ERIC Number: EJ836314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What Do I Do Now
McCarthy, Ellen H.; Donini, Mary J.
Principal Leadership, v9 n8 p28-31 Apr 2009
Few issues in education are more pressing than the need to prepare students for a productive life after school. The issue is of paramount importance to the nation as well as the individual. Each week seems to bring another dire prediction that the United States and its workers will soon be competing with far better prepared workers from around the world. With U.S. schools so focused on required testing, instruction in workplace skills and life skills are falling by the wayside. The loss of this instruction is particularly damaging to students who are newcomers to the United States. The intricacies of the application process, both to college and the world of work, are often totally unfamiliar to these students and their families, and there are few resources available to them for support once they leave the public school system. This article describes a program and a tool that Mountain View School, a public alternative school in Fairfax County, Virginia, has been developing that will bridge the gap between high school and the world beyond. The project evolved over a period of several years into what the school now calls the "electronic portfolio."
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Competency Based Education, Transitional Programs, High School Students, Portfolios (Background Materials), High School Graduates, Computer Uses in Education, At Risk Students, Educational Technology
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia