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GUEST COMMENTARY: Lowell High School blazes post-graduation pathway for students

Date: 4/27/2016 through 4/27/2016

Visitors to Lowell High School in the Tri-Creek district will notice unique opportunities giving our students the knowledge and tools to find success after high school. We have many programs that guarantee students are college and career ready upon graduation.

We are proud to have built sustainable career pathways for the state’s new CCR mandates to help give students direction for their future. Incoming freshmen and sophomore students have selected one of 13 career pathways to pursue while in high school. The blending of academics, career and technical classes, certifications and internships help our students be better prepared to make informed decisions about their futures.

Tri-Creek’s district-wide 1:1 program makes us one of the most technologically advanced schools in the state. Our MacBook initiative gives students unprecedented access to their counselors, teachers and schoolwork. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness program helping our students explore and identify their strengths and talents and align those to post-secondary goals from the convenience of their laptop. This platform allows for a blended learning experience connecting their learning to action steps that should be completed at each grade level to make their goals a reality.

Whether it is a module exploring colleges and careers, or a module that walks students through the process of filling out a FAFSA, each student has a small block of time dedicated to working on goals to make them successful post-high school.

Naviance lessons are completed during Advisory, a dedicated 85-minute period to accomplish two goals. During the first half, students complete Naviance lessons or work on various tasks ranging from team building to college writing. The second half of Advisory, the “help session,” gives students the freedom to meet with any of their teachers for help with math, writing, labs, make-up work and many other tasks.

We recently partnered with the Tri-Creek Education Foundation to create the Early College Credit Scholarship, which provides funds for current students to earn money for dual credit courses, certification test fees and/or AP tests. All of our students currently receive six free credits through our Ivy Tech Partnership for being a Project-Based Learning school.

One of the many reasons why we became a PBL school is because employers have ranked an individual’s work ethic and character as critical elements in good employees and believe that the absence of soft skills contribute to the weakening of the employee pool. We develop these skills by focusing on the five learning outcomes of project-based learning. The first of these, knowledge and thinking, centers on reasoning, problem-solving, developing arguments and creating new ideas. The second and third, oral and written communication, ensure students can express their ideas. The fourth, collaboration, teaches students how to contribute to a successful team. The fifth, agency, teaches students to become advocates of their learning.

At Lowell High School, we want our students to confidently take the next step after high school. We are dedicated to providing our students with an engaging, innovative and rigorous experience to prepare them for whatever path their post-high school lives take.

Lori Pavell is the principal at Lowell High School and is a member of the READY NWI Education Team. The opinions are the writer’s.

Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/jobs-and-employment/workplace/commentary/guest-commentary-lowell-high-school-blazes-post-graduation-pathway-for/article_8a5dc504-6367-5800-8c45-43859c8b4143.html 

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