How BuildED can help you address the 339 standards for college and career readiness.

Much like ESSA, the 339 statute gives good guidance for how to prepare students for college and career readiness.  Where the “no child left behind act” ended and the new focus on preparedness has taken hold in educational legislation, BuildED sees this as a promising development.

Our focus on teaching 21st century skills and demonstrating the importance of being a “value adder” to any organization, aligns well with both of these new guidelines.

A challenge we see in the state of PA is that the guidance counselors have been tasked with owning the development of programs to support 339 but they don’t have enough staff, budget or existing curriculum to effectively administer a program that meets the burdens of proof explained in the statute.

Good news: We can help.   

Who we serve:

Students-    BuildEd delivers online e-learning modules that develop a variety of skills in students ranging from grade K-12 and through to our 4-year college course.  With over 3,000 hours of curriculum, BuildED tailors programs to meet the class length and the grading requirements of each school or college.

Teachers–    BuildEd recognizes the challenge that teachers and guidance counselors face as they attempt to integrate new courses into the curriculum.  To address this challenge, BuildED provides pacing guides, lesson plans, worksheets and grading rubrics to gain teacher endorsement.

As an organization dedicated to helping students learn how to think like entrepreneurs, we are excited that the statute has specific deliverables and proof points related to how you as educators can improve college and career readiness, with specific mention of some of the key elements of entrepreneurship.

In studying the statute and meeting with folks who authored much of the statute, we got some great insight on the goals and we look forward to sharing a few of the key things you will want to know about how to comply with the 339 statute.

Below are some of the keywords and deliverables that Article 339 calls out for college and career readiness:

  • 339 highlights schools need to help students:
  • Practice speaking and listening skills in conversation
  • Relate the importance of working cooperatively with others
  • Learning budget concepts.
  • Identifying the risks and rewards of entrepreneurs relating to the entrepreneurial process of marketing goods/services to the public.

How can your school bring this type of curriculum into the classroom?  Hint- The statue states that “Districts can implement stand-alone courses specifically address these standards.” 

That statute continues to describe certain Entrepreneurial skills:

Team building                                Commitment

Communication                             Personal Initiative

Self-Advocacy                                Cooperate

Build consensus                             Listen to others Constructive criticism

Mediation                                       Negotiation

Problem solving                             Creative thinking

Ethical behavior                             Leadership

Risk taking                                      Marketing

Research and Development         Selection of goods and services

Business idea                                 Competitive analysis

Finances and budgets

What we provide:

At BuildEd we have a curriculum and teacher enablement program that will squarely deliver a program that you can implement effectively in your district to exceed the requirements listed above.   We know you face a tough challenge and that schools, especially guidance teams face a tremendous challenge supporting the large number of students that you serve.

How it works:

Online classes include video lessons, worksheets, note taking and key questions to reinforce that the lessons have been understood.

Students work through a process of developing their toolkits and building the skills needed to add value to organizations, create new ideas and develop innovations.

BuildEd trains teachers and facilitators who guide the courses.

Classes can be instructor led, asynchronous and blended styles to suit whatever type of course works best for your school.

Cross-Curricular tools-  In speaking with schools we have learned the importance of developing cross-curricular tools to improve retention and to work with existing classes.

We would welcome the chance to speak further and to share more details about how we work with Districts and the details of our curriculum.

Outcomes students, teachers and schools can expect:

Students will gain self-confidence as they learn how to construct an idea, evaluate the strength of their idea and develop market assumptions to evaluate the viability of their idea.

Vital skills like self-reflection, peer review and communication emerge as part of the student’s learning journey too.

Teachers and Guidance counselors can expect a well-developed curriculum and the support they need to effectively guide students through the learning, worksheets, and assessments.  Further, we expect that they will see an uptick in student engagement in their English and Math as students recognize the need to calculate business outcomes and to develop supporting materials to present their ideas.

Schools can expect solid proof points when requested to demonstrate their work in meeting the standards.

Please contact us directly at Mark@BuildED.com to arrange an introductory call.