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August 20, 2014
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Education staff taking steps to strengthen career development in the school system
Education and Early Childhood Development
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“When implemented later this fall, the Student Graduation and Transition Planner resource will support Grade 9 students as they plan for their transition to high school and consider the graduation requirements for applying to post-secondary institutions or entering the workforce,” said Minister McIsaac. “As part of this initiative, the Canadian Career Development Foundation is helping our staff learn more about how to provide the necessary supports to students throughout this process.”
This week, the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of career development, is working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, school boards, and career education leaders to provide a common understanding of career development, the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future. This foundational course is building leaders who will work with teachers in promoting better career futures for Island students.
To support the Student Graduation and Transition Planner initiative, a professional learning program will also be implemented to enable teachers, school counsellors, and principals to provide the necessary supports to students as they transition from high school and then to post-secondary education, training, and the labour force. CCDF will return to provide training for Grade 9 health teachers, intermediate school counselors, and administrators this fall, as well as Grade 10 CEO teachers, senior high school counselors, and administrators in the spring of 2015.
“Research is abundantly clear that young people with career direction succeed in post-secondary and make easier transitions to work,” says Lynne Bezanson, Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation. “Providing professional training to educators is essential to making career development engaging, purposeful and effective for students.”
The Student Graduation and Transition Planner will help students explore and plan pathways to navigate through high school, as they relate their personal attributes, support networks, and labour market information to career opportunities. This project is funded jointly by Skills PEI, under the Research and Innovation Measure of the Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement, and by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.