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Using Technology to Create Access to the World of Work

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, November 30, 12:45–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

saki dodelson  
Julia Freeland Fisher  
Ed Hidalgo  
Dr. David Miyashiro  

Cajon Valley USD’s World of Work provides comprehensive career development for K-12. Through a partnership with Beable Education, it makes a 'literacy-to-career’ connection by providing independent reading lessons on careers and skills differentiated to each student’s reading level. This panel addresses using technology for a blended approach to career education.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Language arts
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
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In 2016, Cajon Valley Union School District launched a district-wide career development program called "The World of Work" (WoW). The program exposes students to career development experiences and resources so that they can develop interest in and relevant skills early on. It is informed by Social Cognitive Career Theory and other pedagogical approaches.

The program has used various technologies, such as Nepris, a cloud-based platform that connects teachers with professionals who are willing to virtually connect with students, to support their program and create access to career development opportunities. Students have been able to Skype with a female scientist in the lab as she shows them what she does each day, as well as tour a fire station. Through its partnership with Beable Education, the program also provides personalized career exposure based on a RIASEC Career Indicator assessment, independent reading lessons on careers and employability skills in both English and Spanish, differentiated by each student’s Lexile level.

Furthermore, CVUSD itself was inducted by Digital Promise into The League of Innovative Schools for its work on integrating technology into schools-- a distinction that ranks CVUSD as one of the top 73 US school districts for innovation and digital learning. CVUSD now has 1:1 laptops, 24/7 access to internet connectivity, and a robust ecosystem of digital tools and resources.

Attendees will gain an understanding of best practices and lessons learned from real-world experience with career development, especially how technology can be used to support these efforts.


The panel will have a series of questions they will discuss for half of the session; the other half will be spent on Q&A from the audience.

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saki dodelson, Beable
Julia Freeland Fisher, Clayton Christensen Institute
Ed Hidalgo, Cajon Valley Union School District
Dr. David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District

David Miyashiro, Ed.D., is the superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) in El Cajon, California. Under his leadership, CVUSD has achieved systemwide success with blended and personalized learning, where all teachers and students have 24/7 access to their own district-issued laptop, internet connectivity and a digital ecosystem of robust resources and creativity tools. In 2015, CVUSD was inducted into The League of Innovative Schools, a distinction that ranks Cajon Valley in the top 73 U.S. school districts for innovation and digital learning. In the spirit of TED, CVUSD launched the first districtwide TEDx and TED Ed Club in the U.S. Miyashiro was invited by TED to the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, a partnership that has allowed all students in Cajon Valley access to a robust and personalized curriculum designed by the TED-Ed team. CVUSD also partners with and Code To The Future to bring computer science to all students, and is home to the first K-5 computer science magnet schools in the U.S. Miyashiro was previously the assistant superintendent of educational services for the Encinitas Union School District, and a principal in the Fullerton and East Whittier school districts. He has a doctoral degree from UCLA, a master’s from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s from California State University, Long Beach. Miyashiro was appointed by the California State Board of Education to serve as co-chair for the state’s committee tasked with bringing computer science to all K-12 students. He also serves on the California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) President's Advisory Council, and was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 18.

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