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    At the CFES National Conference, we put together the following list of ways students are developing the Essential Skills:

    Goal Setting:
    1. Engage in job shadowing and internships with a reflection component
    2. Explore the Brilliant Career Lab website, developed by CFES & GE Foundation
    3. Set postsecondary goals and define specific steps to achieve these goals
    4. Discuss goal progress with peers during CFES meetings
    5. Use the CFES Brilliant Pathways Scholar Map tool
    6. Talk with faculty and staff, as well as other school guests about how they achieved their goals and what advice they have to offer you
    7. Set goals at the beginning of the year and revisit these goals often
    8. Create a time capsule where you share where you hope to be in a five or ten years and set a date for uncovering the capsule
    9. Write a letter to your future self that the school will send to you at a later date
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Goal Setting

    Teamwork:
    1. Engage in team building exercises with a reflection component
    2. Participate on leadership teams
    3. Rotate students monthly on leadership teams
    4. Share knowledge about colleges with other scholars
    5. Provide opportunities for student-led activities and group engagement
    6. Encourage teachers to assign group projects
    7. Complete challenges in teams during STEM Days
    8. Have student committees organize school-based events (dances, spirit days, etc.)
    9. Encourage reflections on your personal strengths and weaknesses when working with others toward a goal
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Teamwork

    Leadership:
    1. Create or join a CFES student leadership team
    2. Serve as a peer mentor for younger students or tutor younger students
    3. Organize leadership summits/workshops for peers
    4. Identify, organize, and complete service projects in your school and community
    5. Serve as hosts for special guests and school visitors
    6. Identify your own leadership qualities and style
    7. Organize workshops to teach your peers about Leadership and the other CFES Essential Skills
    8. Participate in CFES events (workshop, conference, etc.) and share details of that experience with classmates
    9. Lead by example and become a positive role model
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Leadership

    Agility:
    1. Explore different career pathways
    2. Re-evaluate projects based on reflection and feedback
    3. Partner with peers from other CFES schools to gain new perspectives
    4. Prepare for future endeavors with older peers
    5. Bring assignments in that potentially deal with dilemmas/challenges that you discuss with peers
    6. Do something that makes you step outside of your comfort zone (public speaking, meeting new people, etc.)
    7. Participate in group projects
    8. Explore new skills (take an art class, take a harder math, try drama club, etc.)
    9. Brainstorm possible uses for every day objects (see which students come up with the most ideas)
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Agility

    Perseverance:
    1. Participate in CFES Live Chats where role models share experiences
    2. Engage in service projects that offer challenges and be strategic in overcoming those challenges
    3. Speak with CFES alumni who are on their way to college/career success
    4. Bring people into your school to share their stories of perseverance
    5. College/Career panel sharing stories of pathway
    6. Encouraging students to discuss challenges/failures – then turn into success
    7. Revisit past activities and reflect on how you have improved over time
    8. Reflect on challenges that you will face and brainstorm how to overcome them
    9. Ask others how they have persevered through challenges
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Perseverance

    Networking:
    1. Participate in virtual conversations with college students and professionals
    2. Explore college and career pathways by reaching out to professionals in career fields
    3. Ask someone to be your mentor
    4. Ask role models you meet for advice
    5. Visit college campuses and meet college students and faculty
    6. Talk to career professionals at career fairs
    7. Collect business cards from guests at your school
    8. Set up social networking accounts
    9. Keep track of the contacts you have met with, where you met them, what they do, and their contact information
    10. Explore the Resource section of the CFES website for additional activities that support the skill of Networking

    How are your students developing the Essential Skills?

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