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11A New Platform Curriculum

Phase 1: (Re)Connecting  

This phase will last from September to mid October. In this phase, students will (re)connect with their mentors in order to start the year off strong. Mentees and mentors will know the expectations and goals for the year and will be able to use those as a base to which to come back to and strengthen their bond.


Lesson

Objective

Resources
1.1 Get InspiredSWBAT reflect on inspirational stories of overcoming hardship. 

1.2 It Takes Two

SWBAT articulate their roles and responsibilities as a mentee. 
1.3  Beginning of Year SurveySWBAT understand how to navigate and use the Platform and complete their BOY survey.

1.4 Successes and Failures

SWBAT understand the importance of adopting a growth mindset and learning from failures. 
1.5 Advocating for My Needs
SWBAT identify how and who to turn to for academic and social support.
1.6 Goal Setting

SWBAT set one personal and one academic goal for the year and ask their mentor for specific support around achieving these goals.

1.7 Senior PanelSWBAT hear from seniors currently in the iMentor program.



Event

Description

Resources
Pair Event:
Communicating to Success






Pairs will learn and practice healthy forms of communication. 

Pairs will make agreements to utilize the healthy forms of communication for future rapport building. 

This event is written for new pairs but can be implemented through the lens of "resetting communication going into the post-secondary planning process. 



Phase 2: Career Exploration

This phase will last from late October to the end of November.  Students will carry out a set of self-reflection activities, with their mentor's support, to better understand their interests, skills and the links between their passions and career pathways. 


Lesson

Objective

Resources

2.1 My Life in 10 Years 

SWBAT envision their desired lifestyle 10 years into the future.
2.2 Financing Adulthood
SWBAT understand the cost of living as an adult.

2.3 My Top Careers

SWBAT identify their interests and make connections between the top career clusters that align with their interests.

2.4 Mapping My Career Options

SWBAT connect their career interests with post-secondary pathways.

2.5 High School to Career Connection 

SWBAT  connect their career aspirations to opportunities, experiences and skills they should be developing in high school. 


Event

Description

Resources
Pair Event:
Career Exploration


This event is focused on exposing students to different careers and paths. The event  also allows time to reflect on their ability to discuss their own desired career trajectory.


Phase 3 - Post Secondary Research

This phase will occur from March to the end of April. Pairs will identify the key components of match and fit so that they can research and select post-secondary pathways that are strong options for the mentee. An emphasis will be placed on academic match to ensure that students are not under-matching and on diversity as a fit factor. Pairs will work together to create a list of 5-10 post-secondary options.  

Resource

Description

Parent Guide to Post-Secondary PathwaysThis guide serves to encourage parents to begin their conversation surrounding post-secondary options with their child. 
Mentor Guide to Fit FactorsThis guide serves to provide an overview of fit factors to mentors as well as supporting questions mentors can ask their mentee to reflect on fit factors.
Mentor Guide to Researching Post Secondary PathwaysThis guide walks mentors through the process of researching post-secondary pathways (both college and pro-pathways). 
Big Future GuideStudents that were not present for the 3.6 lesson, or need to review the content once more, can use this guide to learn how to research college options on the Big Future website. 


Lesson

Objective

Resources
3.1 Introduction to the Post-Secondary Landscape
SWBAT identify the different post-secondary pathways that they could choose to follow.

3.2 My Fit Factors - Part 1

SWBAT understand the different fit factors they should consider before pursuing a post-secondary program.

3.3 My Fit Factors - Part 2
SWBAT understand the different fit factors they should consider before pursuing a post-secondary program.

3.4 Considering Diversity at as Fit Factor 

SWBAT identify the importance of considering diversity as a fit factor when researching and applying to post-secondary options.

3.5 Academic Match 

SWBAT define the terms "safety," "target," "reach," and "undermatching" in relation to post-secondary programs.

3.6 Post-Secondary Research Set Up  

SWBAT understand the process of utilizing resources for post-secondary research and begin to craft a post-secondary list.

3.7 Post-Secondary Research - Day 1 

SWBAT research safety, target, and reach colleges. 

3.8 Post-Secondary Research - Day 2 

SWBAT research safety, target, and reach colleges alongside pro-pathways based on their fit factors.


Event

Description

Resources
Pair Event:
Campus Scavenger Hunt/Relationship Check In

Pairs will connect at this event to explore college campuses. Students may be physically limited in visiting college campuses but, thanks to the current technology available, can visit virtually through the Youvisit website. Pairs will also have the opportunity to examine the state of their relationship and reestablish relationship norms.
Pair Event:
Post-Secondary Research

Pairs will connect at this event to research post-secondary options. At this point, both mentees and mentors should understand how to engage in the research and be able to identify the different pathways available. This event will allow them to continue their exploration of these options.


Phase 4: Professional Skill Building

This phase will begin in mid February and last until mid March. Mentees will identify potential summer opportunities of interest and begin to complete applications. With their mentor’s support, they will work on a resume that they can use to apply to these summer opportunities of interest.


Lesson

Objective

Resources
4.1 My ResumeSWBAT identify their hard and soft skills as a part of their career exploration and as pre-work for their resume.


4.2 My Resume - Work Time SWBAT work on crafting a resume.

4.3 Making the Most of My Summer 

SWBAT research opportunities and begin planning for the summer.


4.4 Making the Most of My Summer - Work TimeSWBAT continue to research opportunities and begin planning for the summer.



Event

Description

Resources

Pair Event:

Professional Skill Building





Pairs will connect at this event to discuss professional skill building. First, pairs will have a chance to break the ice with a mock interview. Then, they will work together to create and improve the mentee’s summer resume. Finally, pairs will discuss the types of opportunities the mentee would like to participate in over the summer.  







Phase 5: Preparing for the Summer and the 12th Grade

This phase will last from the end of March to early June. This phase acts as a jump start for students on the post-secondary application process. Students will finalize their preliminary post-secondary list. They will plan summer tasks to complete in order to stay on track with the post-secondary application process and draft a summer communication plan with their mentors.  

Resource

Description

Parent/Guardian Guide to Financial Aid
This guide serves to support parents/guardians in understanding the various forms of financial aid and the applications they will need to complete to acquire financial aid for their child. 
Mentor Guide to Letters of Recommendation 
This guide serves to support mentors as they write a letter of recommendation for their mentee. 


Lesson

Objective

Resources

5.1 Getting Ready for the SAT

SWBAT articulate the value of the SAT in relation to their post-secondary goals.
5.2  Letters of RecommendationSWBAT learn why letters of recommendation are important and how to acquire them.

5.3 The Personal Statement

SWBAT learn how the college admissions essay can help admissions counselors see them as more than their grades and scores.
5.4 Understanding Financial Aid

SWBAT identify and define the various forms of financial aid available to them (i.e., loans, grants, scholarships.

5.5 My Post-Secondary Prep Work Time


SWBAT choose to finish working on their post-secondary list, emails for letters of recs or college essay
5.6 End of Year Survey

SWBAT complete the EOY survey.

5.7  Preparing for My Summer

SWBAT create a mentor/mentee summer communication plan and identify summer tasks to accomplish


Event

Description

Resources
Pair Event:
Completing Post-Secondary Research/Introduction to PSP

Students and their mentors will evaluate their options on their post-secondary list to ensure a meaningful options to apply to in senior year. Pairs will also have the opportunity to learn about PSP.

Pair Event:
Preparing for Senior Year/Program Celebration



Students and their mentors will create an summer action plan for post-secondary access tasks. They will also have the opportunity to celebrate the completion of their first year together as a pair.