2.  Naviance's College and Career Readiness Program connects Learning with LIFE!


A lot of students today have questions about their future, and they don't see a link between what they are doing in the classroom and what they hope to do in the future. Naviance College and Career Readiness Platform connects Learning and Life.  It puts each student on a personalized path to future success by helping them discover their individual strengths and talents and to explore career options based on their results.  Then, it gives the students tools to search for college programs, based on their interests, determining which courses they need to take to reach their goals and identify areas for improvement.
Once students are ready, Naviance makes it easy for them to apply to colleges, look for scholarships and track their admission status.
 
In short, Naviance offers students a better understanding of what they want to be, and the tools to plan how to get there.  This program is intended to engage and support the student in applying an effective decision-making process for choosing a career, a major,  a college and even which courses they should take at Walton.  As parents, we can play a big support role in guiding our student through this process.  The more the parent understands the resources and program design, the more likely the parent is able to be a helpful partner by encouraging their student to spend the time and thoughtful effort to discover and understand their talents and interests and connect these talents and interests to rewarding career options. By researching the career options more deeply, the student defines potential career goals and develops an academic strategy for achieving these goals.
 
Students can take three assessments through the Family Connection Platform.  Today, we will discuss the Career Interest Profiler, a 108 question assessment based on the  Holland Interest Codes which measures six traits: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. It is a system to classify jobs into job categories, interest clusters or work personality environments.  Family Connection uses the results of the assessment and suggests 20-40 top careers that fit the test taker's interests. From there, the student can explore the suggested career with general information, videos, tasks and aptitudes required, and even research salary information broken down by state.  Students can only take this assessment once through Family Connection so encourage them to carve out 20 or 30 minutes so they can take the time to give thoughtful answers and get the best results!  Find the CIP under the Careers Tab in the "What Are My Interests?" section. Questions/comments? Go towhsnaviance@gmail.com.  Be sure to check out Naviance Tips in each edition of the WHS Foundation 411.  Questions/comments? Go to whsnaviance@gmail.com.  Be sure to check out Naviance Tips in each edition of the WHS Foundation 411.  Questions/comments?  Go to whsnaviance@gmail.com. For more tips on connecting Learning with Life, look for this column in the next issue of the WHS Foundation's "411".






Part 7 of a series, “Naviance Tips for Using Family Connections”

Once students have built their lists of colleges they want to consider in the Family Connections COLLEGE tab, they can access institution profiles, maps, and multimedia student experience testimonials.  The COLLEGE tab includes a comprehensive list of web resources about colleges, financial aid, FAFSA, test preparation, college athletics, military options and other key topics in the college admissions process. The College Lookup function allows students to search for and browse in-depth college profiles. Profiles can include multimedia such as video tours, photo slideshows, and student diaries, plus information about application deadlines, financial aid, majors and programs of study, and student life.

The College Match function suggests colleges other students are applying to that match the colleges on a student’s “Colleges I am Considering” list.  College Compare will eventually sho how many WHS students have applied to and been accepted to colleges the student has place on their list of colleges under consideration.  This information hasn’t been compiled yet for WHS but we will begin to build a database from this year’s WHS graduating class.  Walton specific information will also be shown in College Maps which will eventually plot where WHS students were accepted, have attended and the top 20% of colleges that have WHS student alumni.  It also plots Common App schools, Georgia schools, and shows students where colleges are located on a map from MapQuest.  The Scholarship Search feature allows students to search for available scholarships with links to on-line applications and tracking.

Questions or Comments? whsnaviance@gmail.com

6.  College Exploration in Naviance


Part 9 of a series, "Naviance Tips for using Family Connections"


