessions go to https://careerpathways2021.sched.com/ 

  • Credentialing
  • Leadership

Incorporating interactions with employers in your curriculum helps students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their future career. The Employer Engagement workshop provides teachers, counselors and school staff strategies for effective outreach to establish lasting and productive partnerships with employers and maximize the impact they have in the classroom.

  • CTE
  • Career Readiness
  • Counselors
  • High School
  • Leadership
  • Middle School
  • Teachers
  • WBL

According to regional labor market data, employers have the greatest difficulty hiring entry-level employees with adequate essential skills. But how can teachers teach students to be more creative, improve their communication, or show more initiative? SDCOE's Essential Skills Training helps educators train their students in these skills so that they graduate prepared to start a career.

  • CTE
  • Career Readiness
  • Counselors
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Teachers
  • Teaching and Learning
  • WBL

Professionals work in Google "Suite" daily. Teachers can use this quick course to train students in the fundamentals of Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides (presentations), and Sites (website creation) so that they're ready for the workplace and then coach students in how to craft a resume and cover letter for their upcoming job applications.

  • CTE
  • Career Readiness
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Teachers
  • WBL

We all want students to end up in fulfilling careers that pay a living wage, and there are a number of things we can do to prepare them for this throughout their educational journey. In this session, we will discuss strategies to help students find what they like, what they are good at, what the world needs and what they can get paid for. These approaches can be applied at the classroom, district or regional level, as we work together to help all students discover and pursue their Ikigai, or Purpose.

Video Link 

Ikigai Diagram and Strategies
  • Career Readiness
  • Elementary
  • High School
  • Ikigai
  • Middle School

Are you looking to ensure all students can one day find a meaningful career that allows them to afford the life they dream of? High quality career readiness initiatives are driven by industry data, and are designed to support upward economic and social mobility for our students. Join this session to dive into data on equity in the workforce, get insight into where you might find equity data for your own career programs and the college and career indicator, and discover strategies you can use to support all students as they seek to find their purpose.

Video Link

Slide Deck: https://bit.ly/EquityCTE

  • CTE
  • Career Readiness
  • Equity
  • Leadership
  • Webinars