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Middle and High School
Career Options

Education & Training
Money Management

In addition to the resources highlighted on the site, educators are directed to the following resources. These are grouped to match the site’s content sections. 

Middle and High School

How to Study 
This web resource provides useful information on all aspects of study strategies and writing techniques.

Career Options

California Career Planning Guide
The California Career Planning Guide guides students though the steps for developing a personal career action plan. From CalCRN’s website, users can download free English and Spanish graphic versions and English and Spanish text versions.

Green 360 Career Catalyst
The Career Catalyst is a free online career readiness resource to help students make informed choices and build career pathways that address real world challenges. Lesson Plans for Educators provide enrichment and collaboration activities and offers strategies for curriculum integration. This resource comes from a collaboration between PG&E and WestEd.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Website for Grades K-12
Use the most current labor statistics and information to bring career exploration and planning into your classroom using guides, games, and quizzes.

This site provides counselors with lesson plans, and course planning templates and other resources to assist you in helping students map paths to successful careers.

Roadtrip Nation Series Curriculum
Roadtrip Nation’s Series Curriculum serves as way to create meaningful conversations between you and your students. The guides in this curriculum follow each episode of the public television series Roadtrip Nation, which correspond to a specific theme (e.g., fear, risk, confidence). Guides also include engaging questions to help students define their own Roads in life.

Education & Training provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (A I C C U), and the California Department of Education.

California State University (CSU) Counselor Resources
This directory includes the most popular resources used by high school and community college counselors and educators for CSU application procedures, admissions, and college resource posters and guides.

California Virtual Campus
This faculty/staff page has been organized around the theme of social media, and offers sections for online teaching resources, best practices, conferences, and featured online communities related to that theme.

College Board
This is the education professionals area on the College Board website.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
This site provides a one-stop shop for STEM information. STEM resources are sectioned into grade spans, career preparation/readiness, and college readiness. You will find access to online libraries and centers; initiatives and networks, programs of study, and professional organizations.

UC Resources for Counselors and Educators
The University of California (UC) provides counselors with information regarding application, and admissions.

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
Six University of California (UC) campuses offer a transfer admission guarantee to students from all California Community Colleges (CCC). Students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a UC TAG.

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Resources in this section will help teachers understand and address issues many students face.


Adoption Awareness in School Assignments [PDF]
A guide for parents and educators.


Family Involvement & Partnerships
California Department of Education"s Family Involvement & Partnerships resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Resources for schools and administrators.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) 
NTACT’s purpose is to assist in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Taking Charge of Your Education: Transition Planning for Your Future [PDF]
This is a comprehensive guide with activities and resources to guide students with disabilities from high school to postsecondary success.

Think College
Resources for opening doors to colleges for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country.

Homeless & Transient

Homeless Children and Youth Education
This site provides numerous programs, contacts, and documents that can assist in providing resources for homeless youth and their families.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
NAEHCY is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Foster Youth

California Department of Education
Resources related to foster youth services programs including web links, reports, and other information.

California College Pathways
The goal of the California College Pathways is to increase the number of foster youth in California who enter higher education and achieve an academic outcome by expanding access to campus support programs, such as the Guardian Scholars Program, the Renaissance Scholars Program and other successful approaches to supporting former foster youth on campus.

Casey Life Skills
Free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood. The life skills assessments provide instant feedback. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost.

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Migrant Education Program and Services
Provides information on statewide programs and services coordinated by California’s Migrant Education Program.

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Cal-SAFE Program for Expectant & Parenting Students
Cal-SAFE provides academic and support services to help students to stay in school. Female and male students age 18 and younger who have not graduated from high school may voluntarily enroll in the Cal-SAFE Program if they are an expectant parent, a custodial parent, or a non-custodial parent taking an active role in the care and supervision of their child. An eligible student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible as long as there is an active IEP. Contact your local school district office to locate the Cal-SAFE program closest to you.

Career Aspirations of Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents [PDF]
This is a study suggesting that "...age and source of career information were the only two (variables) to show a statistically significant difference on the career aspirations of pregnant or parenting adolescents and "...the majority of adolescent females aspired to become registered nurses."


Expungement and Criminal Records
This resource gives information about expungement and criminal records on a state-by-state basis.

How Does California’s Juvenile Justice System Work?
This site provides an overview of county probation and California Youth Authority services.

Justice-involved/Reentry: Youth
From the U.S. Department of Labor’s WorkforceGPS program: Collaborating For Successful Reentry:  A Practical Guide To Support Justice-involved Young People Returning to the Community. 

Money Management

California Student Aid Commission: Financial Aid Glossary
This site lists and defines the most commonly used terms in financial aid. For example, you’ll find definitions of California Residency; Eligible Noncitizen; Undocumented Student; Merit-based Aid; and Need Based Aid.

Council on Economic Education
The Council on Economic Education supplies teachers with over a thousand lesson plans, videos, games, and online teacher training. 

Federal Reserve Education
Educators will find lesson plans, activities, publications, games and simulations and videos.

Federal Student Aid for Counselors
Federal student aid information is here to help counselors prepare students and parents for college, career and trade school.

Grades K-12 Financial Literacy Resources
An electronic resource library for grades K–12 provides links to programs that are appropriate for use in the classroom or at home as a resource for students, teachers, and parents who want to increase financial literacy. This resource is provided by the California Department of Education.

Help Your Children Grow Their Money Skills
Kids learn important money lessons from watching how adults around them earn, spend, save, and borrow. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have created some great resources to help teach children, teens, and young adults how to make good financial decisions to achieve their goals throughout the stages of their lives

JumpStart Coalition
The Jump$tart Coalition provides a variety of financial literacy resources for anyone who wants to teach financial smarts to students. Resources for Teachers and Educators
Provides information about and links to a collection of federal guides and curricula for teaching financial capability concepts. This collection is designed specifically for teachers and educators, including those who work with children as well as practitioners who teach adults.

Stock Market Game
Students “invest” $100,000 in this stock market game which teaches economic and financial concepts.

The Mint
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation in partnership with the National Council on Economic Education site is designed to help educators teach 6-12 graders how to manage money wisely. 

The Financial Aid Toolkit
The Financial Aid Toolkit consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database,  The database provides access to resources covering the entire financial aid lifecycle from applying for financial assistance to repaying student loans. It includes documents such as materials for financial aid nights at institutions, publications, presentations, brochures, videos, and sample tweets and Facebook posts.

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Financial Literacy Resource Directory. This directory provides information on financial literacy resources, issues and events that are important to bankers, organizations, and consumers of all ages. The directory includes descriptions and contact information for a sampling of organizations that have undertaken financial literacy initiatives as a primary mission, government programs, fact sheets, newsletters, conference materials, publications, and links to websites.

Videos is a free, online library of student- and teacher- made short career videos for learners everywhere. Its careers collection has spawned activities in classrooms around the globe, and those interested can contact them from the home page about these free possibilities.

Gigniks provides career guidance videos of people with really interesting jobs, starting with entertainment and moving on to science, technology, healthcare, business, entrepreneurial, green jobs, government, you name it. Check it out. All shot and edited by super talented L.A high school kids working with the Gigniks careers media program.

Check out more career and college videos on the Videos page.

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