The last "Naviance Tip" addresses the x2vol site where students will now record their volunteer service hours.  Volunteer service hours represent an opportunity for your student to gain valuable experience in the fields that interest them.  Encourage your student to seek out service opportunities that help them evaluate the topic or type of work that they are considering for a career.  If your child thinks they may want to teach, they could tutor ASP kids through the Walton Community Outreach Club or if construction or project management interests them, Habitat for Humanity may 
be a good choice.
It's never too early to start skill-based volunteerism.  If students can use their talents and interests to serve others, they enjoy the experiences, learn a lot and make a valuable contribution to our community.  Plus, these experiences also build their resume. 
There is a field in x2vol that your student can use to record their reflections of their service experience when they are submitting their volunteer hours.  Encourage them to take a minute and thoughtfully enter their impressions, things that happened that might have moved them, skills or competencies they may have learned or practiced, what they enjoyed or did not enjoy.  These reflections could help them refine their self-discovery process and also are great topics for essays for college or scholarship applications!
Questions or Comments? whsnaviance@gmail.com
To see a complete list of Naviance Tips, please click here.                              


1.  HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR NAVIANCE  ACCOUNT:


Have you had a chance to activate your Naviance Parent Account yet?  Do it today and start guiding your student’s exploration of their college and career options! To register, you will need your student’s school id number (lunch account #).  Go to the WHS Naviance Family Connection Portal:  http://connection.naviance.com/waltonhs  or click through from the WHS Website Quick Link tab.  The login page will have a link on the right hand side.  Click:  “I need to Register”.  The site will ask you to enter your registration code.  This code is your student’s school id number with either an a or a b in front of it.  The parent whose name comes first alphabetically has been assigned the a code and the parent whose name comes second was assigned the b code.  For example: Amy and John Smith are parents of a WHS student named Sam.  Sam’s student id code is 123456.  Amy’s name comes before John’s alphabetically so her parent registration code will be a123456 and John’s will be b123456.

After entering the registration code, you will be taken to a screen to set up your User Name and Password.  Your user name will be your email address and you will make up your own password.  From now on, to enter the WHS Family Connection Portal, go to  http://connection.naviance.com/waltonhs  and enter your email address as your user name and your password to log into the site.

For more information on the Family Connection features, click here. Questions/comments? Go to whsnaviance@gmail.com.  Be sure to check out Naviance Tips in each edition of the WHS Foundation 411.


3.  More information regarding Naviance's College and Career Readiness Program connects Learning with LIFE!


In the last edition of the WHS Foundation 411, we discussed the Career Interest Profiler, one of the self-discovery tools within the Naviance Family Connections platform that helps students learn about their strengths and reflect on their interests.  There are two other assessments that students can take in the "About Me" section of Naviance. The Cluster Finder survey tool can be taken repeatedly during a student's career at Walton.  This tool helps your student learn what career clusters may be a good match for them based on activities that appeal to them, their personal qualities and subjects that they enjoy studying in school.  A report is generated when the student completes the assessment that that shows the student's top three career clusters.  The Platform allows the student to explore these categories and add intriguing clusters to a personalized list for more in-depth research.
The Gallop StrengthsExplorer is a 78 question assessment that can only be taken once.  Gallup research has shown that engaging students in what they are interested in and where they excel will lead to the outcomes of better academic performance, higher test scores, and ultimately students' ability to reach their full potential after high school. The StrengthsExplorer assesses 10 talent themes for individuals and identifies each student's three strongest emerging talents, such as Confidence, Dependability, or Future Thinker. It provides explanations of these themes, strategies for capitalizing on each, and action items to help students gain insight into their greatest talents - natural patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior - to leverage in the classroom and in life.  The Strengths Explorer was developed for students from the Gallop StrengthsFinder assessment for adults.
Socrates admonished us to "Know Thyself".  Decades of research has proven that achievement and success strongly correlate with choosing a field that allows us to utilize our strengths.  Naviance puts our students on the path to reach their full potential, starting with these self-discovery tools.  Block out some time to check out these resources with your student soon.  Questions or comments? WHSNaviance@gmail.com.  



9. Service Hours through x2vol in Naviance

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8. Academic Planning in Naviance
   

4.  Career Exploration through Naviance Family Connection 
Part 4 in a series of "Naviance Tips for Parents"


After students take one or more of the interest and ability assessments on the Naviance portal, they can start exploring possible career options through their Family Connection account. Under the Careers Tab, students can choose to either search by a key word, a career cluster or pathway, or by their Holland Code Career Model Code (as determined through the Career Interest Profiler Assessment found under the About Me tab). Resources include videos of professionals in the field of study, detailed job descriptions with typical tasks and common activities, lists of important skills, abilities, and knowledge areas necessary for that career, and wage information by state. 
             
