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Middle School Curriculum

Building a Bridge to Your Future

Developing the Skills and Motivation Necessary to Succeed in High School, College, and the Workforce

Career Exploration Infused with Social and Emotional Skill-Building

Dr. Karen Miles introduces the course.
Learn more about the 24 videos available to enhance the student experience.

Building a Bridge to Your Future was designed to bridge the transition from middle school to high school so students enter with the skills, attitudes, and emotional resiliency that will propel them to graduate and matriculate to post-secondary education or training and then successfully enter the workforce. When you adopt this curriculum, you will do three important things:

  1. Prepare students to engage in a rigorous career exploration, decision-making, and planning process in high school.
  2. Raise the self-efficacy of students so they believe that they can be successful in high school and beyond.
  3. Introduce students to the 10-year Plan process and get them enthused about becoming long-range planners as they enter high school.

This course will be of particular interest to high schools and districts that have adopted the award-winning Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program.

Building a Bridge to Your Future - Student Workbook Cover

Student Workbook

Table of Contents

From the Creator of the
Career Choices Series

Co-authored by best-selling Career Choices author Mindy Bingham (over 2.5 million copies in print) and Dr. Karen Miles, Executive Director of Get Focused…Stay Focused!


Career Exploration


Social & Emotional Learning


Student Success

As the early adolescent begins to understand the importance of having a long-range plan, they will come to appreciate that a meaningful and carefully-researched career and education path puts them in control of their future lives.

The variety of career exploration activities introduce students to sophisticated concepts such as:
  • Research techniques using the free, open-source U.S. Department of Labor websites so, no matter where they are in their career trajectory, help is always readily available.
  • Employability skills and traits so once they get a job, they keep it; these skills are applicable not only to success in the workforce but also throughout their educational journey.

24 video mini-lectures, available on The Teachers’ Lounge, help the teacher explain the concepts and build enthusiasm for the topics throughout the course. Take a look.

One of the 24 videos available to enhance instruction
The list of video options:
  • What Will Your Life Look Like in 10 Years' Time?
  • My Lifestyle Choices
  • Making a Career Choice
  • Why Do I Need a 10 Year Plan?
  • Challenges and Emotional Rewards
  • Our Brains: How They Change and Our Abilities Grow
  • Brainpower vs Growth Mindset
  • The Real You
  • Vision + Energy = Success
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Turning Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones
  • Turning Your Behaviors in a Positive Direction
  • Career Research: Your Most Important Research Project
  • A Positive or Negative Outlook?
  • Staying Motivated for a Long-Term Cherished Goal
  • What Are You Passionate About?
  • Your Attitude: A Key Factor to Overcoming Obstacles
  • Using Higher-Order Thinking Skills to Get What You Want
  • Career Research: Matching Skills and Traits
  • Employability Skills You Have
  • Self-Directed Learners: A Highly Prized Skill in Today's Workplace
  • The Virtual Job Shadow
  • Getting Ready for High School
  • Checkpoint: What Are My Next Steps?

Too many middle school students believe that they will not be successful in high school. This curriculum was designed to address those fears by helping students understand more about their attitudes, self-concept, self-motivation, and self-management. Woven throughout this career exploration course are important activities for social and emotional development. Because they are learned in the context of planning for their future, these concepts have more meaning, and students are more likely to embrace and practice what is learned.

For instance, the course material helps students:

  • Develop the skills of a self-directed learner
  • Understand the traits and skills of a resilient personality
  • Practice strategies for creating a growth mindset
  • Discover what motivates them so they stay focused on their education over the long term.
  • Study 21st century learning mediums that will help them take advantage of the new ways of mastering topics of their choosing.

Two more mini-lectures to support teacher presentations:

This coursework provide students time to reflect and grow — increasing their self-efficacy as successful students — and gives the teacher an opportunity to validate their improved readiness to engage in career exploration and decision-making.

Understanding how they think about learning and life gives young people important insights into their next steps as they transition to high school. They’ll see how what they learn in this course can help them be successful in their future academic life and work life.

There are a variety of ways to integrate this important material into your school.

A comprehensive instructor’s guide provides detailed activity-by-activity presentation ideas, sample lesson and pacing guides, and planning and implementation strategies.

Online Professional Development available 24/7

We’ve made it efficient and easy to implement this curriculum. From our online Quick Start Study Guide—an eCourse of instructional videos designed for self- directed learners—to the online Getting Started webinar series, instructors will have the background and confidence to deliver a life-changing course.

Order a review set by calling (800) 967-8016 or submit a request online.

Along with your workbook, you’ll receive a copy of the comprehensive Instructor's Guide for the Middle School Course Building a Bridge to Your Future.

For more details, call us at (800) 967-8016.

Instructor's Guide for the Middle School Course

Instructor's Guide

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