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  1. Ooltewah High SchoolCareer Academy

  2. Schools have a responsibility to improve and they also have the freedom to improve … President George W. Bush

  3. What is a career academy? • Self-contained sub school within a larger high school • 100-200 voluntary students • Application process • Occupational or industry theme • Whole course of study • Includes vocational and academic NCRVE, 2003

  4. 1916 Dewey Advocate of integrating curriculum 1917 Smith Hughes Separate funding for vocational courses 1980s US Businesses Lacking critical thinking and problem solving skills Ability to learn in a continually changing environment 1990 Amendment Perkins Act Integrate academic and vocational education 1994 School-to-Work Act Reinforced Perkins amendments 2002 No Child Left Behind Education Reform A little history… University of California at Berkley, 2003

  5. Integrate? • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB 1992) • “All students should receive the essentials of the college prep curriculum.” • Kemple and Rock (1996) • Real world course content and curricular alignment • Bottoms and Sharpe (n.d.) • Challenging Content, Pedagogy: teaching for understanding, teacher collaboration, teaching in context, performance standards • Grubb (1995) • Student-centered, project-oriented approach; social integration of students; and greater coherence to the secondary program 2003

  6. Types of Integration • One-Way Integration • Improves academic content of vocational • Principles of Technology, Applied Mathematics • Two-Way Integration • Changes academic and vocational education • Teacher collaboration, Team Teaching • Work Related Integration • Apply concepts from academic and vocational classes to develop work-related skills • Open-Ended (PBL) 2003

  7. …when we put our minds to it, when we focus on the greater good, we can get a lot done. President George W. Bush

  8. Benefits of Career Academies • Increased student investment • Higher attendance and lower drop-out rates • Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences • Higher GPAs, improved attendance, a 100% graduation rate, positive student feedback Katz, 1995

  9. Benefits… • 1985-1988 California • Statistical significant advantages in: • Attendance • Credits earned • GPA • Retention through high school • Dropout rates 7-8% over three years • *State Law – Recruit students who are economically and educationally challenged Stern, 1995

  10. Benefits… • Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk • Patterson High School, Maryland • Is the school environment conducive to school achievement? • Before academy – 86.7% • After academy – 4.5% LaPoint, Jordan, McPartland and Towns,1996 McPartland, Legters, Jordan and McDill, 1996

  11. Their plans are rigorous and their plans are innovative. President George W. Bush

  12. Ooltewah High School International Studies Academy

  13. Why International Studies? • Boy Scout Surveys • Governor School for International Studies • Exchange Programs • Extra Curricular Programs • Student population • Student demographics • ESL School • Current Resources • Talents of Faculty

  14. Business 103 General, Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Real Estate … Computers 98 Programmers, Technicians, Engineers, Design Health Field 319 Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician, Nurse, Sports Medicine… International Studies 324 Law, Attorney/ FBI/ Journalism, Military, Government & Public, Security… V&P Arts 255 Voice, Instrumental, Acting, Artist, Photographer, Interior Design, Dance… Boy Scout Career Interest Survey

  15. We look forward to seeing the implementation of curricula that works. President George W. Bush

  16. Base Curriculum Beginning 8th grade (35) 4 English 4 or 5 Math 4 or 5 Science 5 Social Studies 4 or 5 Foreign Language 1 Wellness 2 Information Technologies 1 Fine Art 7 Electives Academy Curriculum 4 of 8 Major Cores Senior Portfolio Non-Credit Graduation Requirements 1 Summer Internship 4 Directed Studies/Mini-Courses Potential Curriculum Herrmann and McCormick

  17. Personalization • Reduces the impersonality of large high schools • Each student works directly with academy counselors • Semester parent meetings • Small student population • Bridge program, Night Owl • College Access Center National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1996

  18. School-Based • Advisory council • Teachers mentors/advisors • Junior review committee • Elected student board • STUDENT OWNERSHIP 1996

  19. Children respond to an atmosphere of high standards. President George W. Bush

  20. Career Majors • Perkins and STWOA vertically aligned academic and vocational courses • Constitute a career major, cluster or pathway • Ideally extensive career activities are offered Grubb, 1995

  21. Bilingual • Succeed in a global economy • Increases in verbal and nonverbal intelligence • Superior in divergent thinking tasks, memory ability and attention span • Higher test scores: reading, language, math • Strengthen first language in grammar, vocabulary, reading and communication skills • Strengthens cross-cultural skills and cultural sensitivity Learning.gov, 2003

  22. Problem Based Learning • Activities students will use in the work place • Relevant to curriculum • Open ended • Emphasize critical thinking

  23. With the No Child Left Behind Act, we have committed the nation to higher standards for every single public school. President George W. Bush

  24. Internships • Corporate paid internships for students • Student guided tours of their facilities • Paid summer internships • Postsecondary institutions • Tutoring • College scholarships • Corporate sponsors fund extended in-service for instructors at their facilities • Kraft General Foods – Teachers “externships”

  25. Human Services Shadowing sheriff’s deputies Shadowing district attorneys Studying forensics Operating a community preschool and childcare center Health Sciences First aid trainers Coordinate temporary community clinic Culinary Arts Operate a restaurant for students, faculty and community Full catering services Examples of Internships

  26. International Studies Summer Institutes 2003 University of Indiana 2003

  27. Accountability for results is now the law of the land. President George W. Bush

  28. Senior Institute • Coursework and portfolios • Planning for post high school • Senior graduation project • Standardized test • Senior internship • Advisory portfolio

  29. Untapped Pools of Labor • US Department of Labor (2002) “We have a skill shortage, not a labor shortage.” • Minorities are over-represented in the untapped pool • 10.5 % Hispanic • 2002 Census • Hispanic – Fastest growing minority in the Hamilton County area

  30. Customer Service Representative Civil Service Translator Military Law Enforcement Sales and Marketing International Law Economist Teacher International Politics Environmentalist Business and Information Technology Bilingual Employment Opportunities

  31. Academy Instructors • Teachers volunteer • Application process • Willingness to adapt • Desire to compliment goals of curricular integration • Willingness to further education • Colleagues share educational philosophies • Unique collegiality • Teach across the curriculum • Thematic focus • Paid teacher-collaboration time NCRVE, 2003

  32. Minimum GPA for Diploma A,B, Do it again Career Resource Center Formal IEP Nontraditional Schedule Corporate Sponsors Associate Degree Certifications Grants Areas For Further Research

  33. Bilingual Education Comprehensive School Grants Bilingual Program Enhancement Grants Bilingual Education Teachers and Personnel Grants Smaller Learning Communities Grant Research Implementation Career Resource Network State Grants Carnegie – In Kind Grant Opportunities

  34. And we look forward to the day that no child in this country is ever left behind. President George W. Bush