In elementary school, children begin to learn more about themselves and build confidence. In middle school, students continue that personal reflection, begin to explore the world around them, and make connections between the academic subjects learned in school and the relationship school work has to the work world. Students begin charting their academic/career plan and choose a high school program of study that matches their future aspirations. Students continue to use their decision-making skills to manage their academic and career plans, concentrate on developing their academic and technical skills, and begin to explore post-secondary and career-based options.
CCSS’s Life Skills Program of instruction is based on the Maryland College and Career Ready State Standards and is assessed using the CCSS Quarterly Benchmark Assessment. Maryland’s Career Development Framework (MCDF) provides a structured, developmental approach for teaching students about the world of work along with encouraging the development of positive personal characteristics and self efficacy skills needed for making appropriate choices regarding their education and career paths. Students receive instruction in Communication/Decision Making/Interpersonal, Personal Management, Community Access, Career/Vocational, and Recreation/Leisure Skills.
Maryland's Career Development Framework