Explore is the District’s annual curriculum and career expo for 8th graders, and it is being held as a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Across the District, 8th-grade students will participate synchronously from their classrooms through Zoom.
Each 8th grader has worked in Naviance — a digital college and career planning system — to learn which career clusters align with their interests and aptitudes. Using this information, they have worked with counselors to select three career exploration sessions to participate in on Oct. 7. Each session will be hosted by a representative of the occupation and showcase several career options in the field. The middle school counselors have also created pre-lessons and a post-lesson so students better understand how their career exploration, interests and insights can be applied to their coursework at U-46 as well as planning for their future.
The event will be conducted during the normal school day hours. The schedule will be reviewed with them, and the kick-off activities will occur. Students will be receiving their schedule of sessions and Zoom links through their school email. Parents should talk to their children to make sure they understand what is expected of them on Oct. 7 and also to learn about what sessions they will be joining.
Once again, the Alignment Collaborative for Education is partnering with U-46 to organize the event. Alignment is a non-profit local organization that brings together community resources and initiatives to support District priorities.
Parents of 8th-grade students can learn more about Explore 2021 at a webinar that was held on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
2021 Parent and Student Packet
Please check out the parent and student packet below for the schedule and a list of featured careers!