Because our program is customized for each school, no two plans are alike. Your CFES program can take the form of a class, be built into advisory periods, with college and career readiness activities and/or take place during or outside of the regular school day. With the support of CFES professionals, all participating schools develop a customized plan to integrate our three core practices and engage students in those practices and provide ongoing professional development to educators. CFES becomes ingrained in each school’s culture, supporting college/career-counseling efforts and enhancing other college and career readiness initiatives already in place.
With guidance from their Program Director, members of the school-based team identify Core Practice activities to implement, and how often. For example, teams may determine their students would be best served by peer mentoring, and set a schedule for mentor pairs to meet weekly. Another school may engage community mentors to meet monthly with students to work on the college application process. A third school may implement a teachers-as-mentors model wherein students “check in” on a regular basis. For each of the Core Practices, there are many different implementation strategies. We’ll help you determine the best approach for your school.
Although our program looks different in each school, the following components are consistent throughout our network:
- Every CFES Brilliant Pathways school is assigned a Program Director who works with the liaison and team. Program Directors visit schools to deliver services such as mentor training or college and career pathway workshops. Between visits, directors offer remote support.
- Each school identifies a member of their team to be the official liaison. This person serves as the main point of contact for the Program Director and CFES Brilliant Pathways main office.
- Representatives of every school team are invited to attend our annual National Conference.
- CFES Brilliant Pathways conducts fall planning and training workshops for each school team to strategize the year’s activities with support from their Program Director.
- School team members are invited to attend regional professional development opportunities throughout the year.
- Curricular resources from our central office are shared with school liaisons throughout the year.