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Career and College Club By Alex Carmona and Albert Estrada
FEATURES Career and College Club
hen Kevin Linell came to our school to make his Career and College Clubs pitch, he seemed no different than most educational consultants who visit. He did catch our attention, though, because he did two things that were really out of the ordinary. First, he said that his program offered money. You don’t dangle money in front of cash-strapped educators without seeing them salivate and pretend to be enthralled, even if they have become jaded by the promises of the next great educational program. Second, he said that his program entailed students, not the adults, teaching the entire curriculum. The idea of kids taking over all of the teaching just seemed too farfetched, but we signed on. So, in the 2008-09 school year, we started the Career and College Club at William Mulholland Middle School. That first year was very challenging. Students who passed the interview process didn’t necessarily make good “teachers.” And as adults, we had a hard time letting go of our need to teach and constantly interrupted students during their presentations. In our second year, we came up with three ideas: 1) We did extemporaneous interviews in front of a large audience and immediately identified students who had the “it” factor – the ability to articulate their ideas clearly to engage their audience. 2) We taught effective presentation skills to the students. 3) We made a commitment to not interrupt anymore. The results were amazing. Last year, our club members used mnemonic devices to teach our eighth-grade class A-G requirements. Surveys showed that 87 percent of students learned at least five out of the seven requirements. Since then, our club has organized assemblies on bullying, attendance and organizational skills. All members are trained on peer mediation and are called upon by staff to intervene in the many social conflicts to be expected on a middle school campus. During two recent hot-dog sales, our students made a profit of more than $400. We just supervised; they did all the work. The club also has become a popular activity for students. The first year we had 20 seventh- and eighth-grade students, 42 the next year, and we have 60
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By Alex Carmona and Albert Estrada
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Where to Start? Mulholland Middle School Career and College Club.
All members have been trained on peer mediation and are called upon by staff to intervene on the many social conflicts to be expected on a middle school campus. for the 2010-11 school year. While we’ve always had a college-going culture at Mulholland Middle School, the Career and College Club strengthens it by providing structure and activities that engage students. The more we tap our students’ leadership potential, the more we discover their power to truly accomplish amazing things that lead to higher student learning and achievement. Our success shows: Twelve of our students were accepted last year into Cal State Northridge’s upward bound program out of 14 available slots. This year, we are looking to improve that number. We are now writing grants (from nonprofit organizations such as www. donorschoose.org) to obtain laptop computers for the students to take home
to work on their projects. We have had one grant funded so far for a laptop and expect more to come. The ultimate grant will encompass the acquisition of a quality sound system and a projector so we can to take our presentations to other schools and reach a greater number of students. The Career and College Clubs (www. careerandcollegeclubs.org) program is free (schools with 70 percent FRMP receive grant funds to help implement it). The program spans seventh and eighth grades and is tailored to help middle school students ready themselves for postsecondary options. Students learn from many topics: the difference between a job and a career, college requirements, how to choose and finance a college education and how to identify possible jobs/careers based on abilities and interests. The school sponsors identify natural student leaders and help them teach the units themselves to their peers. Career and College Clubs was developed, managed and funded by ALL Management Corporation, a Los Angelesbased nonprofit organization.
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Alex Carmona is a school counselor and Albert Estrada is a sixth-grade math/science teacher at Mulholland Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District. You can find out more about Career and College Clubs at www.careerandcollegeclubs.org.
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