The Blue Bar on the
Left is an interactive Table of Contents
The blue “navigation bar”
on the left is the Table
of Contents for all of the sections of
the website. It is divided into 10 sections
as described below. If you click on any of the
10 sections, you will jump to that part of the
website. In addition, a list of subsections will
appear on the Navigation Bar. For example, if
you click on “Professional Development,”
the following subsections will appear on the Navigation
Bar: Introduction; Design Studios; Teacher Job
Shadows and Externships; Examples; and Tools.
At any point, you can move between sections (or
subsections) by clicking the name of that section
on the Navigation Bar.
The Blue Bar on the
Right Lists Supplemental Documents
The blue “information bar”
on the right lists supplemental
documents, including this User’s
Guide, a printable version of the website,
and a link to download Acrobat Reader.
signifies that the document is available in PDF
format to download by clicking the icon. (All
of the PDF files are also listed and available
in the Resources section.)
signifies that the document or link is a TOOL.
By this we mean that it is content you can use
in implementing school-to-career activities. Examples
include toolkits, planning guides, checklists,
and assessment rubrics.
move you between sections. The left arrow takes
you to the previous page, the right arrow takes
you to the next page, and the up arrow returns
you to the first page of that section.
Opening Links to PDF
Files or Other Websites
School and Beyond is intended
to provide basic information and then link readers
to other web sites for more information. Therefore,
you will see numererous web site links throughout
this document. In addition, all the Resources
are linked to web sites. To access web sites that
are linked from School and Beyond, be sure you
are connected to the internet. (PDF files, however,
can be accessed directly from the CD, without
an internet connection.)
Whenever you click on a PDF icon
or website link, the new information will open
in a separate window. You cannot use the back
button to return to the School-to-Career website.
You must CLOSE or MINIMIZE the
new window and the original website will still
If there is a PDF icon next to
a website link, you have two resources available.
If you click on the PDF icon, you will be able
to download the document in question. Clicking
on the link will take you to the website where
that document came from.
The Site Map
provides a detailed table of contents for the
The site is divided into 10 sections,
the first of which is the Home Page. The website
is designed to be useful for both those new to
these ideas, and those with previous experience.
As a general rule, the sections begin with definitional
and theoretical information and end with examples
and tools. Content sections include the following:
Section I, Introduction,
provides an introduction to school-to-career strategies
and “authentic learning” concepts,
including historical background and research-based
findings, as well as information about funding
and initiatives to support the work.
Section II, Professional
Development, provides guidelines
on “hands on” strategies for educators
to expand their understanding and implement the
strategies through interaction with colleagues
and direct experience in the community.
Section III, Standards,
explores four “domains of learning”:
discipline-specific, technical, functional, and
“life-long learning”, and the standards
that are associated with each. Adherence to standards
in all domains will help ensure quality practice
and student success.
Section IV, School-Based
Learning: Curriculum Integration and Project-Based
discusses how to integrate curriculum and create
learning-rich projects for students. Examples
and links to additional resources and tools are
provided to assist in implementing these strategies.
Section V, Community-Based
and Work-Based Learning: Moving Beyond the Classroom,
provides definitions, examples and tools to implement
experiences such as job shadowing and internships.
These experiences expand and enrich classroom
learning, and provide students with valuable opportunities
to explore career options for the future.
Section VI, Connecting
Exploration and Development,
explores the concept of “career exploration”
in greater depth, and provides materials and strategies
to help ensure that students are exposed to a
broad array of options and that their learning
connects to their interests and future goals.
Section VII, Assessing
Quality Practice, provides
key questions and tools that will help teachers,
first, to assess their own practice to ensure
that they are providing high quality experiences
for students, and second, to assess student performance
in ways that promote students’ intellectual
and personal growth.
Section VIII, Resources,
provides a Glossary of Terms, and four lists of
resources, each organized differently for ease
of access: Learning Strategies: Sites and Tools;
Organizational Resources: Organizations with Relevant
Programs, Resources or Curricula; State and Federal
Programs that Support Integrated Learning; Tools
and “How To” Resources. A fifth resource
list is a table of contents to the PDF Files that
can be downloaded directly from the website.