ERIC Number: ED447631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Gifted Education/School-to-Work Models: Best Practices and Unique Approaches. Tonasket, Washington, School District.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.; Tonasket School District, WA.
The National School-to-Work Office in collaboration with the National Association for Gifted Children, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Association for the Gifted, and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted have identified 11 gifted education/school-to-work (GT/STW) models that are either best practices or unique approaches. This report provides an overview of one of the unique approaches models: the Tonasket School District's Career Connections in Washington state. This small, rural, and remote school district has access to cutting-edge technology on a new K-12 campus where teachers identify talented students and provide them with self-guided learning opportunities. The world of work is simulated through job searching and training, performance evaluation by mentors, and creating and presenting a career portfolio to a community review panel. Guest employment panels and training sessions provide connecting school-based and work-based activities for students, and help students, parents, teachers, and others understand employment trends and practices as well as all aspects of an industry. Partners such as Microsoft, Tree Top, and the U.S. Forest Service provide mentorships, field trips, and internships. The report includes a program overview, a description of the CHOICES program that allows students to participate in a creative business, and assessment tools. (CR)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Exploration, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Gifted, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Program Design, Rural Schools, School Business Relationship, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.; Tonasket School District, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington