Category: Student Engagement

The Roots of Achievement, Part 2: Experiences

Achievement doesn’t happen overnight. Like a tree, it has roots. And it’s the strength and depth of the roots that determines how high the tree will grow. In education and workforce development, the same concept holds true: the young people who succeed are most often those who have a strong foundation—a root system, if you… Read more »

The Roots of Achievement, Part 1: Academics

A successful education and career path is like a tree. We see and admire the sturdy trunk, the spreading branches, the luxuriant canopy of leaves, and the delicious fruit. What we don’t see is everything that has taken place below the surface to grow the tree to its present size and strength. To enable the… Read more »

Growth Mindset: Sure, Students Should Have It…What About You?

Growth mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, is a popular topic these days. I’ve written about it before and I’m revisiting it today because I have a fresh observation. To briefly define growth mindset, it’s the belief that a person’s intelligence, talents, and abilities are not innate but can be developed with effort…. Read more »

Just Do Something: Helping Students Find Their Career Track

Who remembers choosing their career track in high school? I love what I do, but I’ve realized something about this particular track. It’s not the independently wealthy track I would have chosen; in fact, I apparently ended up in the work-really-hard-the-rest-of-your-life track. How did that happen?! Maybe you feel the same! Do you remember picking… Read more »

Founder’s Perspective: Crafting a Powerful Instructional Narrative

Every class, every program, every pathway has a story. Whether we realize it or not, there is an unspoken narrative and expectation underlying the concepts and lessons we’re teaching. That narrative is what we communicate about the value and relevance of our subject, whether it’s a technical field or a traditional academic discipline. The narrative… Read more »

Career Education Reality #2: It Improves Academic Performance

In this series, we will be looking at several foundational realities of career-focused education in today’s rapidly changing economy. Today’s blog is about the second reality: why career education improves academic performance. Career-focused education has long been considered a distinctly non-academic pathway, and it’s too bad. Multiple studies clearly indicate that participating in a career-focused… Read more »

Top Career Exploration Resource Websites

When it comes to educational choices and career direction, young people today don’t know what they don’t know. It’s not their fault; many times, they just haven’t encountered the full range of possibilities available to them. As educators and workforce development professionals, we have the opportunity to open their eyes to the many diverse and… Read more »

Students, Get Ready for the Real World

If you’re a high school student today, the real world of college and career is out there—and someday you’ll join it. It may seem far in the future, but it’s coming faster than you might think. And when it does, are you ready? Are you ready to get ahead with a competitive advantage? The real… Read more »

The Career Tree: Creating a Narrative That Changes the Game

What’s the Career Tree? I mean, what IS it? If you answer it’s a great wall graphic used in classrooms to motivate students to set goals—well, you’re partly right. But there’s so much more to it than that. The Career Tree is ultimately not a product; it’s a philosophy. It’s not just a classroom tool;… Read more »