School Based Coordinators
Chrystine Caffrey & Patricia Dionne
School Based Coordinator Role
The purpose of the School Based Coordinator is to engage faculty, staff, administrators, parents and business in a process to understand, implement and evaluate career/contextual learning. Activities focus on career awareness, exploration, and preparation as well as Applied Learning. Connections for these activities are made by linking business, industry and community resources to support and enhance classroom learning.
Assist with integration of career awareness, exploration, and preparation as well as Applied Learning activities by providing information, materials, resources and expertise related to career/contextual learning, programs, projects, professional development and special events.
Create opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators to gain knowledge about RI businesses, industries, community-based organizations and postsecondary institutions in order to provide meaningful experiences for all students.
Continue to promote the RI Educator Externship Program.
School Based Coordinator Focus
What is Career Awareness?
Career Awareness activities are designed to increase student awareness to the broad range of careers and/or occupations in the world of work regardless of gender.
Awareness activities range from limited exposure in the world of work, through occasional field trips and classroom speakers.
What is Career Exploration?
Career Exploration activities are designed to provide in-depth exposure to career options for students.
Exploration activities may include the study of career opportunities in a particular field to identify potential careers.
What is Career Preparation?
Career Preparation activities are designed to assist students in understanding his/her place in the world of work.
What is Applied Learning?
Applied Learning in the classroom should extend and transform what students learn by enhancing the role of students in their own learning.
Applied Learning involves students working to create a solution to a problem that addresses a genuine need, for which there is no preconceived plan and solution but for which there is an expectation of a genuine outcome.
Applied Learning offers opportunities to help students learn things that people who get things done need to know—problem solving, communication, skills in accessing and using information, how to be self-managing and how to work with other people.
Applied Learning helps students make connections between what they learn in school and how that knowledge is used for real purposes both in and out of school.
Applied Learning offers students the opportunity to learn what it means to be productive—students put effort, knowledge and skill into activities that have a value beyond an assessment grade and experience the sense of purpose and achievement that comes with productive activity.