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Getting Started for the Lead Teacher/Lead Administrator

Lead Teachers and Lead Administrators Share Their Insights into the GFSF/Freshman Transition Program
What Research Says About Embedded Leadership for Professional Development
What is the Freshman Transition/GFSF Initiative?
Using the 10-Year Plan to Increase Academic Achievement
An Overview of the Lead Teacher/Administrator and Whole-School Initiative
The Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program: Why it Works
Students Share Their Experience with GFSF

Step One: Gather Your Resources

An Overview of Your Most Important Resources
The 10-Step Plan for Implementing a Freshman Transition/GFSF Program that Gets Results
How to Use the Online 10-Step Plan for Implementing Your Program Efficiently and Effectively
The One-Hour Presentation: Getting Whole-School Buy-In is the First Important Step
One-Hour Buy-In Presentation for Your Whole School
A Walk Through the Lead Teacher Manual
Developing Your School's Individualized Professional Development Plan
Introducing the Professional Development Premium Bundle from Academic Innovations
How to Create a Customized Professional Development Plan for your School
The Textbooks, Workbooks, Manuals, and Curriculum Websites that Make Up Your Course Material
The Teachers’ Lounge
The Freshman Transition Standards from George Washington University’s Freshman
Transition Initiative
Funding Your GFSF Program through Increases in ADA

Step Two: Create a Vision

Developing Your Implementation Model and Program Methodology
Why a 10-year Plan?
Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm
The Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program: An overview
Five Required Ingredients for Creating a Successful Program
The Secrets of Success WB
The Performance Pledge MB
Setting Up Your Course for Success
Tips from Teachers: When did your students have an "a-ha moment" with the Career Choices series curriculum?
Tips from Teachers: What is your favorite part about teaching a class with the Career Choices series curriculum?
The Whole-School Option: Implementing the Freshman Content in All Grades During the First Year
Dual Enrollment as an Option
Dual Enrollment for the Freshman Course (DEFT)
The Freshman Transition Dual Enrollment (DEFT) Students—Three Years Later
One College's Experience with Dual Enrollment and the Freshman Course
Tips from Teachers: Using the Career Choices series curriculum for dual enrollment
Tips from Teachers: The importance of the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Modules
Tips for Experiencing Success with Your Career Choices & Changes ONLINE Program

Step Three: Form Your Team of Champions to Help Finalize Your Plan and Buy-In Strategies

Step Four: Generate School and Community Buy-In for the New Course and 10-Year Plan

Step Four: Community Buy-In: Overview of Step Four of the Online 10-Step Plan
Tips for Getting Buy-in from All Stakeholders
TIPS from Teachers: How to get buy-in from all staff members
TIPS from Teachers: Working with Parents
GFSF: An Opportunity for Producing a High School/College Collaboration
One District's TV News Spot

Videos to Share to Get Buy-In from All Stakeholders
Why is GFSF Important for Our Students?
One Superintendent's Perspective on the Importance of GFSF
Success 101 Video Documentary
From Clueless to Focused—Silverado Documentary
What Students Say About the GFSF Experience
Tips from Teachers: When did your students have an "a-ha moment" with the Career Choices series curriculum?
Tips from Teachers: What is your favorite part about teaching a class with the Career Choices series curriculum?

Step Five: Plan Your Freshman Course Structure Using My10yearPlan.com® & the Career Choices Series

Step Five: Freshman Course Planning: An Overview of Step Five of the Online 10-Step Plan

Career Choices Series: What It Is and How to Teach It
An Overview of the Career Choices Series
A Quick Demo of Career Choices and Changes Online
Career Choices: Why it Works
The Instructor's Manual for Career Choices (and Changes):
The Instructor's Guide: Section Four
Career Choices: Section One - Who Am I?
Career Choices: Section Two - What Do I Want?
Career Choices: Section Three - How Do I Get It?
Customizing Lesson Plans and Pacing Guides
Distance Learning Made Easy with Career Choices
How to Integrate Academics and Technology into Your Course
The Take-Home Final Exam
Possibilities: Integrating Career Exploration into the English Classroom
Integrating Math into Your Career Choices Course: Lifestyle Math Overview
Strategies for Integrating Lifestyle Math into Your Career Choices Course
Strategies for Incorporating an Online Career Exploration Tool
Does Career Choices Work in a Special Education Classroom?

Distance Learning Strategies for Career Choices series
Distance Learning with the Career Choices Series
Distance Learning Tips from Author Mindy Bingham
Distance learning observations from Master Teacher Amy Gil

My10yearPlan.com®: What Is It and How Does It Work?
The 10-Year Plan: An Overview
My10yearPlan.com® Interactive
The Importance of a 10-Year Plan by GFSF Co-Founder Diane Hollems
A Walk Through My10yearPlan.com®
An Example of How the Textbook and My10yearPlan.com® Work Together
An Overview of My10yearPlan.com® Interactive
The 10-Year Plan Summary Page: What It Is and How to Use It
The School Site Executive: An Overview
TIPS for Selecting Your School Site Executive
Getting Started for the School Site Executive

Online Training Videos for All on Campus
How to Access Students' 10-Year Plan Summary Pages
My10yearPlan.com® Mobile App

Online Training Videos for the School Site Executive/Lead Teacher
How to Add Students to My10yearPlan.com®
How to Grade Students on My10yearPlan.com®
How to Manage Licenses on My10yearPlan.com®
How to Add Teacher Accounts to My10yearPlan.com®
How to Import Student Account Information to My10yearPlan.com®
How to View Student Accounts from the School Site Executive Perspective on My10yearPlan.com®
How to View Your Student List from a Career Choices Instructor's Perspective on My10yearPlan.com®

