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Madison has a goal for all our students to graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community. This goal was developed with feedback from more than 2500 students, teachers and community members. You can see these skills above in what we call the MMSD Graduate Vision. Teachers support student development of Graduate Vision skills as part of the Academic and Career Planning process. MMSD is currently implementing Academic and Career Planning (ACP) in grades 6-12 to support all students in being College, Career, and Community Ready.

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Through Academic and Career Planning students are beginning to answer these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?
  • Who are we together?

As part of Academic and Career Planning, students will explore educational and career opportunities, reflect on growth, and develop high school and post-high school plans.

Each student will maintain an e-portfolio to hold evidence of their exploration, growth, and next steps. This portfolio is housed within Xello, a post-secondary planning website. At the end of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade, students will complete a Portfolio Presentation by sharing key items from this portfolio to tell their story of growth, readiness, and next steps with an adult.

At Sennett, students are on their path to being College, Career, and Community Ready!

Here are some of our Sennett ACP highlights!

6th:  Many, many Who Am I? lessons that culminate in a poster project;  a January trip to Madison College

7th:  Many more Who Am I? Lessons as well as many Who Are We Together? Lessons. Students will do a lot of Graduate Vision work.  All 7th graders will create and present a slideshow about their ACP work. We will invite parents and guardians into SMS in May to watch these presentations. In December, all 7th graders will attend FutureQuest at the Alliant Center.

8th:   A shift of lessons into the Where Am I Going? and How Will I Get There? Areas. Students will try to tie their Graduate Vision studies to their future plans.  All 8th graders will do an ACP interview in the Spring. They will also visit Madison College.

How do I support my student’s College, Career and Community Readiness?

How do I learn more?

Contact our ACP Coordinator!

Beth Hawker, ehawker@madison.k12.wi.us or 608.204.1951