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The Life/Career Competencies Framework has been developed to assist teachers in giving students feedback on the development of behaviors that contribute to career readiness. The Framework is the synthesis of several research efforts including work with Model Schools. The Framework includes 17 broad competencies. Each competency is defined by 3-9 specific performance measures. These measures are further defined in a four level rubric of student proificiency. Teachers can select from these performance measures to adapt them as appropriate in rubrics for student projects, creating employabilty profiles, evaluating work-based learning and giving students feedback during instruction.
Competency
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Select Competency Performance Measure Exemplary Proficient Developing Beginning
Big Picture Awareness Demonstrates Knowledge of Organization

Easily identifies 'big picture' issues and goals and can define the vision and mission, the organization's structure, culture, policies, and procedures, and its role and status within the industry, economy, and community.

Identifies most 'big picture' issues and goals and can generally define the vision and mission, the organization's structure, policies, and procedures, and its role within the industry and community.

Identifies a few 'big picture' issues and goals and can marginally define the vision and mission, the organization's policies and procedures, and its role within the community.

Cannot identify 'big picture' issues and goals, cannot define the vision and mission.

Big Picture Awareness Demonstrates Understanding of the System and Environment Influencing the Organization Consistently acknowledges the economic, political, and social relationships that impact multiple levels of an organization and uses this knowledge in interactions within the group (e.g., local, national, international). Acknowledges the economic, political, and social relationships that impact multiple levels of an organization (e.g., local, national, international). Acknowledges some social relationships that impact multiple levels of an organization. Does not acknowledge social relationships that impact multiple levels of an organization.
Big Picture Awareness Makes Connections Between Work and Needs of Community Easily and accurately describes how work products and services benefit the community. Describes how work products and services benefit the community. Sees some connection in how work products and services benefit the community. Fails to understand how work products and services benefit the community.
Career Smarts Seeks information on Job Opportunities Extensively uses commercial sources and personal networks to inquire and locate information on job opportunities. Uses commercial sources and personal networks to inquire and locate information on job opportunities. Makes limited use of commercial sources and/or personal networks to inquire and locate information on job opportunities. Fails to use commercial sources and personal networks to inquire and locate information on job opportunities.
Career Smarts Analyzes Job Requirements Analyzes job descriptions to determine requirements and compare effectively with personal strengths and skills to identify matches and gaps. Analyzes job descriptions to determine requirement and compare effectively with personal strengths and skills. Identifies job descriptions to determine requirements. Unable to identify job requirements and determine if personally qualified.
Career Smarts Develops a Resume Produces an exemplary digital and paper resume to summarize skills, experience and career interests. Produces a paper resume to summarize skills, experience and career interests. Produces a basic resume to summarize skills, experience and career interests. Unable to produce a written resume.
Career Smarts Builds Professional Networks Extensively uses social media, technology tools and personal relationships to build a network of contacts related to career field Effectively uses social media, technology tools and personal relationships to build a network of contacts relate to career field. Makes limited use of social media, technology tools and personal contacts for building career. Does not consider using social media, technology tools to build career contacts.
Career Smarts Interviews for Employment Consistently demonstrates outstanding communication skills in job interview to convey skills, knowledge and experience relates to job openings. Demonstrate excellent communication skills in job interview to convey skills, knowledge and experience relates to job openings. Successfully conveys job skills and career interests in job interview. Fails to present qualifications in job interview.
Career Smarts Recognizes Entrepreneurial Opportunities Frequently sees opportunities for self and others to create a new business as an entrepreneur. Sees opportunities for self and others to create new business as an entrepreneur. Understands entrepreneurship but does not consider career options Fails to sees opportunities for self and others as an entrepreneur.
Career Smarts Seeks support for career plans Extensively seeks out and relies on counseling and mentors to support career plans and advancement. Seeks counseling and mentors to support career plans. Makes limited use of others as counselors or mentors to support career plans. Fails to seek advice from other to support career plans.
Collaboration Listens and Cooperates With Team Members Consistently listens to others and their ideas, helps the team reach its full potential. Listens to others' points of view and makes a definite effort to understand their ideas. Sometimes listens to others, but often assumes others' ideas will not work. Tries to work well with the team. Does not listen to group's opinions and ideas, wants things done own way.
Collaboration Works Effectively with Diverse Teams Always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Uses respectful and appropriate statements, responses, and body language. Listens to, shares with, and supports others. Statements and responses are respectful, and appropriate body language is exhibited. Most statements, responses, and body language are respectful, with only an occasional negative tone. Does not always listen to, share with, or support the efforts of others. Statements, responses, and/or body language are not respectful. Rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others.
Collaboration Fulfills Roles Responsibly When given any role in group efforts, consistently exceeds that role responsibility. Completes any given role responsibility in group effort to the best of ability. Usually fulfills assigned roles, but works better in preferred roles. Fails to fulfill assigned roles.
Collaboration Compromises to Accomplish Goals Always demonstrates ability to compromise, allowing the group to meet its full potential. Is willing to compromise with group to accomplish a common goal. Attempts to compromise to accomplish a common goal, but sometimes interferes with group meeting its full potential. Typically unwilling to compromise with group to accomplish a common goal often interferes with group meeting its full potential.
Collaboration Shares Responsibility Motivates members to share contributions equally by valuing all members' ideas and contributions. Participates in and contributes to group's work. Values all members' ideas and contributions. Attempts to share responsibility of group's work, but ends up completing little of the work by disregarding the input of others. Does very little of the group's work, does not share ideas or respect others' ideas.
Collaboration Resolves Conflicts Resolves conflicts effectively and independently in socially acceptable ways and uses a wide variety of appropriate strategies. Resolves conflicts independently when they occur and uses a variety of strategies to resolve them appropriately. Has limited strategies to resolve conflicts appropriately but does so with assistance. Finds it difficult to resolve conflicts and is frequently in conflict.
Communication Listens and Speaks when Appropriate Engages in conversations/ discussions and consistently understands when it is appropriate to speak and when it is appropriate to listen. Engages in conversations/ discussions and understands when it is appropriate to speak and when it is appropriate to listen. At times, speaks when it is not appropriate and does not listen when it is appropriate. Often needs to be reminded of appropriate times to speak and appropriate times to listen.
Communication Listens to Determine Meaning Thoughtfully and consistently listens to and reflects on the information and intentions of the message. Effectively listens to and reflects on the information and intentions of the message. Attempts to listen to the message and reflect on its meaning but misses key information or intentions of the message. Does not listen carefully to the message and demonstrates misunderstanding by not reflecting on the meaning.
Communication Asks Clarifying Questions Effectively identifies and asks significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to a better solution. Identifies and asks significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to a better solution. Asks questions for the purpose of reaching a better solution, but fails to consider other points of view. Does not attempt to make inquiries to understand other points of view for the purpose of reaching a better solution.
Communication Informs, Instructs, Motivates, and Persuades Effectively uses communication to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade. Uses communication to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade. Communicates to inform or instruct. Communicates only to inform and not for other purposes.

Selected Performance Measures

Select Competency Performance Measure Exemplary Proficient Developing Beginning