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Sparking the Future college preparation lesson plans. PROJECT ORIGINS. College Spark grant aimed at first-in-family college-goers Ft. Vancouver HS and Mt. Vernon HS developed lesson plans in 2007-08 Updated in 2011 Designed to supplement Navigation 101. PROJECT GOALS.
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Sparking the Futurecollege preparation lesson plansPROJECT ORIGINS
  • College Spark grant aimed at first-in-family college-goers
  • Ft. Vancouver HS and Mt. Vernon HS developed lesson plans in 2007-08
  • Updated in 2011
  • Designed to supplement Navigation 101
  • PROJECT GOALS
  • Help students understand the importance of college
  • Explore a range of college and career options
  • Learn how to apply and be admitted to college: two-year, technical, or four-year
  • PROJECT RESOURCES
  • 22 lesson plans, grades 7-12
  • College prep timeline
  • Aligned with standards:
  • Common Core State Standards (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Language)
  • EALR GLEs (Writing, Communication, Educational Technology)
  • ASCA National Standards
  • LESSON FORMAT
  • Lesson plans are 2 pages
  • Each lesson plan shows:
  • Learning goals
  • Alignment with standards
  • Materials needed
  • Activities
  • Student products
  • Additional resources
  • Eachlesson plan has same format
  • HANDOUT FORMAT
  • All handouts are included in lesson plan packages
  • Guide students through:
  • Lifestyle goals
  • Interests and strengths
  • College and career options
  • Graduation and admission requirements
  • Application process
  • Promote self-reflection
  • Demonstrate learning
  • ANSWER KEY FORMAT
  • Answer keys provide support for advisors
  • Help enrich discussions:
  • Why go to college?
  • What occupations are growing?
  • What do I need to graduate?
  • What do I need for college?
  • What do colleges want?
  • Measure student readiness
  • GRADES 7-9
  • Six lessons focus on the importance of college
  • Themes include:
  • Education after high school
  • Knowing yourself
  • Career interests
  • Help with transition to high school
  • EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
  • Lessons 1-2 for grades 7-9 focus on the importance of college
  • Students explore:
  • Lifestyle goals
  • College facts
  • Family wage jobs
  • Need to achieve in high school to prepare for college and career
  • Fun quiz with each lesson
  • KNOWING YOURSELF
  • Lessons 3-4 for grades 7-9 focus on students’ strengths and interests
  • Students explore:
  • Interests and aptitudes
  • The connection between interests and careers
  • Character traits
  • Who am I? Who do I want to be?
  • CAREER INTERESTS
  • Lessons 5-6 for grades 7-9 focus on career interests
  • Students explore:
  • Career possibilities
  • Resources they can use to learn more about careers
  • High-growth occupations
  • Each lesson features a classroom game
  • GRADES 9-10
  • Seven lessons focus on exploring options for the future
  • Topics include:
  • Why go to college?
  • Two-year and four-year colleges
  • Admission requirements vs. graduation requirements
  • Help students plan for high school success
  • MAKING THE TRANSITION
  • Lesson 1 helps students make a successful start in high school
  • Students learn how to form study groups
  • Students brainstorm about the career value of working with others
  • EXPLORING OPTIONS
  • Lessons 2-4 for grades 9-10 focus on the need for postsecondary education
  • Students explore:
  • Careers that interest them
  • The career reasons for college
  • The benefits of two-year colleges
  • Lessons include a plan for an adult career interview
  • KNOWING WHAT YOU NEED
  • Lessons 5-7 focus on admission requirements
  • Students explore:
  • College entrance exams
  • The ASVAB
  • The difference between graduation requirements and college admission requirements
  • GRADES 11-12
  • Nine lessons focus on career options and the college admissions process
  • Topics include:
  • What kind of job do I want?
  • Apprenticeships and high-growth jobs
  • Application timelines and tasks
  • Financial aid
  • Help students plan for life after high school
  • WHAT KIND OF JOB DO I WANT?
  • Lessons 1-3 for grades 11-12 focus on career exploration
  • Students explore:
  • The need for postsecondary training
  • High-growth career areas
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Lessons help students get specific about next steps
  • APPLICATION MILESTONES
  • Lessons 4-5 for grades 11-12 focus on junior/senior year milestones
  • Students explore:
  • Application milestones
  • Progress to date
  • Possible areas of study and entry requirements
  • Students focus on the specific tasks to complete
  • APPLICATION PROCESS
  • Lessons 6-8 for grades 11-12 focus on the college application process
  • Students explore:
  • College research and inquiries
  • Admissions essays
  • Completing a college application
  • Students get support to complete their applications
  • FINANCIAL AID
  • Lesson 9 for grades 11-12 focuses on financial aid
  • Students explore:
  • Financial aid options
  • The FAFSA & PROFILE forms
  • TheWashBoard.org scholarship match
  • Cost can be a barrier – this lesson helps students find and apply for financial aid
  • SUPPLEMENTING NAVIGATION 101
  • Sparking the Future lessons can supplement Navigation 101 advisories
  • Use Sparking the Future to give students extra exposure to college issues
  • Enrich Navigation 101 advisories with targeted college prep help
  • SUPPLEMENTING CAREER GUIDANCE WA
  • Sparking the Future lessons can be used to extend Career Guidance Washington lessons
  • Use Sparking the Future to give students more detailed instruction on college prep
  • CAREER GUIDANCEWASHINGTONDOWNLOAD THE LESSONS
  • Sparking the Future lessons can be downloaded from: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/SparkingFuture.aspx
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