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Frequently Asked Questions


Why it's needed
Most of my students are headed for college. Why do they need career guidance?
How is a comprehensive guidance course different than a career exploration course?
Our school uses a software-based (or online) tool for helping students choose a career. Isn't that enough?
What about Data?
What is a Career Choices Master Teacher and why would I want to be one?

Academic Integration
I teach English. Why should I get involved with career and life planning?
What is Possibilities? How can it be incorporated into my Career Choices curriculum?
Does this replace the current English curriculum?
Can Possibilities be taught as a stand-alone component?
How can an English teacher and a home economics teacher, business teacher, or guidance counselor work together?
We haven't received our books yet and I have to start teaching tomorrow. What can I do?
Can this be used as a summer program?
How can I find the standards correlations?
How can I find a workshop or training?

How it's used
Why was the Career Choices series designed in a way that requires the student to use both a textbook/workbook and the online My10yearPlan.com?
How long does it take to complete the curriculum?
Can we skip around and just use certain parts of the curriculum?
What if we want to complete half in one grade and half in the next?
Can we photocopy the Workbook and Portfolio (or any other book)?
Why do we need a lead teacher?
Does every teacher need an Instructor's Guide or can they share?
What should we name the course?

Student population concerns
What if the students I work with are still struggling with basic skills?
Is it really possible to get the average 14-year-old to write a comprehensive 10-year plan for their future?
What is the reading level of the texts?
My students have low reading levels (two to three grades below). Can the curriculum work for them as well?
Will Career Choices work with my special population?
How can we implement Career Choices in our Tech Prep program?

Why it's needed
Most of my students are headed for college. Why do they need career guidance?
Why a 10-year plan? Isn't a four-or-five year plan enough? Our school has each student complete a four-year graduation plan.
How is a comprehensive guidance course different than a career exploration course?
Our school uses a software-based (or online) tool for helping students choose a career. Isn't that enough?

Pricing and set up
How much does it cost to use My10YearPlan.com?
What is a seat license and how does it work?
Who is responsible for creating student and teacher My10yearPlan.com accounts?
What personal student information is required to set up their accounts?
Who has access to a student's username and password?
Do parents or legal guardians need to give their consent in order for their kids to use My10yearPlan.com?
A lot of our students change school from year to year or even mid-year. What happens to their data when they leave?
How much added work per week will My10yearPlan.com require of our teachers and the person we choose to be our School Site Executive?
My10yearPlan.com stores a lot of very important information for students. Does Academic Innovations have a back-up plan for making sure this data isn't lost?

How it works
Isn't it time consuming to have students complete a workbook and then re-enter everything at My10yearPlan.com?
Can we skip the Workbook and Portfolio and just use My10yearPlan.com?
Is My10yearPlan.com a mandatory part of the Career Choices curriculum?
Beyond the 10-year plan, what kinds of documents can students upload and store on My10yearPlan.com?
Does My10yearPlan.com have any data-reporting functions?
What is an SSE? Can I do it myself?
What is the difference between My10yearPlan.com Advisory and Interactive?

Generating buy-in
How do we convince parents of the need for this type of course for their teenagers when faced with the all-too-common refrain, "My child doesn't need this. They're going to college!"
We'd like parents more involved with their students' planning. What can we do?
How can I convince our administration and school board of the need for My10yearPlan.com?

Using The Teachers' Lounge
How do I know if I am teaching this right? Are there any assessments? What is the Medal Program?
Where can I find a lesson plan or a syllabus?
Why can't I post on the user group? How can I join the online user group?
Why should I fill out your survey?

Using My10YearPlan.com
What do I do if I forgot my username/password for My10yearPlan.com?
How long can my students access their 10-year plan?
I don't remember how to set up teachers in My10yearPlan.com.

Follow-up Modules
What happens to a student who did not take the freshman course and does not have an online 10-year plan but now finds his or herself in a class that is using one of the GFSF modules/student workbooks?
How can new students gain access to the online 10-year Plan?
Can the GFSF modules be used without the online activities integrated into My10yearPlan.com?
 
   
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