Many states have regulations and mandates around college and career readiness. Typically these mandates and the programs that cover them have been very siloed curriculums that are separate from academic curriculum with no focus on school climate and culture. We are just now starting to see administrators incorporate career exploration and “soft skills” into their core content. With TEAMology, we make it incredibly easy to integrate.
Our program focuses on 6 SEL foundations that are embodied by a character. These characters give students concrete examples and contexts of expected behaviors and life long skills. Students love reading stories about the characters, learning about them in every academic area and are able to comprehend abstract emotional language through them.
We have tied in a career pathway with each character. This allows the students to explore careers based on a foundation and be able to discuss how they work together. They also learn how all of these skills connect and how each one is crucial for future success, no matter what their career interests. They are as follows:
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the following are just a few of the key competencies colleges and employers are looking for in future employees:
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
- Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
- Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
- Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
- Career Management: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
- Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
These competencies directly correlate to our characters, curriculum, language and daily reinforcements, which are immersed in the school culture every day. Students use journals to write about the career pathways, their personal career interests, how the SEL foundations are used and document their growth in knowledge about professions and skills.
We offer professional development sessions on Career Readiness and SEL, if you are interested, please contact us here.