Career Connections offer practical ways for teachers, school counselors, families and community members to show students, as early as kindergarten, the types of careers possible for them. Career Connections are designed to support the whole child through intentional career advising practices. During this one-day event, presentations on career advising in middle school, leveraging business advisory councils, building financial literacy and entrepreneurial mindset, and the development of high quality work-based learning in your school will be provided. You will leave with innovative ideas and resources for kicking off the school year!
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Wednesday, July 27 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
The 6C Curriculum Pathways Project

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The 6C Curriculum Pathway Project: Cooperative Sustainable Partnerships - Child Development
Associate (CDA) Credential Education - Clinical Hours - Certification in Family Childcare -
Career Development - College Readiness

The goal of the project is to develop strong partnerships and an evidence-based strategy and best
practice Child Development Associate (CDA) curriculum that encompass the “6C’s.” The
curriculum will have a variety of career pathway outcomes based on the diversity of students and
include a ten-week pilot project to include 30 hours of the professional development module of
the curriculum. The career entry pathways will include the following:
1. Traditional students currently in an early care education program to obtain the CDA,
providing professional seminar instruction. Professional seminar instruction will include
30 education hours in professionalism covering becoming family childcare certified,
running a business, career development and preparing for postsecondary education.
2. Non-traditional students not currently enrolled in a high school program that are
interested in obtaining a CDA national credential.
3. Non-traditional students interested in obtaining a CDA national credential and interested
in family childcare certification seeking to run their own early care education business.
4. Traditional or non-traditional students who need to obtain the educational hours and
clinical hours to obtain the CDA national credential.
5. Non-traditional students who want to obtain a national credential in early care education
and who want to have a career that may or may not include postsecondary education.
6. Traditional and non-traditional students interested in pursuing a two- or four-year degree.
in early care education, seeking to apply a CDA credential as a college credit option
towards a teaching license.
The collaborative partnerships will include entities actively involved in the project, attending
monthly meetings, evaluating the curriculum development, assisting with access to data and
evaluating final products.

We would like to share about this project as we enter into the 6 month of implementation. This project is funded by the Ohio Deans Compact grant.

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Dr. Julie Francis

Ohio University
Dr. Julie Francis is the director of the Stevens Literacy Center in the Patton College of Education. Dr. Francis is a 2006 alumna of OHIO's doctoral program in Reading Education. She joined the Stevens Literacy Center in 2017 after working in the field of literacy education for over... Read More →
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Markell Mettler

Ohio University
Kelly Mettler is a PhD student at Ohio University in the Teacher Education Program. Her specialization is in curriculum and instruction. Kelly believes that early childhood education is especially important and that all people who care for young children are in fact educators. She... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Regent 2 Room