During the annual Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) State of the Schools address Wednesday morning, Superintendent Mary Ronan announced the expansion of the "my tommorow*ed" program which, through technology, advanced classes and guidance counselors will get students "ready for the real world."
A video shown to the media and educators this morning explained how the initiative will work and who will participate.
The CPS Vision
CPS's vision is to have 100 percent of seventh-graders prepared and ready to actively pursue a career path by the time they graduate. In a pilot program with seventh graders last school year, students benefited from an advisor, career coaching and a personalized playbook.
This school year the My Tomorrow Initiative will expand to grades 9-12. CPS says fifth-graders will participate in the advisory part of the plan.
Technology is key. This year, students in grades 7-12 will have laptops to use during the school day and a home device program is being created.
In addition, advanced placement opportunities are increasing. Some sixth-graders can take Algebra I and a group of high schoolers went to AP Boot Camps at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati.
The video also explains 11th-graders at three high schools will get business partners this year to conduct mock interviews, get resume help, and provide information about career paths.
To make sure teachers are up to speed on the technology and the initiative, a mobile tech training van will be making the rounds at all schools in the Cincinnati Public School District.