GeorgiaBEST@School is designed for Pre-K through Post-Secondary teachers to facilitate discussion in their classrooms. Goal: at the earliest age – exposure to concepts; for all students – introduce components, model, teach, reinforce, acknowledge, and reward appropriate behavior and skills in order to prepare students for the workplace, for higher education, and for life.
Teachers can use the link at the bottom of the page to register for the GeorgiaBEST@School program. Once registered, they can then log in to access the teacher’s manuals, lesson plans, activities, ethical choice scenarios, and additional resources for parents. Teachers can also use the link to complete the Frequency Observation Tool for each student, indicate whether or not the student has met the requirements for a certificate of participation, and print the GeorgiaBEST@School certificate. Age-appropriate activities have been developed for ALL grade levels and lesson plans are grouped as follows:
- Pre-K through 1st grade
- 2nd through 5th grade
- 6th through 8th grade
- 9th grade
- 10th grade
- 11th grade
- 12th grade
- Adult Education/GED
GeorgiaBEST@School utilizes a new grading rubric/participant evaluation that more closely resembles how employees are evaluated in the workplace. Instead of the three-point scale called a grading rubric (an academic term) that was used in the original GeorgiaBEST program, the new form is a Frequency Observation Tool that can be used by teachers, employers, correctional facilities, non-profits, etc. Since evaluating soft skills requires so much subjectivity, it was advantageous to adopt a behavior-based scale where participants are evaluated on the frequency of the behaviors being observed.
For GaDOE teachers: GeorgiaBEST@School will be more closely aligned to CTAE Course Standard 1 – Employability Skills; however, it will reflect the elimination of both the project and portfolio components of the original GeorgiaBEST program. The rationale for this decision is twofold:
- The Career Portfolio and Capstone Project elements were removed from the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI.) While these are certainly valuable indicators of workforce preparedness,
- GeorgiaBEST@School will emphasize other attributes/competencies/skills that employers have specifically requested.
Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Work Based Learning (WBL), Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP), and student intern teachers/coordinators may print a paper copy of the WBL/YAP Frequency Observation Tool to take to the employer for evaluation discussions. The teacher/coordinator will enter the ratings from the employer-completed WBL/YAP Frequency Observation Tool (student employee must have been observed by a supervisor for a period of at least 90 days), indicate whether or not the student employee has met the requirements for a GeorgiaBEST@Work certificate, and print the certificate signed by the Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler. WBL/YAP students or student interns have an opportunity to earn both a GeorgiaBEST@School certificate of participation AND a GeorgiaBEST@Work certificate if they meet the requirements for both.
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