HANOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT 28

Where grade level 13 readiness lives!

WEATHER STATUS:

NORMAL

DISTRICT STATUS:

GREEN

8TH grade

ICAP

ICAP is Colorado’s Individual Career and Academic Plan. Here at Hanover, we combine education about careers and the education or training needed, life skills, financial planning, communication skills, academic support and planning, and social/emotional skills to prepare you for “Grade Level 13 Readiness.”

ASSIGNMENTS

August

As a Class: Class Contract
SEL: Starting Strong
Random Acts of Kindness: Self-Esteem and Self-Image
Naviance: SMART Goals

September

As a Class: Time Management and Organization
SEL: Why Try Get Plugged In
Random Acts of Kindness: Respect is a Human Right
Naviance: Achieve Works Personality

October

As a Class: Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation
SEL: Why Try Labels
Random Acts of Kindness: Empathy and Compassion
Naviance: Transition to Middle School

November

As a Class: Coping with Crisis
SEL: Why Try Motivation Formula
Random Acts of Kindness: Walking in Their Shoes
Naviance: Road Trip Nation

December

As a Class: Contract Review
SEL: Why Try Climbing Out
Random Acts of Kindness:
Responding to Peer Pressure
Naviance:
Goal Review

January

As a Class: Growth Mindset
SEL: Why Try Desire, Time, and Effort
Random Acts of Kindness: Shortcut or Loophole
Naviance: Road Trip Nation

February

As a Class: Healthy Relationships
SEL: Why Try Jumping Hurdles
Random Acts of Kindness: Rebuilding Trust
Naviance: Resume Scavenger Hunt

March

As a Class: Mindfulness
SEL: Why Try Defense Mechanisms
Random Acts of Kindness: Building Self-Discipline
Naviance: Resume Building

April

As a Class: Effective Communication
SEL: Why Try Lift the Weight
Random Acts of Kindness: Conflict in Responsibility
Naviance: Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies

May

As a Class: Exploring Culture, Identity, and Social Justice
SEL: Why Try The Wall
Random Acts of Kindness: Culture of Kindness
Naviance: Goal Review

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

    • Understand how to be mentally and emotionally healthy (CDE Comprehensive Health Standards, 6th
      Grade 3.1)
    • Apply effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills to enhance health (CDE Comprehensive
      Health Standards, 6th Grade 3.2)

ICAP Quality Indicators

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