Teachers have the ability to make a school year special and unique in the life of a student. This choice presents a powerful opportunity to become a positive force. With this in mind, teaching is a huge responsibility not to be taken lightly.
- The employment teacher must provide positive affirmation, feedback and encouragement for the students in the class and throughout the school. You dictate the atmosphere of the classroom.
- Represent the school district within the business community as a professional and supporting partner. Dress like a business professional - it determines your image in the classroom and in the store fronts.
- Coordinate and approve employment sites.
- Provide to employers a selection of qualified, in-demand employment candidates from your school. Employers will be more open to your suggested students if the teacher provides a collection of students available for positions. The teacher can place and employ students with a working relationship with area employers.
- Career Preparation - Regular Education Class - Prepare an approvable training plan as unique to each student and work site. Help the student create and document specific objectives based upon the TEKS and employment site. The Training Plan should be on file with each person in agreement with the document: student, parent, employment training sponsor and Career Education teacher.
- Work Experience Class - Modified Special Education Class - Assist student with Special Education Transition Plan and accomplishment of specific assigned VAC Employment Goals. The VAC Employment goal should be updated and shared with the parent / student each grade period.
- Maintain a close working relationship with the business manager with the intention to complete student employment objectives. Visit with employer and talk opening about student progress / areas of improvement.
- Assist students to find replacement employment if an individual becomes fired, terminated or seasonally employed. Unemploymet occurs regardless of age, location in the country or industry. The teaching experience should include an understanding of why an employment change occured, overcoming hardships and getting back into the job market.
- Assist the student to provide and foster a positive working relationship with the employer.
- Work directly with community leaders and business managers to network employment opportunities for students. Coordinate with the employers the interpretation of the course, its' objectives and student expectations.
- Obtain and relate specific occupational and employment materials / resources used to provide unique educational experiences, such as local college information, career exploration materials and skill-based educational information.
- Instructor will provide classroom instruction, both general and occupationally in nature, in conjunction with adopted TEKS, student's employment site and work-based learning experiences. The range of instruction can vary between students.
- Document training site visits -- Teachers assigned students in a work-based learning program must visit employment sites at least once per six weeks. Additional site visits may be scheduled based upon student work performance or training site circumstances.
- Instructor will document student performance during workplace visits - coordinated with training site sponsor.
- Within the scope of the practicum course, assist each student with an individual career portfolio. The classroom provides a good venue to collect work samples and work personally with each student.
- Maintain student employment records, district reports and historical documentation.
- Share employment / post-secondary opportunities with teachers, counselors and administrators. These individuals can be a good source of information as well as a link to students of employment need.
- Serve as an advisor for teachers and administrators in areas of educational practices, employment best-practices and legal issues.
- Attend professional development training and conferences to remain current in legal issues and instructional resources.