BCPS Literacy Field Guide for Educators
A Field Guide for Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction
At its core, Career Literacy involves four key skills: Communication, Technology, Industry Certifications, and Employability. Because careers are constantly evolving, students’ ability to develop these skills for an ever-changing world is imperative to their long-term success as adults. Just as people can make sense of information found in new texts because of their reading skills and abilities, students with Career Literacy will be more able to foresee, understand, and navigate the progressive nature of the career landscape.
Career Literacy derives from, and is inherent to, all subject matter. As such, it aligns seamlessly with the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS), specifically in the areas of Speaking & Listening, Reading Informational Texts, Language, and Writing. Most notably, presentation, research, and collaborations skills apply to all Career and Technical Education courses.
A primary objective is ensuring that Career Literacy skills are rooted in students’ work across all subjects. Embedding these skills will add practical purpose to students’ academic work, and students themselves have overwhelmingly voiced a desire to have coursework explicitly tied to workforce readiness.
Noting this, the Department of Career, Technical, Adult, and Community Education (CTACE) has developed a Career Literacy Curriculum Unit framework that integrates Career Literacy through content areas. Classes in Science, Language Arts, Math, and even Social Studies are able to engage students in Career Literacy skills using, for example, Criminal Justice as a topic. Furthermore, while working on a Solar Engineering Project, students can employ persuasive skills learned in a Language Arts class to convince various audiences to fund, produce, and purchase the product, in addition to understanding the Math, Science, and Engineering aspects of such a product.
Career Literacy skills isn’t relegated to secondary coursework. Rather, Career Literacy begins in elementary schools, continues through middle schools, and culminates in high school coursework. To support Career Literacy, CTACE has created a CTE Support Tool to assist schools in aligning Career Literacy with Florida literacy standards.