College Night 2017 Presentation : Will My Student Have A Job After College? On October 19th 2017, Ms. Linal Harada participated in El Segundo High School's annual College Night. Ms. Harada's presentation "Will my student have a job after college?" focused on the importance of technical skills along with education, the changing job market, and the steps to insure that our students are prepared for the future. Mrs. Miller included findings from Kevin Fleming, author of Redefining the Goals, and creator of the video 4 Skills and 4 Steps.
Teacher Externship to Karl Storz Endoskope, El Segundo
In November 2015, as part of a District emphasis on Career Pathways, Linal Harada facilitated the first of several teacher externships for the school year. Teachers K-12 from El Segundo Unified spent a day at Karl Storz Endoscopy America in El Segundo. KARL STORZ – the leading endoscope manufacturer - offers systems for human and veterinary medicine as well as for industrial applications. Endoscopes, instruments, devices, and camera systems from KARL STORZ have stood for tradition, advanced technology, and quality for more than 70 years.
Teachers interested in enhancing existing bio-med and business pathways collaborated with workplace professionals to find out how to tailor classroom instruction to create awareness of industry needs, as well as to refine the skills most needed in the future global workforce. The day included the following: Overview of Company; Tour of Integrated Operating Room; C-MAC Intubation Scopes; Challenges Presented by New Hires; Creativity at KARL STORZ; and How to Succeed at KARL STORZ. Various department heads presented with a recurring theme regarding the need for soft skill development.
Soft Skills Acquisition: How parents can help
Linal Harada presented to the El Segundo High School PTA in November 2015. The topic of the presentation was Soft Skills for College, Career, and LIFE! Download the file below to view slide show.
In October of 2015, Linal Harada facilitated a professional development in-service with El Segundo High School faculty entitled, College & Career Readiness. As part of the WASC Action Research process, teachers used Close Reading strategies on articles that addressed College and Career Readiness, as defined by various states across the U.S. Teachers then collaborated to put together preliminary definitions, by department, to be used in measuring progress in addressing the need to improve College and Career Readiness school wide.
The day also included guest speakers and a panel of professionals that highlighted aspects of what it means to be college and career ready, including the need for soft skills development. See agenda and presentation slides below.
Linal Harada spoke to four packed sessions with students and parents at the 2015 College Night at El Segundo High School. The session entitled, Internships: The Competitive Edge included the following topics: goals past simply college admission, career paths, the need for career exploration, resume writing, interview skills, the benefits of high school internships, as well as the need for acquiring soft skills for success in college and career. See below for presentation slides and highlights.
On March 4, 2016, Linal Harada and Marisa janicek, Director of Educational Services, took a group of ESUSD teachers to Palisades Media Group, an advertising agency in Santa Monica. Teachers collaborated with industry professionals to plan more effective classroom lessons to meet the demands of careers in business and advertising. Many thanks to the Laura Bracken, Pam McCarthy, and Kathy Perea from Palisades for putting the agenda together. Welcome & Introduction - Overview of Advertising Industry/Advertising Agencies -
How the advertising industry is structured
History and evolution of advertising agencies
Palisades Media Group Who we are and what we do
Different Departments & Required Skill Sets
Tour of the agency What makes a good employee in our industry
Hard and Soft Skills
Your Network (who you know)
What is missing in the candidates we see
Social Awareness – Business environment vs home and school
Practical/Applicable Math Skills
Outward vs Inward Focus
Basic Business Writing Skills – letters, emails, business memos…
Beneficial Student Assignments
Presenting in front of a group
Development of a resume, cover letter, thank you letter and career developmental plan
Crafting your own brand – the :60 second elevator pitch
Understanding social media and its impact on your future career
The concept of business formality – dress codes, appropriate language, the firm handshake
Debrief and Reflection
Discuss Soft Skill Check-off Sheet
California Department of Education State Conference "Educating for Careers" 2016
At the CDE's Annual State Conference in Sacramento on March 8, 2016, Linal Harada presented "What does College and Career Readiness Really Mean in 2016?" Teachers, counselors, and administrators came from all parts of the state of California to learn how to define and understand College and Career Readiness -- a term used widely today. Most people, when asked, have difficulty understanding and articulating how college readiness and career readiness are linked. Students can longer be divided into two camps: college OR career. Today's students are our future workforce and need support in developing academic excellence along with hard and soft skills needed to be successful in a career. Although College and Career Readiness can often be difficult to teach and measure, Harada shared her ideas, strategies, and resources on how parents, educators, and communities can work together to produce truly productive 21st Century citizens who are college AND career ready!