To search careers by cluster or pathways, students can explore credentials necessary for each field, related careers and majors, and a high school plan of study for the pathway. Students can take the Cluster Founder assessment in this section to help them focus on the pathways most appealing to them. Remind your student to save their career choices under the tab "My Careers" and their cluster choices under the tab "My Saved Career Clusters and Pathways" for future reference. 
        
Making an informed decision on the career pathway a student wants to pursue has a direct impact on their ultimate success and connects their future goals with their coursework at Walton. Encourage your student to spend some time in the
Naviance Family Connection Career tab soon.



7.  College Exploration in Naviance

Naviance Tips:

Part 6 of a series, “Naviance Tips for using Family Connections”

Family Connections offers an enormous amount of information on Colleges with several ways to search and screen schools.  From the COLLEGE tab, students can begin their exploration by searching on colleges they think they want to consider.  Individual college pages include videos, information on application types and deadlines, admissions info, financial aid, majors and departments and even residence halls and dining services.  From this page, your student can link through to the colleges’ website to start an on-line application, request more information or schedule a tour of the campus.  If the student wants to continue exploring this school, they can add it to their list of “Colleges I am Considering” for easy access to their research.

Another way to explore possible colleges is to use the SUPERMATCH Search.  Students can use over 20 search criteria to find the schools that are the best match for them.  They can set up the search preferences, weighting how important the criteria is to them.  There is also a comparison function in this feature that allows the student to compare colleges that they are considering, based on their individual priorites.  A “Save” feature allows the student to save their search so they can refine it later. The Advanced College Search is another screening tool that can be used to identify good candidate school for further exploration.

Next week, Naviance Tips will cover the Family Connection tools available to research and evaluate colleges on the student’s “Colleges I am Considering” list.

Part 8 of a series, “Naviance Tips for using Family Connections”

This week we will look at the Academic Planning features under the COURSES tab where students review the course descriptions of all the courses offered at Walton. Open the WHS Academic Catalog to get started.  Courses that appeal to them can be saved on their “Interesting Courses List” for further exploration. The students will work with their counselor to develop a master plan of coursework that will assure success in the major and career they have selected to pursue.  Once a student has completed their master schedule, they can scan this plan in the College Power Score section. This score indicates how well the coursework on the student’s master plan meets the rigor requirements of Highly Selective Colleges.  This score serves as a guide to selecting courses at Walton that correlate with the student’s career aspirations.

Students can set goals, make up to-do lists, and view tasks assigned to them by their counselors in the MY PLANNER sections. And, in the ABOUT ME tab, students can review the lists of possible careers and colleges they are considering, keep a journal, start developing a portfolio and create a resume using a great resume building tool. This tab also holds their student profile, account info, and their test scores for PSAT, SAT, ACT, SATII, AP and many other assessments that are reported to the school.   From keeping up with their weekly assignments to planning for college applications and job opportunities, students can use this feature to organize their life!

5.  Naviance and ROADTRIP NATION
Part 5 in the Series “Parent Tips for Naviance Family Connection”


A final tool in the Careers TAB is ROADTRIP NATION.  In 2001, a group of friends took a road trip with a simple idea: If you talk to people who do what they love, you will get a better understanding of how to build a life that you love.  This adventure sparked a documentary series that has been airing on Public TV for over 11 years. 

The ROADTRIP NATION Interview Archive in Naviance contains over 3500 student-centered videos of interviews with local, national and international leaders. These videos show leaders  candidly discussing hardships and successes to illustrate how they have created a meaningful life on their own terms.  Interviewees range from CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies to filmmakers, scientist, sportswriters, non-profits, entrepreneurs…and everything in between.  Students can see how successful people made decisions and overcame challenges and use this to prepare for their own lives. Interviews are grouped by interests and themes and can also be found by searching under specific careers.

So, make some time soon to watch a few episodes with your student and discuss how they can apply the lessons learned by others to focus their own career exploration on Naviance.