7th Grade I.C.A.P.

7th Grade ICAP

Why Are We Career Planning Already?

“The National Career Development Association recommends that middle school students learn about themselves by developing awareness of their occupational interests, aptitudes and career values; gaining an understanding of the value and concept of work; and making preliminary occupational choices that are open to change. Self-knowledge is a necessary first step toward developing decision-making skills for education and careers, even as goals and interests change over time. Research has identified middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration. In addition, middle schoolers’ brains are receptive to developing the competencies known as 21st-century skills, non-cognitive skills, soft skills or employability skills. These skills include critical thinking, adaptability, problem solving, oral and written communications, collaboration, creativity, responsibility, professionalism, ethics and technology use. Employers report that employability skills are critical to the workforce, and many are also positively associated with academic achievement and post-secondary success.” – ACTE

Supporting Research

Career Exploration in Middle School by the Association of Career and Technical Education

Career Readiness For All by Coalition for Career Development

Individual Learning Plan Fact Sheet by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

SEL Standards

○ Demonstrate effective communication skills to express thoughts and feelings appropriately (CDE
Comprehensive Health Standards, 7th Grade, 3.1)
○ Develop healthy self management skills to prevent and manage stress (CDE Comprehensive Health
Standards, 7th Grade, 3.2)

ICAP Quality Indicators

○ Personal Awareness
○ Career Awareness
○ Postsecondary Aspirations
○ Postsecondary Options
○ Environmental Expectations
○ Academic Planning
○ Employability Skills



  • As a Class: Class Contract
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Starting Strong
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Respect
  • Naviance: SMART Goals


  • As a Class: Time Management and Organization
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Why Try-Get Plugged In
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Active Listening
  • Naviance: Achieve Works- Inteligences


  • As a Class: Self Awareness and Self Regulation
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Why Try- Labels
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Self-Care
  • Naviance: Your Brain and Learning (Khan Academy)


  • As a Class: Coping with Crisis
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Why Try- Motivation Formula
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Finding Your Voice
  • Naviance: RoadTrip Nation


  • As a Class: Class Contract Review
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Why Try-Climbing out
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Identity Circles
  • Naviance: Goal Review


  • As a Class: Growth Mindset
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Desire, Time, and Effort
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Levels of Honesty
  • Naviance: RoadTrip Nation


  • As a Class: Healthy Relationships
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Why Try- Jumping Hurdles
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Resisting Temptation
  • Naviance: Resume Scavenger Hunt


  • As a Class: Mindfulness
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: WhyTry- Defense Mechanisms
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Taking Responsibility
  • Naviance: Resume Building


  • As a Class: Effective Communication
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: Lift the Weight
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Rings of Responsibility
  • Naviance: Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies


  • As a Class: Exploring Culture, Identity, and Social Justice
  • SEL w/Ms. Nina: WhyTry- The Wall
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication
  • Naviance: Goal Review

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