A new initiative to highlight the connection between future careers and classwork has been launched, where digital portfolios are created by eighth graders and students will be focused on their goals.
Thanks to a $14,000 Success Plus grant from the nonprofit Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation, a program will start launching a digital portfolio initiative at Roosevelt Middle School.
“We are thrilled to get this,” said grantwriter Lefty Folkman, a Roosevelt instructional coach. “The teachers are very much on board and very excited about making this happen.”
Approximately $8,000 will be designated to purchasing 30 new Chromebooks for the students, who will use them to research and create digital portfolio presentations about projects and career plans for the end of the year. The remaining money will support field trips to places that can assist students in defining and finding out more about their goals, such as Spaceport America and the University of New Mexico. Some of the remaining money will also pay for substitute teachers who will teach classes while teachers listen to the presentations.
“We want the students to talk about where they are going,” Folkman explained. “They can say something like, ‘I think I want to be an engineer, and the algebra I took this year will really help me. In high school, I will have to take this and this and this.’ ”