Success in the New Economy by Kevin Fleming
What is Career Based Intervention?
The Career-Based Intervention (CBI) program is a Career-Technical Education Program designed for students ages 12-21 in grades 7-12 who are identified as disadvantaged (either academically or economically or both) or students with disabilities and who have barriers to achieving academic and career success. The program is to help students improve academic competence, graduate from high school, develop employability skills, implement a career plan and participate in a career pathway in preparation for postsecondary education and/or careers.
The CBI program provides a combination of educational and work-based learning opportunities for student success. The number of years a student spends in the CBI program is determined by the local program design and individual student needs. CBI programs are recommended to have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25 students per class and all CBI students must have scheduled related instruction. CBI program models can be single period which is referred to as Connections (or Career Connections) or programs may be multi period in which students have separately scheduled related instruction and work-based learning periods. Academic instruction (for credits) by the CBI instructor is not a program requirement but is recommended if the instructor is age and subject appropriately certified/licensed. All programs must provide academic intervention to assist the student with study skills, assist with academic progress and success and prepare for appropriate standardized testing.
The following key principals are based on seven of 10 High Schools That Work research-based key practices linked to student achievement and the integration of academic and career- technical skills and are intended to guide CBI program design and delivery to best meet student needs.
The seven key principles used as a guide for program designs are:
Higher Expectations - Partnering with administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and community to support a belief system that all learners will achieve academic success, establish a career pathway and become contributing members of society.
Common Curriculum - Engaging learners in the common curriculum of the school that provides opportunities for graduation and links with school district and state curriculum and performance expectations.
Authentic Learning - Providing appropriate and effective instruction by meeting student needs through active learner engagement and relating subject matter to life and work.
Supportive Structures- Achieving optimum conditions for learning through a student-teacher ratio that promotes effective interaction and instruction, physical location to develop psychological and social identity and instructional resources and technology to meet individual learner needs.
Sense of Belonging - Providing activities and a classroom/community environment that lead to increased positive social interaction, citizenship practices and leadership development.
Continuous Improvement - Monitoring and improving classroom achievement by using student assessment and program data in relation to the district's continuous improvement plan.
Student Identification - In partnership with administrators, counselors, teachers and parents, selecting students who have barriers to career and academic success.
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