Career-Based Learning (CBL) is an educational strategy that connects students with business professionals to provide them with real-life insight into potential careers. It is designed to help students combine what they learn in the classroom with essential workforce skills to develop their employability.
Advisory Grades 3–12
At CPS, students from grades 3–12 have a specified time every week to devote to Advisory. Advisory is facilitated by teachers and is structured on 4 goals:
- Social and Emotional Learning — Students are engaged in a variety of self assessments focused on the VIA Character Strengths, Clifton Strengthsfinder, and other career development assessments housed within the Naviance learning platform. Students learn about themselves and how to relate better with each other by reviewing and applying the results of these assessments. These assessments are also used to help students with their post-secondary exploration.
- Building Community — Students participate in team building activities in an effort to connect with their fellow students and teachers as well as their broader school community.
- Post-Secondary Planning — Starting at 3rd grade, CPS begins teaching students about the variety of careers that are available to them by utilizing a scaffolded approach that moves students from career awareness, to career exploration, to career readiness, and ending in career attainment. In the upper grades, a considerable amount of time is focused on soft skill development as well as life skills. These two areas are most requested by the region's business community.
- Academic Monitoring — Students keep track of their grades and progress toward grade completion and graduation. This reinforces the skills of self advocacy and time management.
As more and more career sectors face talent gaps, CPS is poised to help meet industry talent needs through the Employment Pipeline programs. Area businesses can elect to partner with the district to train and employ students during their senior year in high school. In addition to industry-specific training, students also get an opportunity to learn about financial literacy and employability skills that will make them successful in their careers. The goal is that students walk away with in-demand skills and a job offer upon completion.