Career exploration, career preparation, and career readiness are terms that you as students, parents, and community partners will begin hearing about very frequently in education. Beginning this fall, Wisconsin law is requiring school districts to provide Academic and Career Planning (ACP) services to students in grades 6 through 12. Academic and Career Planning is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.
The mission of ACP is to empower all students to travel the road to adulthood through education and training to careers. The vision of ACP is reimaging K-12 education to equip students with meaningful and supportive adult relationships, giving students the ability to adapt to opportunities and challenges on their personalized journeys to successful lives.
Evidence suggests that student planning and connecting school to their visions for the future helps reduce the number of dropouts while also engaging students at risk. Student planning also provides better links to rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, and establishes better connections amongst parents, students, and schools. Where family engagement is high, there is evidence that positive outcomes follow. Some of these outcomes include higher grades, higher test scores, improved self-efficacy, reduced risk-taking behavior, and increased college aspiration and enrollment.
Mrs. Zimmer, school guidance counselor, and I will be working very closely together with staff to help facilitate personalizing each student’s educational experience while providing opportunities to set goals in preparation for personalized visions of their future. We will continue to provide you with information regarding our efforts with ACP and look forward to any input you may have in these regards.