AchieveTexas In Action
Ensuring Success for Every Student: A Resource Guide for School
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American School Counselor Association
This professional organization works to support
school counselors as they guide students in academic and social development.
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
is the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of education
that prepares students for careers. The association promotes career-focused
education through publications, teacher resources, professional development
activities, and public policy initiatives.
High Schools That WorkAn
education reform model, developed by the Southern Regional Education Board,
High Schools That Work (HSTW), emphasizes 10 key practices for
improving high school education including opportunities for out-of-classroom
education and higher standards for all students. HSTW looks
for methods to improve student performance and helps schools apply them in their
National Centers for Career and Technical Education
A consortium of five universities noted for
research in career and technical education, the National Centers use their
website to make available a wealth of information on career-oriented education.
States’ Career Cluster Initiative
organization disseminates information on the 16 federally defined career
clusters. It has published brochures as well as knowledge and skills structures
(catalogs of knowledge and skills required for different occupations) for each
of the 16 clusters of jobs. Both sets of publications are available online at
the organization’s website.
Texas Education Agency
Keep up with the latest
developments in Texas education at the state’s education website.
Texas High School Project
The Texas High School Project
is a $261million public-private initiative committed to increasing graduation
and college enrollment rates in every Texas community. The project is dedicated
to ensuring that all Texas students leave high school prepared for college
and career success in the 21st-century economy.
U.S. Department of Education
Explore volumes of education
information at the U.S. Department of Education website.
Career Planning Resources
America's Career Research Network
America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state
and federal organizations that provide information, resources, and training on
career and education exploration. The network is funded by a grant from the U.S.
Department of Education and operates in every state and territory.
Bridges builds on a K – 16
Framework that aligns student planning and programs of study to career
clusters and pathways. Bridges ignites the first spark of career awareness
when students are still in elementary school with Paws in Jobland. By middle
school, students start using Bridges' resources to increase self-knowledge
and explore all their options, as they create a personalized Texas
Achievement Plan (TAP) based on their assessment results. Once in high
school, students plan their coursework based on their interests, aptitude,
and career goals with an emphasis on college readiness. All work is saved in
a lifelong online portfolio as students make the transition from middle
school to high school and beyond. Self-directed resources, in English and
Spanish, guide all students and their parents on a learning path toward
secondary and postsecondary success. Meanwhile, Bridges' professional
development services, customized to AchieveTexas implementation, empower
educators to effectively demonstrate the relevance between classroom
learning and career aspirations.
COIN Educational Products
EBSCO’s Career Guidance System (COIN) provides automatically generated,
customized Texas Achievement Plans (TAP) specific to each school and each student
based on national and Texas-specific Career Clusters; extensive reporting
capabilities to help administrators make data-driven decisions; Spanish- and
English-language Interest, Skills, and Self Assessments; a wealth of information
on occupations, colleges, financial aid and more; as well as information
management capabilities for both students and administrators.
College.gov is being built by the
U.S. Department of Education in
collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for
information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary
education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or
career schools). Most importantly, college.gov is intended to provide
inspiration and hope to all students, and encourage them to consider and pursue
a postsecondary education.
Here is everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for, applying
for, and paying for college or technical school. And it's all in one up-to-date,
easy to navigate mega site almost as big as the state itself. And remember, $4
billion is available every year to help Texans attend college.
Career Cruising is a user-friendly, web-based
career exploration and planning program that helps students meet their
educational goals and educators track their students' success.
Dual Credit Texas
This site provides a list of online and/or on-campus dual credit
academic and CTE courses available to high school students through a
collaboration of Texas community colleges. Over 100,000
high school students are in dual credit courses each year.
K U D E R
Kuder system gives students resources to help them make better informed
decisions in planning their futures. Students have lifetime access to an
education planner, resume builder, and educational and occupational exploration
Labor Market Career Information (LMCI)
site provides students, teachers, parents, and counselors with links to products
and services offered by LMCI. Teachers and counselors will discover materials,
tools, and information that will help them to provide effective career
My Dollars Facebook
The College Board has partnered with MTV and Get Schooled to
launch “My College Dollars,” a Facebook application that
utilizes information from a user’s Facebook profile —
including age, gender and state — to connect students with
targeted financial aid opportunities. A few of the top
features of My College Dollars: Connects students with
nearly $6 billion in available scholarship aid and $45
billion in federal and state grants; features video
tutorials from talent and other influential experts on how
to get the financial aid students need; connects students to
existing social networks for support, guidance, and sharing
and tracking each other's progress; integrates a calendar to
help students track important dates and milestones; and
features a dynamic "Ask the Experts" FAQ, in which selected
user questions will be answered by a panel of experts on a
National Career Pathways Network
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for
educators and employers involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, CTE, and
related education reform initiatives.
Also available in schools and libraries, O*NET provides full information on
occupations, including compensation, employment prospects, and skill matching
for students. Information on compensation is available on a state-by-state
allows students to search for careers starting with the expenses they need to
cover, the salaries they want to make, or their career choices.
Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state
government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development
services to employers and job seekers of Texas.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
This nationally recognized resource
offers information on job responsibilities, earnings, working conditions, and
job prospects for the future.
Do you think you can't go to college? Neither
did they. . . hear from real students on how they made it happen! This
site also provides five reasons to attend college, your college options,
locating nearby colleges, taking the next steps, and then making a pledge to
others on why you are going to college.
College & Career
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