How many of us pondered in our early childhood years, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” When asked by a family member, we would enthusiastically shout: “A doctor! A nurse! A teacher! A firefighter! A police officer! A businessperson! A baseball player!” While these professions are honorable and aspirational at this early age, children have little awareness of the vast number of career fields and professional opportunities that exist.
Nearly three years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, K12 educators and students alike are still adjusting to the new normal. While school districts pivoted quickly to online and remote learning options in March of 2020, the effects of the disruption are still being seen in students’ preparedness as they move on to college and careers. And that’s something the new normal was never meant to represent, unprepared students. In order to help students get back on track, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) continues to offer Elementary and Secondary School Emergency relief (ESSER) funds. A recently released letter outlines how to use the stimulus funds to expand on college and career readiness strategies.