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WHY before WHERE Flipping Career Advisement Utilizing Next Gen Strategies and Tools

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Thursday, December 3, 11:15 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Kenneth Wallace  
Our highest calling in equity today is to change the trajectory of each student’s life leading to careers of passion, interest and a livable wage free of debt. District 207’s nationally recognized work is a scalable model using next gen strategies and tools that can be replicated. Come learn how.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Systems Designer
  • Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand and apply state and national jobs data to inform local career/college advisement practice.
2. Analyze current Career/College advisement practice to evaluate strengths and areas for growth opportunities.
3. Understand how the current generation of career and college advisement analytic tools increase the power of advisement information we can provide to students and families.

The new tools we are using are Youscience, Pathway manager and JobsEQ. They all include data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which is updated quarterly; JobEQ also includes data from the Indeed platform which is updated each day.

We use the Multi Tiered Systems of Support design framework, so we have an array of Tier one strategies both in the classroom and within our counseling department. Understanding this architecture is essential to understanding and replicating the program.

Our greatest purpose is to help alleviate the student debt and underemployment crisis in this nation, and we believe that we have a design that can help do just that. We will share actual success stories of our own students as well as data to date of our work and its success, and we want to share with others and increasingly do to help scale out these solutions to improve student life outcomes in our state and nation.


1. Essential questions and data? Why bother? Overview of the compelling data that proves that this generation of young Americans is the most economically disadvantaged in US history, and why “conventional” thinking and the same old strategies have been wrong for decades. (5 Min)
2. The “BIG IDEA” which is our work to replicate the Project Lead the Way research in which students exposed to authentic career experiences make better education and career decisions. (5 min)
1. Design thinking - How does one build this?
a. How big is this lift? (hint: it’s pretty big but worth it)
b. What needs to change?
c. What stays the same?
d. What tools are needed?
e. Where will pushback come from and how to answer that. It will and we did. (20 min)
4. Data and continuous learning
a. The need to collect data and keep learning, even AFTER your students leave you.
b. Getting “ALL-IN” buy in through the power of story telling. (10 min)
5. Let’s process - closing balance of time for audience interaction. We ALWAYS have a lot of questions and follow up.

Supporting research

Much more available upon request.

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Dr. Kenneth Wallace, Maine Township High School District 207

Dr. Ken Wallace is Superintendent of Maine Township HSD 207, twice named one of America’s most innovative districts during his tenure. He leads a District at the forefront of three important advancements in public education in the 21st Century: District 207 became Google’s first k-12 partner; created annual instructional coaching plans for every teacher as well as one of the nation’s best adult learning programs; and has reimagined student career advisement using authentic experiences, a personalized career plan for each student informed by career and college analytics to provide “Return On Investment” perspectives for students and parents.

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