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The REACH Initiative is an Alabama Student Advisement Model for students in Grades 6-12 and is research-based and standards-based. This website provides planning and implementation tools, including curriculum maps and standards-based lesson plans designed to enhance academic, career and personal-social development for Alabama middle and high school students.
Articulation of Career and Technical Education Courses can be found here.
This page is designed to introduce teachers to the Career Preparedness course as well as sharing plans of instruction, lesson plans, instructional strategies, resources, best practices, and tips for teaching this integral course required for graduation from Alabama's public schools.
Resources & Links
Resources and information provided are for communication purposes only. Listing these resources and information does not constitute endorsement by either Counseling and Guidance or the Alabama State Department of Education.
Four Year Plans
As an objective of PLAN 2020, the strategic plan for public education in Alabama, students will enter Grade 9 prepared and with a four-year plan that addresses their individual academic and career interest needs. A four-year plan allows students to personalize their high school experience, incorporate classes that will lead to their future college major and career, and—perhaps most importantly—ensure that they graduate from high school on time. Students have a four-year plan utilizing the Alabama Career Planning System, but it is important to review it each school year to ensure that they are still on track. The Alabama Career Planning System allows students to investigate the career clusters available at their school with their school counselor and discuss how they may take full advantage of the courses offered through their high school or local community college to challenge themselves, earn college credit early, and explore their interests while completing their requirements.
Four Yr Plans
A comprehensive school counseling and guidance program must ensure that every student has multiple opportunities to acquire competencies in the three domains of Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development. A combination of the four program delivery components (School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support) should be utilized in assisting students to achieve these competencies.
Resources from various professional development activities can be found using the tabbed pages below. Resources and information provided are for communication purposes only. Listing these resources and information does not constitute endorsement by either Counseling and Guidance or the Alabama State Department of Education.
In an effort to improve communication from ALSDE to LEA Professional School Counselors and LEA Counseling Coordinators, please submit questions that can be highlighted on our new Counseling and Guidance webpage. Your questions are important to us--none of your identification data will be displayed in any way on our new webpage.
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