What does Academic and Career Planning (ACP) look like for my child?
Posted on 02/07/2018

Appleton Area School District parents and families,

We have some new district-wide initiatives that will better prepare every student in our district, 4K through our graduating Seniors, for their futures. Please, take a few minutes and review the state required Academic and Career Plan, or ACP.

Academic and Career Planning is a student-driven, adult-supported process. Students create their own unique vision for post-secondary success. This is achieved through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career planning skills.

We’ve done a lot of work so far to build a culture of career based learning in our district. We are well positioned to deliver the ACP process that is now a requirement for the state of Wisconsin. All students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in public school districts will participate in ACP. However, we’re not doing this because it is mandatory, but because our students will be better prepared for opportunities after high school. Classroom to Career

Our Classroom to Career strategic plan incorporates activities into a student’s educational experiences to better create a realistic picture of what they need to do and which routes to take in order to achieve their dreams. ACP supports our Classroom to Career strategic plan by ensuring that all students will graduate with a game-plan for reaching their future career and a support system to help throughout the process. 

We want our students to be strong critical thinkers, to be able to collaborate and solve real-world problems, and persevere when things aren’t quite going their way. It’s really about ensuring that our students will become productive adults with satisfying careers. 

ACP is a student-driven, ongoing process that actively engages students enabling them to:

  • Understand their own interests, strengths, values, learning styles,
  • Create a vision of their future
  • Develop individual goals
  • Prepare a personal plan for achieving their vision and goals

XelloThe state of Wisconsin provides school districts with an online program called Xello to support the ACP mandate. Xello helps our students create a successful future through self-knowledge, exploration, and planning. Xello feels like the software students use in their everyday lives, and it simplifies the future-planning process by presenting information in a highly personal and contextual way. It moves away from a checklist approach to readiness and puts every student at the center of their unique journey – a journey that lets them define and create their successful future. 

Families are an integral part of the ACP process! Families are encouraged to explore the site together, review their child’s plan and discuss their opportunities in order to help them make thoughtful decisions that align with their goals.

We are working to help all of our students earn a diploma by design, not by default. This is possible through equipping students with meaningful and supportive adult relationships, the ability to adapt to opportunities and challenges, and help them begin their personalized journeys to successful lives.

The ACP process aligns perfectly with our vision of preparing our students for their future, every child, every day. We hope that you will join us on this journey, as parents supporting their students, as businesses supporting their community and as teachers supporting the future.

Classroom to Career Conversation CafeCafe

If you’d like to learn more, I encourage you to attend our upcoming Classroom to Career Conversation Cafe on Monday, February 12 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Wilson Middle School LMC. This will be a relaxed, collaborative night of learning for parents and families. 

Bring your questions and join us to learn more about:

Career and Life Skills
- PreK-12th Grade Indicators
- Examples from the Classroom

Academic and Career Planning
- Process and Parent Role
- Xello Software (Career Cruising) Resource

Classroom to Career
- Student Engagement with Business
- Real-World Experiences

Judy Baseman
Superintendent of Schools
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