Using Career Development to Transform a School’s Culture

Discussion Forum

Webinar Presented by: Dr. Cal Crow
Center for Learning Connections
Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA   

NCDA Webinar Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For years NCDA has been working to get career development infused into the K-12 academic curriculum, with mixed results. It’s time to reverse the order. The current education system is not designed for student success. Giving it a career development focus will change that. Imagine a school system organized around the strengths, skills, talents, interests and dreams of students. Rather than getting through the curriculum, the goal is on getting through to students. The curriculum is a vehicle to help make this occur, but is not an end in itself. Its purpose is to ensure that every student acquires knowledge and skill sets that will lead to a successful future. This webinar will demonstrate ways to transform and design a new approach to career development delivery in K-12.

NCDA School Career Counselor and Specialist Constituency will provide online, follow-up discussion forums to promote member networking and sharing of effective practices. (Leave your Comments below).


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Steven Sackmann   on Thursday 01/19/2017 at 07:40 AM

I found myself in agreement with what Dr. Crow and fully understand that we need to drastically rebuild our educational system starting in grade school. "Creating curiosity" and fostering that desire to learn that is innate in most of us vs. curriculum for the sake of curriculum is critical if we are to have a relevant, progressive work force.

Doug Cullen   on Thursday 01/19/2017 at 07:50 AM

RESP: Agreed, Steve. Our educational system requires the embedding-of-passion as a course of business Dr. Crow mentioned.

Ray Davis   on Thursday 01/19/2017 at 09:06 AM

Steve, I am glad to read your response. My first reaction is to ask what work do you do and how do you feel this rebuild could begin? Change can sometimes be made through legislation...either Federal or state (as had been done via CTE movements in many states). Yet, I heard Dr. Crow mention a "grassroots" change within schools where guidance and faculty collaborate to center change around those three questions. I am interested to learn your statements with in the context of your unique work.

Gerald Peoples, Jr.   on Monday 04/04/2022 at 06:45 AM

It's been a few years since this webinar was posted...can anyone share any successes or barriers? In the grass roots space, seeing is believing. Given the latitude as a SCDA, I look forward to encouraging early career development and creating a spark of interest in my area.

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