Career Awareness

New Career Awareness Tool
Posted on 09/28/2022
student using online programWhat do you want to be when you grow up? So many children face this question. Los Lunas Schools is now using an online tool called “Beable” to help students focus on career awareness and improving literacy.

R. W. is a fourth grader in Delilah Brojer’s classroom at Sundance Elementary.

“It showed me that my interests are more for sports, but also a video editor,” R.W. explained. “I like to edit things and add cool effects to it and make it look better.”

Linda Ohle and Syd DiChiara are Teachers on Special Assignment for Los Lunas Schools. They say the program provides students with the information they need to explore career options.

“Every student deserves to connect the relevance of learning as they explore their future career opportunities,” explained Linda Ohle.

The students complete a test to determine his or her reading level, as well as a survey about interests and personality traits. “Beable” then provides students with the information they need to explore careers based off the tests. They can take the tests again as they learn and grow or if their interests change. In fact, the program is used at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

“Elementary students often get career ideas like a doctor, a lawyer or zookeeper, things that are geared toward their age group,” Syd DiChiara said. “As they get older it becomes more detailed like anesthesiologist, so it’s a program that is developmentally appropriate.”

The district is now creating weekly lessons based on the results of the student surveys. However, the teachers have the ability to customize the lessons for their classroom. There are monthly "Power Up" challenges providing opportunity for students to show their growth.

“What we like about the program is that it’s literacy first,” said Linda Ohle. “It’s all about exploring careers through reading.”

The program provides the students an overall picture of what they may want to achieve in the future, whether it is attending college, the military or a trade school.

Teacher Delilah Brojer said she likes that the program is customizable.

“I have one student whose interests led her towards a path of becoming an actress, but she said she wants a career in helping people,” she said. “So we were able to change her Beable profile towards that.”

Dr. Deborah Elder, the Chief Academic Officer at LLS, said that is the goal for our students. “We are committed to ensure that every Los Lunas student graduates, equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes to pursue a path of their choice.”

At Peralta Elementary School, Caleb Crum's 6th grade class won the recent "Beable Bright Start Challenge," a competition with all Beable schools across the country.

    Letter to Parents

    Dear LLS Families,

    In the Los Lunas Schools, we are committed to ensure that every student graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to pursue a path of their choice. With this value at the center of all we do, we excitedly announce a new program and partnership with LLS.

    As part of our career awareness strategy for all students, we’re introducing our students, teachers, parents, and community to Beable. It’s a unique platform that will help our students develop greater awareness of their interests, strengths, and values. Plus, Beable will help students and teachers find any learning gaps that might hold them back from realizing their future goals.

    Beable will introduce a new language to Los Lunas. If you haven’t already, you’ll be hearing about RIASEC. It’s a survey our students take on the Beable platform through which students explore their interests and then get exposure to relevant careers.

    Students will discover if they are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional and receive their three-letter RIASEC codes, which reflect their career-related personality traits. Beable will then create personalized paths of career exploration based on each child’s code. Because young people’s interests change over time, the RIASEC code they have this year may change year over year.

    Beable also helps develop the literacy skills required by students’ careers of choice. So, you’ll hear about Beable Reading Habits, too. These are the habits that help students become career literate for any path they choose.

    You can see why we’re so excited about Beable! It brings Los Lunas’ students the latest technology and best methodologies to make them future ready.

    We’ll share lots more information as we progress. Please let us know at any time if you have questions. We look forward to a great school year ahead!

    Kind regards,
    Dr. Deborah Elder, Los Lunas Schools Chief Academic Officer
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