Day One is Introduction to thinking about the future which includes thinking about passions and interests. I use a couple short videos to start the conversations about what is possible with education and career choice. I create a padlet with 3 columns: What I know about HS/What I wonder about HS/What I plan to do after HS. I have students think about and respond to the prompts for about 5-7 minutes. Once they are done, we talk about the responses and answer some of the questions and concerns. The nice part about this format is that I have the chance to "hear from" all the students. The participation helps us break the ice and see that many students have the same concerns and plans.
On Day 3 students take a learning style inventory and talk about ways to be successful in any classroom. I walk them through the high school requirements, electives, career tech center offerings and ways to earn college credit during high school.
Day 4 students create their EDP by entering all required courses into the plan. I help them choose the electives for 9th grade year and begin to look at the many different ways students may plan for high school and beyond.
Day 5 students submit the courses on the EDP for 9th grade by using the Course Planner in Career Cruising. These courses upload into Power School automatically as selections for freshman year.
The following week I spend talking to each individual student about their plans and the different ways to reach their long term goals. This is a time I can answer any questions they may have about their own plans and a specific way to work toward them. I usually start by talking about the career they have tentatively selected, discuss post-secondary training, how high school courses tie into that, and finish by letting students know that finishing 8th grade strong is one of the best ways to prepare for high school.