Career Ready Connections

September 2020

A message from Career Ready PA

It’s hard to believe we are back at school after an unprecedented time for all of us! Your Career Ready PA regional liaison is here to support you with training and resources. Take time to share your news and photos at #CareerReadyPA on Twitter, or email us at pacareerready@iu1.org so that we can include it in our next newsletter.


  • Resources are available at SAS for Career Readiness here.
  • Join our Career Readiness Learning Community here. (PDE SAS login is required.)
  • Career Ready PA is PDE’s source for guidance and resources.


Be safe as you return to prepare all learners for success now and in the future!

Career Ready PA Region 1 Spotlight

The Northwest Pennsylvania Job Connect and Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit are working together to overcome COVID-19 and bring career ready skills to the students of our region. Here’s where you can benefit – it’s open to anyone with the link!


What’s going to happen?

  • Objective: To synchronously connect students and educators with professionals in the 16 career clusters via engaging activities that align to the CEW Standards.


When’s it going to happen?

  • That’s up to the professional that has committed. See dates, times and link in our webpage (linked below).
    • Possible dates: 10/19/20 - 12/11/20
    • Possible times: 30 minute connection sometime between 9-1 EST


Where can I find more info?


How long are these connections going to be?

  • 30 minutes
    • 15 minutes of professional sharing
    • 15 minutes of Q&A monitored by educators


How can I connect?

  • A Microsoft TEAMS Live Event for each connection will be created and linked on our webpage.


What is going to be discussed?

  • These are the talking points that have been shared with all professionals and will be their guide.


Can this count as CEW evidence/artifact?

  • Yes! Document available on our website.

Career Ready PA Coalition Call-Out

ENGINE of Central PA Ecosystem

ENGINE of Central PA, Empowering Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs is a collaborative network elevating and cultivating cross-sector partnerships. Our network builds a community of lifelong learners that promotes equitable access to meaningful, trans-disciplinary experiences. We strive to empower youth living and working in our region to be innovative problem-solvers, ready to succeed in careers of tomorrow.


ENGINE of Central PA serves students, teachers, and families from the following counties in Pennsylvania: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill.


Learn more about ENGINE and sign up for their newsletter here.

PA Rural Robotics Initiative

The Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative formed in the spring of 2018 as an educational consortium of Western Pennsylvania schools to work collaboratively across the region to create sustainable, world-class STEM education experiences that would engage our students as we prepare them for 21st century careers. Get more information here.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.


As part of their CASEL Cares initiative, they are offering free webinars on Fridays. Register for an upcoming webinar, or view past webinars at this link.

PDE Resources

Implementing the K-12 Career Education and Work Standards Seamlessly and Virtually Using SmartFutures.org

During challenging times like these, opportunities for positive change emerge. Join David Mosey, Smart Futures Executive Director, for a 90-minute overview and conversation highlighting the SmartFutures.org platform as a seamless and customized solution to implementing the Career Education and Work Standards from any classroom or remotely. SmartFutures.org is poised to assure that your schools have seamless remote delivery of career ready artifacts and individualized career plans and portfolios for every student.


Thursday, September 10 at 1pm


Register here!

How to Maximize Virtual Career Readiness in COVID-19 with the Pennsylvania CareerZone

This webinar will demonstrate the PA Career Zone platform as it relates to evidence requirements, lesson plans, managing student accounts and file storage.



Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 10 am -10:45 am

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 1 pm- 1:45 pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1 pm - 1:45 pm


Register here!

Preparing Special Education Students for Employment in a Modern Economy During COVID

Overnight, COVID impacted training opportunities at CBI sites due to current health risks. Meanwhile, schools are still responsible for meeting the requirements of IDEA and providing appropriate Transition Services. To support students during these uncertain times, Digitability is providing a plug and play model for virtual instruction with minimal training for teachers across the United States.


In collaboration with Pennsylvania's Career Ready State Project, Digitability is hosting a live, YouTube webinar to showcase ways school districts can support transition services in virtual, in-classroom and hybrid environments.


FREE YouTube Webinar Sessions are Currently Available On the following Dates:

Monday, 9/28 from 1-2pm ET

Tuesday 9/29 from 10-11am ET


Register here!

Simplifying Personal Finance (Financial Literacy Webinar)

Join the author of The Missing Semester, Gene Natali, and guests, for this 2 hour virtual, interactive webinar. Gerri Walsh, President of FINRA Investor Education Foundation, will provide a presentation. Also, hear from teachers that currently offer financial literacy programs in their districts and leave with resources and information to provide financial literacy programming in your district.


All attendees will receive a classroom set of The Missing Second Semester as well as a tool kit of classroom resources.


Thursday, October 8, 9am-11am


Register here!