School Career Counselors and Specialists

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

  Brief Biography >

Here are a few resources that I have come across recently or experienced through NCDA:

  1. - Connects students to career role models
  2. School Counselors for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support - provides a webinar series about how to provide comprehensive supports in a virtual learning environment.
  3. Virginia Career -  I always like to share this site from Virginia with those in K-12 because you can find a wealth of resources for career lessons across grades and offer it to students and parents. All activities are free to download and use.
  4. K-12 Virtual Learning Resource Chart - shared during the NCDA K-12 SCCS Lunchroom Chat, June 18, 2020.
  5. NCDA's resources on Social Justice and the NCDA COVID-19 Resource page.


Click on any title below to view the linked website, PDF or video resource.


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.”

Using Career Development to Transform a School’s Culture

Webinar Presented by: Dr. Cal Crow
January 18, 2017

Viewers of the webinar are invited to leave Comments in the Discussion Forum (click here) to continue the dialog. (Members of the SCCS Constituency group will be monitoring and responding to all Comments.)