Online Training Videos for the Career Choices Instructor
How to Grade the Online My10yearPlan.com® Summary Page
How to Report a Problem on My10yearPlan.com® as a Student

Best Practices Highlights: Developing a Course that Gets Results
What it takes to be a Career Choices Medal School

Course Content
Scope & Sequence
My10yearPlan.com®
Instructor Resources

Step Six: Recruit Your Most Experienced Instructors

One Superintendent's Experience with GFSF
An example of an enthusiastic instructor

Step Seven: Professional Development and Course Planning Time

The Quick Start Study Guides: How to Use Them
The Quick Start Study Guide for Career Choices and Career Choices and Changes
The Quick Start Study Guide for the GFSF Follow-Up Modules
Introducing the Professional Development Premium Bundle from Academic Innovations
How to Create a Customized Professional Development Plan for your School
Customizing Lesson Plans and Pacing Guides using EXCEL
One Teacher’s Tip for Organizing Your Workbook
Tips from Teachers: What to do on day 1 of teaching a Career Choices series course
Tips and Ideas to Create an Involved Learner
Cooperative Learning and Team Building
Strategies for Active Learning
How One Teacher Introduces Her Career Choices Course
How to Develop a Career Portfolio Notebook
TIPS from the Field: Our Master Teachers Panel
Plan to Attend a Site Visit Workshop at a GFSF School
Tips for Experiencing Success with Your Career Choices & Changes ONLINE Program

Webinars: Distance Learning Strategies
Tips for Implementing Your Coursework Remotely by Author Mindy Bingham
Mentor Teacher Carol Keiser Shares Tips for Working Remotely with Your Students
Mentor Teacher, Amy Gil: Distance Learning Strategies for your Career Choices Classroom
GFSF Co-Founder Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer Shares How She Teaches Her Course Remotely
GFSF Co-founder Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer: Suggestions for Adapting Your Pacing Guide for Distance Learning
Tips for Experiencing Success with Your Career Choices & Changes ONLINE Program

TIPS from Master Teachers
Some of these video tutorials are also found on other Steps that closely relate to the topic

Tips from Teachers: When did your students have an "a-ha moment" with the Career Choices series curriculum?
Tips from Teachers: What is your favorite part about teaching a class with the Career Choices series curriculum?
Tips from Teachers: Using the Career Choices series curriculum for dual enrollment
Tips from Teachers: Overcoming challenges for new teachers of the Career Choices series curriculum
Tips from Teachers: Learning to help reluctant students
Tips from Teachers: How to get buy-in from all staff members

Step Eight: Make Your Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program a School-Wide Initiative

Step Eight: What is the School-Wide Initiative?
The Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program: An overview
The GFSF Follow-Up Modules Overview
Implementation TIPS from the field for the GFSF follow up Modules
One School’s Strategy for Implementation of the Follow-Up Modules
The GFSF Follow up Module Overview
The Quick Start Study Guide for the Follow-Up Modules
GFSF Follow-Up Module 1
GFSF Follow-Up Module 2
GFSF Follow-Up Module 3
What is a Skills-Based Education Plan?
The Skills-based Education Plan
The Skills-based Education Plan: Why is it important?
The Skills-Based Education Plan: How Does It Work?
ACTIVITY: Practice creating a Skills-based Education Plan
Teacher TIPS: The importance of the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Modules
Strategies for Getting Buy-In for Your Whole-School Initiative
Leadership Roles for the Counseling Team
The Six Steps to Success for Your "Every Teacher an Advisor" Program
What if a Student Doesn’t Have an Online 10-Year Plan and They are Now in the GFSF Module Coursework?

Step Nine: Share All Students' 10-Year Plans for Counseling, Advisory, and Academic Coaching

Guidance Strategies using My10yearPlan.com®
Why You Want Every Instructor to Have Access to My10yearPlan.com®
Examples of Academic Coaching
What is Academic Coaching? Video
What is Academic Coaching? Webinar
A Live-Action Example of an Academic Coaching Session
Academic Coaching Techniques - Video
Tips for Using My10yearPlan.com® by Classroom Instructors for Personalization - Video
How to Get Buy-In for Your "Every Teacher an Advisor" Program
How to Access Students' 10-Year Plan Summary Pages - Hands on computer directions
Using the 10yearPlan data to personalize your classroom work with each student - Webinar
Done-in-a-Day Computer Lab Workshop: A Strategy to Ensure All Instructors Know How to Access 10-Year Plan Summary Pages

Step Ten: Evaluate, Invigorate, and Celebrate

Career Choices Lead Teacher Training: Program Assessment & Evaluation
Career Choices Lead Teacher Training: The Pre- & Post-Survey
Student and Program Assessment Strategies: An Overview

Program Assessment and Evaluation

Proven Program Results
One School's Experience: Their Data
What Data Should You Assess?
One School's Experience in Increasing Graduation Rates
Course Assessment: Using the Pre- and Post-Surveys

Student Assessment
The Take-Home Final Exam
The Final Exam: My10yearPlan.com® Summary Page
Midterm and Final Exam Options Using My10yearPlan.com®
Former Students Reflect on Their Career Choices Experience at Their 10-Year Reunion

Meet the Authors

Social Entrepreneurs - Diane Hollems
Social Entrepreneurs - Lauren Wintermeyer
Social Entrepreneurs - Mindy Bingham
Mindy Bingham: Why the Career Choices Curriculum was Developed
What is GFSF? - Interview with Diane and Mindy

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