Full Implementation Option
(semester-length career exploration course)
The C4C learning plan in its entirety provides material for a traditional semester-long 90 day implementation. The learning plan outlines the approximate number of class meeting days for each corresponding lesson, providing curriculum for 85 instructional days and five "flex" days. If you plan to teach the course to students who meet daily within a semester, you will have time to follow the learning plan as it is written. If you plan to teach the course within a semester in which students do not meet daily, please refer to the abbreviated implementation options.
Abbreviated Implementation Options
(quarter-length career exploration course)
Some districts who piloted C4C prioritized the lessons according to student needs and interests and taught the curriculum within a quarter with approximately 45 instructional days. Others taught the course within a semester in which students met less frequently than daily.
The first step in customizing C4C for abbreviated implementation is to prioritize the lesson components and content. You will notice that C4C includes three types of lessons: introductory lessons, career cluster lessons, and concluding lessons. We recommend using a majority of the introductory activities for student orientation and using the culminating activities to provide closure and an extension of career exploration beyond this curriculum.
The lessons connected to the 16 Career Clusters make up the majority of the curriculum content and therefore provide the most opportunity for customizing according to district priorities. You will first want to consult the matrices that show a cross-reference of C4C lessons by Career Cluster, by Foundation Knowledge and Skills (FKS), and by course objectives. Next, as you consider the students you serve and your community resources, you will want to use the learning plan to select the lessons that target what you determine are the most relevant opportunities for career exploration and FKS development in your teaching context. You will find the approximate number of class meeting days that corresponds to each lesson helpful in budgeting your instructional time.
C4C Lesson Integration Options
(career exploration lessons integrated in existing courses)
Other C4C implementation options involve teaching relevant pieces of the career exploration curriculum through other areas. Schools without a separate middle school careers course could consider having counselors involved in teaching relevant C4C pieces in collaboration with content-area teachers.
For example, one pilot school rotates students through four different content areas through an Explore Block Rotation in which students change classes every nine weeks. To deliver the C4C lessons, the counselors, Business/Computer Applications, Engineering and Technology, and Family and Consumer Science teachers divide the lessons by content and weave them into the existing curriculum.
If you consider such an implementation option, we recommend using a majority of the introductory activities for student orientation and using some culminating activities to provide closure and an extension of career exploration beyond this curriculum.