School Career Counselors and Specialists

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  Celeste HallCeleste J. Hall
  School Career Counselors and Specialists, Trustee

  Brief Biography >

To my K-12 colleagues:

The recent school shooting at Texas brings both grief and anger as we consider the unspeakable losses that the families have experienced and the trauma experienced by the whole community. We are reminded of the risks that are inherent in the work that we do. We do our best to prepare for the worst day while we go into our schools working to provide the best days for our students and their families.

I share with you the following resources for times like these.

School Safety – Family Resources from the National PTA:

Path Home -> Safety -> School Safety

After A School Shooting Resources – American School Counselor Association:

Sandy Hook Promise:

School Safety Resources:

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning:

While the NCDA Code of Ethics does not directly speak to our obligation to advocate for safety in our schools, the responsibility to provide a learning environment that “avoids actions that cause harm and work for the good of the individual and society by promoting mental health and well being” (NCDA Code of Ethics, 2015, Preamble) certainly does. As a constituency group of the National Career Development Association, I believe that it is part of our role to seek ways to support efforts that provide safe and nurturing learning environments for students, parents and all of those who work in schools. I will be seeking your input related to this topic when we meet at the conference in Anaheim in June and welcome your ideas about how our constituency can work within NCDA toward this goal.

The NCDA Code of Ethics also speaks to our responsibility for self-care. I encourage you to engage in activities that bring you a sense of peace and rest as we end another school year. Thank you for your dedication to your schools and communities. I look forward to another year of working and socializing together as we continue to help our students and families learn and grow together.




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Be sure to also look at NCDA's resources on Social Justice and the NCDA COVID-19 Resource page.


Exemplary Teaching Practices

This a report created in collaboration between the University of San Diego and the Cajon Valley School District highlighting best practices for implementing career development in grades K-8. The World of Work program integrates self and career exploration using the vocabulary and content of the RIASEC model to encourage students to “envision their future possible selves”.


Career Readiness: A Business-Led Approach for Supporting K-12 Schools

This US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Youth Employment series document offers a framework for defining, measuring, adopting, and advancing career readiness.

In Our Schools – Outstanding Career Guidance in Middle School

In Our Schools – Outstanding Career Guidance in Middle School, Video: Part 1 (27 minutes)

In our South Carolina schools, educators integrate career awareness and exploration into the curriculum, helping to guide our students into fields where they can be productive, valued members of this 21st century workforce. Forestbrook Middle School in Horry County Schools has created a world-class career exploration program that prepares students for high skill, high wage and big demand careers. In addition, we met the National and State Career Specialist of the Year 2011 to learn about best practices and the role of career and technology education in workforce development. Program coordinated by Dr. Ray Davis and produced by eMedia and SCETV.

Three articles from the Peabody Journal of Education

A past issue of the Peabody Journal of Education examines the important role of career and technical education in helping young people transition from high school to lives as productive citizens in a rapidly changing labor market. These three articles address a range of topics that are critical to CTE, including curriculum, career readiness, work-based learning, teachers and career pathways. 

Stone, J. R., III. (2017). Introduction to Pathways to a Productive Adulthood: The Role of CTE in the American High School.

Castellano, M., Sundell, K. E., & Richardson, G. B. (2017). Achievement Outcomes Among High School Graduates in College and Career Readiness Programs of Study.

Stringfield, S., & Stone, J. R. III. (2017). The Labor Market Imperative for CTE: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century.

Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE

While the principles and action steps in this PDF, at first glance, may not appear to be groundbreaking innovations, it is the shared commitment to implementing this learner-centric, learner-driven vision that has the potential to be transformational. Making this vision a reality requires an unwavering, steadfast commitment from all sectors and stakeholders.

The Legacy Series: Inspired by the Past - Reaching toward the Future

Following ACTE  in Charlotte in 2008, Dr. Ray Davis created a four-part interview with Dr. Gysbers and colleague Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey as they reflected on our profession past, present and future.  This series entitled, “The Legacy Series: Inspired by the Past - Reaching toward the Future.”