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Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10

Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10
A Guide for School Practitioners

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April 2013 | 144 pages | Corwin
Because our students' futures are at stake

We know all too well that without college or career training, our students' job prospects may be severely limited. But if you ask any middle-schooler about life after high school, too many respond with a bored look or noncommittal shrug. Here's how to explain the real world when your students just don't want to listen or aren't aware of the importance of their education. This must-have book for any middle school teacher or counselor provides:

-Conversation starters for communicating the importance of college or career training

-Talking points and discussion questions to uncover students' interests

-Quizzes and reflections to get students planning

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About the Data
Topic 1. Education: The Key to Your Future
Topic 2. More Education = Better-Paying Jobs
Topic 3. Studying, Learning, and Getting Good Grades
Topic 4. School Subjects and How They Relate to Careers
Topic 5. Ready or Not: High School, Here We Come
Topic 6. How Interests Now Spark Careers Later
Topic 7. Navigating to the Job of Your Dreams
Topic 8. There Are So Many Jobs. How Do I Decide?
Topic 9. College Life: Much More Than Studying and Classes, It's Fun!
Connecting the Dots
About the Author


“This book provides an opportunity for students to think critically by asking them about real-life situations. This is vital because it is more likely to have a lasting impact on students”

Ian L. Brodie, Middle School Counselor
Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA

“The content is valuable for ALL students but could also be used for academically at risk students, including alternative high school students to prepare and motivate them for their future. This book is pragmatic, the activities and topics are engaging and on target, and the information is spot on.”

Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

“As a high school principal, I find myself having routine conversations with students, counselors, parents, and business owners about what the 21st century graduate needs to be able to do in the world of work. This book provides the learner a practical, hands-on approach that is easy to understand and provides a ‘wake-up call’ about the importance of education in today's world. I recommend this book to students, parents, and practitioners from the middle school level through adulthood!”

Steve Knobl, Principal
Pasco County Schools, New Port Richey, FL

"Sarah Klerk has created a treasure trove of crucial facts and well-crafted solutions to help young people explore careers and understand the academic work required to achieve their goals."

J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO
College Summit

"Connecting the Dots has tremendous potential to help us in the important work of explaining the relevance of education to children, of linking our children's current realities to their bright futures. We welcome this important new resource in our efforts to transform our community through education."

Michael F. Rice, Superintendent
Kalamazoo, MI

Sarah M. Klerk

Sarah M. Klerk is an expert of workforce development. In her work with Workforce Strategy Center, she helped communities develop career pathways. Prior to her work with WSC, Sarah worked at the Chicago Jobs Council to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty. It was from Sarah’s work at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, where she conducted research on workforce, economic, and educational development and worked with community stakeholders to improve the economy through educational and workforce development, that she gained a passion for helping students understand the... More About Author

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