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World of Work Initiative:

From San Diego to the World

A Career Development Program for every child in every grade. A program started in El Cajon has been recognized by industry leaders as best practice and is changing the way children learn about the world of work.

About the Initiative

Guided by a community mission to make El Cajon, CA, the best place to live, work, play and raise a family and a school district vision to develop happy kids, in healthy relationships on a path to gainful employment, the Cajon Valley Union School District board advanced a strategic initiative and financing to develop a career development framework for every child in every grade. This initiative is led by teachers, and integrated in the classroom, to prepare every child for the future world of work. Since the 2016-17 school year, the program known as The World of Work™ (WoW) has been recognized by industry leaders as a best practice, is now in more than a dozen school districts, and has been granted $1.2M to advance the study and deployment in three San Diego districts.

Guided by career theories, the (WoW) initiative aims to connect in-school learning and the demands of the real-world and make explicit connections between students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), personal finance and career development. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, teachers began to integrate age-appropriate experiences in the classroom to provide students the opportunity to practice SEL skills, explore multiple career opportunities, and discover their strengths, interests, and values. This process aims to help students understand the fit between various careers options and their unique combination of capabilities.

The integration of these experiences follows two primary frameworks, the MissionofMe and the Implementation Framework.

The World of Work Network

The World of Work™ Network is a group of partners comprised of education, nonprofits, business and government entities that have supported the WoW development. These partners include San Diego County Office of Education, Classroom of the Future Foundation, San Diego Workforce Partnership, the Innovation Labs at The Myers Briggs Company, and Nepris

 

The WOW Network supports district leader and teacher professional development and implementation of products and services from the WoW digital and physical resources. Training also includes integration of both the Innovation Labs and Nepris tool sets

The WoW framework is influenced by careers research that highlights the importance of an ecosystem wide approach to career development. Therefore, WoW includes a two-generation strategy. WoW deployment includes training and services for parents that integrates the MissionofMe. Since inception, WoW has been deployed to more than 1,000 family members in Cajon Valley.

Research for the World of Work is provided by the University of San Diego’s - Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education. USD is currently entering year three of a four-year longitudinal study focusing on the advancement of career development by teachers and teachers. The below data is the most recent year of year data associated with Cajon Valley teachers’ agreement with the value of career development.

WoW and Transitions Canada Coalition are ready to partner if the response of participants at the Innovation Accelerator event warrants

 

Anticipated Key Benefits of this Program

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We expect that students who experience this district-wide initiative will become more engaged in school and will develop a range of social and emotional skills that will prepare them for postsecondary success in college, career and life. We have already experienced many examples of student engagement since the deployment. An example is Arlin Shamo’s TedxTalk

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We expect that students who experience this district-wide initiative will become more engaged in school and will develop a range of social and emotional skills that will prepare them for postsecondary success in college, career and life. We have already experienced many examples of student engagement since the deployment. An example is Arlin Shamo’s TedxTalk

This program is supported by Transitions Canada Coalition.

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