Wisconsin State Legislature Information- 

E4E Definition

“Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.” -Wisconsin DPI

https://youtu.be/tpXQIKzgya0 (Why ACP Matters Video)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (in the PI26 legislation) requires public school districts to provide academic and career planning services to students in grades 6 through 12 beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Birchwood School District

The Birchwood School District has been promoting components of Academic and Career Planning for the last 10 years and began its school-wide ACP implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.

6-12 E4E Students at Birchwood School will graduate with a comprehensive Academic & Career Portfolio based upon their interests, strengths and individual educational plan.  The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to showcase quality academic work, discover their strengths, set meaningful achievement goals, and understand the relationship between academic achievement in high school and postsecondary career and educational opportunities.  The goal of the program is to produce responsible Birchwood graduates who will begin their adult life with the knowledge, skills, motivation and a self-directed plan for career and lifelong success. Student progress will be measured through various career and academic lessons, assessments, surveys and a portfolio requirement throughout grades 6-12.

An internet-based, electronic portfolio program called Career Cruising is used to organize and manage information for the Career & Academic Portfolio Program.  Birchwood School District students will use their portfolios when applying for local & area scholarships in the spring, to support college applications, state & national scholarship applications, applications for employment, and for membership in organizations (such organizations as National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America).  Students will be able to use their portfolios after graduating from high school as well.

K-5 E4E
Students in grades K-5 are exposed to a number of Academic and Career Planning Activities.  Some of these activities include visiting area businesses and learning how they work.  Students complete Career inventories beginning in 3rd grade through their health classes.  They also have career activities throughout the year in their guidance lessons.
  • Fire Safety Week
  • Visits to area business
  • School Forest Field Trips
  • Field Trips

Parent Involvement
Parents are invited to take part in their students career path through scheduling and advising meetings.  Parents of High School Seniors take part in a senior meeting to discuss students post secondary plans, options and needs.  In the Middle School parents are involved through discussions at parent-teacher conferences.  An ACP meeting is hosted yearly in the Spring.

Community Involvement
Students are exposed to field trips to area businesses.  The District also hosts a Career Day every other year and encourages job shadowing experiences.  There are also community volunteers in the school throughout the day.