Across California, Local Education Agencies (“LEA”) are updating their Local Control Accountability Plans (“LCAP”), documenting how they will allocate dollars to further their Local Control Funding Formula (“LCFF”) goals.
Often overlooked in the LCAP is the need for college prep and career awareness activities in middle school.
There are many reasons why the middle school is the perfect place to focus resources aimed at college prep and career awareness. Here are the top 3:
- Involving middle school students in experiences that help them focus on the future, develop college knowledge, and map pathways for attaining their goals improves their school performance.
- Middle school students who participate in career education before high school are better able to make effective career decisions.
- Social and emotional learning on the middle school level improves students’ attitudes about themselves and others, strengthens their connections to school, and increases their resiliency and academic achievement.
To help LEAs understand the importance of college prep and career awareness in middle school, and how to include college prep / career awareness in their LCAPs, Career & College Clubs created the LCFF and LCAP Middle Grades Guide.
Please contact us for more information or assistance with preparing your LCAP.