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Virtual Guidance for Middle and High Schoolers


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MAY 15, 2020

As students finish out the last few weeks of distance learning and with summer around the corner, questions about next steps for school, internships and scholarships remain. Being home-bound should not bar students from receiving pivotal guidance as they make important decisions about their future plans.

That’s why our team created a library of resources, digital lesson plans, and three informative webinars for middle and high school students. Our resources and tip sheets for middle schoolers cover topics like seeking out summer opportunities, preparing for high school and tips for keeping students engaged during virtual learning. Catered to educators, parents and students, these resources provide insight for planning preparation.

Already in use in schools throughout Massachusetts, our Career Exploration Curriculum is now available as digital downloads for teachers and parents. Targeted for middle schoolers, the curriculum is an engaging way to get students thinking about post-secondary options, career opportunities and future goals.

  • Career Clusters teaches students that jobs with similar features make up industries. As students group jobs by their like attributes, they discover interesting career paths they may have never considered!
  • Students are encouraged to dig deeper into career paths through our Career Dig lesson plan. Participate in a Career Dig scavenger hunt to learn more about what degree is required, the average salary, and corresponding personality traits for different jobs.
  • Play our interactive game, Claim Your Future, to explore education after high school, future careers and money management skills, like creating and maintaining a budget.
  • Interested in learning about higher education options like vocational/trade school, community college and four-year universities? Check out our Education Pathways lesson to learn vocabulary related to different post-secondary options and about the admission processes for different institutions.

Our webinars are self-guided videos for high school juniors and seniors that can be watched (and rewatched!) anytime via Zoom. Each webinar also has an individual set of resources available on the ASA website, including fact and tip sheets, digital lesson plans and topical articles, to continue research after viewing.

Webinar topics include:

  • Apprenticeships & Internships: Searching, Applying and Interviewing – Hosted by ASA Program & Curriculum Development Specialist Bill Stiles, the do’s and don’t of resume writing, basics to building interviewing skills, and tips for finding the internship or apprenticeship that is right for each student are covered.
  • Best Fit: Weighing Award Letter & Other Factors – Navigating complex college decisions can be difficult. Tune in to learn more about how to decipher awards letters, what factors students and parents should look for in choosing a school, and next steps once students find their right match.
  • Updates for Grade 11 Students: How to take next steps in uncertain times – Geared toward high school juniors, Bill Stiles is back again providing tips for researching and preparing for college applications, internships and apprenticeship opportunities. Additionally, he offers insight into how to prepare for senior year and updates regarding testing and financial aid applications in the current state of COVID-19.
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