It is that time of year when teachers can finally take a deep breath from all the incredible demands they face daily. Over summer, most will continue to work, catch up on personal and professional projects, or finally take that family vacation! As a former classroom teacher I remember all too well those 50-80 hour weeks filled with lesson planning, assessing, grading, coaching, managing, reflecting, reviewing and improving. And, it always seemed as if each new year would bring all new requirements! It's enough to send even the most dedicated teacher into a tailspin!
In my role, I try to continue to be very aware of your daily demands. For some, ACP continues to be viewed as a school counselor's job responsibility. While they certainly have the most experience in this area, ACP delivery is more than "just career development." As such, I am working with our team over the summer to help school staff understand that all of the work they do daily contributes not just to academic (college) readiness, but also to career readiness and 21st century mindsets. You are doing many aspects of ACP now!
DPI has just recently launched the "I'm Ready" campaign. These testimonials highlight how school staff partner to support individual student goals, recognizing personal strengths and interests, as these students plan and transition to their futures. When it comes right down to it: ACP is about relationships to identify needs, connect to strengths and support EVERY student on this journey.
So while ACP may seem, at the surface, to add to your workload; I hope, instead, you will see your role, including the multiple daily conversations you have had with students, as an important adult, that supports everyone of your students, to make more informed choices about their futures. Isn't that why we went into education in the first place?
- For the DPI ACP Team, the beginning of this summer marks the end of the ACP Pilot Year with our 25 public school districts. Our final Pilot District meeting is on June 16 in Madison. We will honor progress made, as well as assist the districts to plan for next steps.
- All 25 districts have greatly impacted our work this past year and our continuing approach to ACP implementation support. I want to specifically thank all of the hard working district ACP Coordinators and district leadership that allowed these pilot districts to assist DPI to better understand and prepare for the needs of schools, staff, and students.
- Based on feedback from our Pilot districts, and along with our partners at Wisconsin Center on Educational Research (WCER) and the UW-Center on Education and Work (CEW), we will be sharing out an overview ACP Guidance document and Lessons for ACP staff professional development by fall. These materials will be useful as school districts ready themselves for the 2016-17 ACP pre-implementation year.
- Career Cruising has announced the training dates for this summer and fall! There will be one opportunity in summer with a repeat session in fall for school building trainers only. This training is intended to provide designated school building trainers with the information necessary to train school staff back home on using Career Cruising with students. Please note the training and registrations will be managed through each CESA. See the training information page HERE. As schools continue to onboard to the Career Cruising software platform, we remind you to refer to the FAQs for questions.
- We are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the ACP Leadership Conference will be Richard Gerver. A dynamic, and internationally known educational speaker! Recommended by Sir Ken Robinson, he will set the tone for an exciting conference that will focus on leading, networking, and sharing sample practice presentations in the breakout sessions. We are also reaching out to build a Superintendent/District Leadership Panel, to speak about ACP Leadership in their districts, following the Keynote Speaker.
- Call for Proposals- The 2016 ACP Leadership Conference will be held December 6-7, 2016 at Monona Terrace in Madison. The theme this year is “ACP: Equipping Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Opportunities.” Please consider presenting at this year’s conference! You do not have to be an expert, or claim to have ACP all figured out. If you have a sample practice that demonstrates applications in your district, in your building, or with students on any of the ACP Components, we hope you will propose a session. To do so- Click on the ACP Conference Session Proposal Form.
- The "Career Cruising in Wisconsin" ACP webpage provides a resource to learn more about the software and to connect to tutorials, webinars, and the in-person software training. Please see this page to contact Career Cruising to get 'onboarded' to the state software prior to September 1, 2016. See page at: http://dpi.wi.gov/acp/wicareercruising