This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the Career Clusters Â® Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Fort Worth, TX in June. Todayâ€™s guest blogger is Ms. Margaret â€œMegâ€ Smith, an Education Administrator at the Alabama Department of Education.
Alabama is moving forward in the area of career development.Â It has become a focus for our stateâ€™s college and career ready activities. Across the state and the nation, college completion has become a larger issue as more students drop out within their first year. When asked why they dropped out, students answered:Â â€œI just did not fit in,â€ â€œI donâ€™t really know why I was there,â€ â€œI really did not like my classes,â€ or â€œI am not sure what I want to do.â€
A student who has an understanding of self, the reasons for taking a series of courses, and a plan for the future will have greater opportunities.Â They will have a clearer understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career field that is right for them. Career development is critical to ensuring studentsâ€™ future success.
School counselors in Alabama cannot do it all. The counselor-to-student ratio at both the middle and high school levels is very high, and counselors cover a range of responsibilities. As a result, they may not see students more than two or three times a year, while a teacher sees a student every day. Alabama is working to provide both counselors and teachers with tools to help them help students.
Ms. Smithâ€™s session will outline how Alabama is developing guidance activities for grades K-12 and how the same strategies may be used in other states. For more information, visit www.alcareerinfo.org.
This session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 â€“ 9:45 am.
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager