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Best Practices in School Counseling
A 35-page best practices guide to Connecticut school and career counseling.

Best Practices of Technology Integration in Michigan
Lesson plans written by practicing teachers and "kid tested" to work in the classroom in. Subject areas include: Business, Fine Arts, Integrated Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, and Technology.  Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, the REMC Association of Michigan, and the Berrien RESA.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is committed to improving education.  This site gives information and research on many education-related topics.  There is information for early learning programs and high school teachers.

Bioscience Clearinghouse  
Learn about the bioscience industry and associated careers with North Carolina’s Bioscience Clearinghouse.  There are resources for K-12 students including workshops, conferences, internships, and camps.

Career Adventures Camp (CAC)
See the last page of the Fall 2008 issue of The Connecticut Career Resource Network UPDATE to read about the Career Adventures Camp, a career exploration program for selected rising 8th graders from New Haven Schools. The Camp was part of the Next Generation Careers pilot program in New Haven.

Career-Focused Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges
An 81-page report by the National Collaborative on Disability & Youth and the Workforce Strategy Center on successful programs highlighting several community colleges around the nation.

Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP) 
CPEP is an educational enrichment non-profit organization, whose mission is to help underrepresented students explore, prepare for and reach their full potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.). 

Connecticut’s School-to-Career System 
Students who enroll in and complete this rigorous school-based learning, employer-based learning, and connecting activities will be awarded a Connecticut Career Certificate – a portable credential that attests to mastery of employer-identified academic, employability and technical skills within one of eight career clusters. Read the 3-page overview to find out more about how to implement this workforce development system in your school.

Connecticut Science Olympiad 
The Connecticut Science Olympiad is an organization devoted to improving the quality of science education and increasing student interest in science through team-oriented science competitions.  It costs $160 to enter a team.

Connecticut State Scholars Program
CBIA presents the Connecticut State Scholars, a simple, low-cost, high-impact strategy between the education and the business communities collaborate to directly address and motivate students to prepare them for college and success in their future careers. Local business leaders work with students just before they select their secondary level courses, helping students understand how taking and completing rigorous high school courses such as lab sciences, algebra II and other challenging subjects will benefit their career options and future earnings.

eWIT – IT Career Cluster Initiative  
The Educators’ Website for Information Technology (eWIT) presents best practices across several states that have embarked on pilot programs to teach IT career exploration activities.  Includes the national model and framework defining the Information Technology Career Cluster.

Federal TRIO Programs 
The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

The FindYouthInfo Federal Links page is a guide to federally-funded best practices, and the Program Directory features proven programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people that impede academic learning.

Job Corps 
Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives.

Junior Achievement
This organization is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.  This site contains programs and curriculum geared toward elementary, middle, and high school students learning about finance, business, economics, and entrepreneurship.  There is also a JA Student Center resource where students have tools to become workforce ready.

Manufacturing Institute   
NAM-endorsed manufacturing skills certification system; view the introductory presentation by The Manufacturing Institute President Emily Stover DeRocco.

Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP)
The Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) is a mathematics education initiative for ages 5 to 19 and the general public, based at the University of Cambridge (UK). Active nationally and internationally, the goals are to support maths education and promote the development of mathematical skills and understanding through enrichment activities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth 
High School/High Tech Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Youth with Disabilities
NCWD/Youth publications can be downloaded for free, for more click on “Publications by Topic”.

National College Transition Network  
A site developed by teachers, counselors, program coordinators, and others providing helpful tips and practices to get students and community involvement with the transition to postsecondary education and career readiness.

National Education Association (NEA) – Promising Practices 
Free online resource for teaching materials, methods, techniques, and activities.

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
NFTE is an organization that helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. 

National GEAR UP
Connecticut State GEAR UP

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.  Many GEAR UP programs are already underway in Connecticut.

National Geographic Bee
National Geographic hosts a National Geographic Bee for students in grades 4-8.  There is a $70 registration fee for a school, which includes contest materials. There are also other educations resources available. 

Next Generation of Manufacturing – Summaries of Externship Experiences  
Read the summaries of Connecticut teachers who participate in next generation manufacturing externships and successfully bring new lessons to their student classrooms through “Educators: Externship Work-based Learning Projects.”   View the 25-page best practices pocket guide

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
P21 is a national organization committed to serving as a catalyst for 21st Century readiness for every student in the US K-12 education system. The effort builds collaborative partnerships among business, education, community and government leaders to help local K-12 schools to highlight the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation) and prepare every student for the global economy.

Perkins Collaborative Resource Network 
This site provides resources and tools for the development and implementation of comprehensive career guidance programs, from the "ABCs of the ASVAB" to "Virtual Job Shadow."

Project Lead the Way 
This organization promotes pre-engineering, technology, and biomedical science courses for middle and high school students.  Partnerships are formed with public schools, higher education institutions, and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the education system.  PLTW has created curriculum for member schools to use and offers professional training to teachers and counselors.  Information packets can be requested via the website.

State Education Research Center (SERC) – Best Practices in Connecticut  {NEW!}
The SERC directory of best practices in education to support the achievement of all learners. Directed to educators, service providers and families for effective school environments that will lead to and improvements in student performance.

STEM Equity Pipeline – Promising Practices  
A list of promising practices to encourage a diverse population of students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. This site is funded by the National Science Foundation.  
"Strategies for Building Connecticut’s Energy Career Pipeline: {NEW!}
Creating Pathways for the Entry-level Worker
A 37-page November 1, 2010, report by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association Education Foundation for the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of MetroHartford.

Yale University School of Medicine has partnered with the Bridgeport Public Schools as recipients of U.S. Department of Education's GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). The “Maximizing Adolescent Academic eXcellence” (The MAAX) is a classroom-based instruction tool designed for academic enrichment for students of inner-city schools, and provides helpful and interactive information to help students understand the benefits from pursuing a college education.  The MAAX is a Connecticut-based program of The Consultation Center, under the supervision of Dr. Nadia L. Ward, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.

Water And People Boot Camp 2010 - Bridgeport, Connecticut”   
“Water and People” is a dynamic new high school course partnering students with water industry professionals and their community. Watch this video and see how Connecticut is on the cutting edge to fill the shortage of water operators by offering this career exploration opportunity.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection in collaboration with the Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut.


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