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Lesson Plans (2) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (9) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: My Favorite Job
Description: This lesson is designed to encourage student participation in discussions of careers without consideration of gender. At this grade level students should be encouraged to express their perception of job characteristics without consideration of "man" jobs and "woman" jobs.


ALEX Podcasts


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Girls Engaged in Math and Science- University (GEMS-U) 2012
Overview:
Girls Engaged in Math and Science University (GEMS-U) is an innovative, exclusive Alabama statewide project designed to actively engage girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in order to better prepare them for college and the 21st Century workforce. In order to do this, the program focuses upon developing and disseminating high quality materials and training resources created by award-winning Alabama educators hosted by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)--a nationally-recognized state web portal for teachers, students, and parents. This video highlights the 2012 GEMS-U Exposition. At this event, girls presented projects that they created based upon GEMS-U lesson plans that had been taught by their classroom teachers. For more information on this project please visit the GEMS-U website.


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The Ferguson Career Guidance Center
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This podcast was created as a tutorial on using the Ferguson Career Guidance Center.  The Ferguson Career Guidance Center can be accessed through the Alabama Virtual Library website.  The Ferguson Center provides information on job profiles, job hunting techniques, college planning and financial aid.  The Ferguson Center also provides an interest assessment which will match a person's interests to careers and industries.


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Girls Engaged in Math and Science- University (GEMS-U) 2011
Overview:
Girls Engaged in Math and Science University (GEMS-U) is an innovative, exclusive Alabama statewide project designed to actively engage girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in order to better prepare them for college and the 21st Century workforce. In order to do this, the program focuses upon developing and disseminating high quality materials and training resources created by award-winning Alabama educators hosted by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)--a nationally-recognized state web portal for teachers, students, and parents. This video highlights the 2011 GEMS-U Exposition. At this event, girls presented projects that they created based upon GEMS-U lesson plans that had been taught by their classroom teachers. For more information on this project please visit the GEMS-U website.


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Girls Engaged in Math and Science- University (GEMS-U) 2009
Overview:
Girls Engaged in Math and Science University (GEMS-U) is an innovative, exclusive statewide project designed to develop and disseminate high quality materials and training resources from a panel of elite award-winning Alabama educators hosted by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX), a nationally-recognized state web portal for teachers, students, and parents. These resources will be targeted to actively engage girls to better prepare them for the 21st Century workforce. This video highlights the 2009 GEMS-U Exposition. At this event, girls presented projects that they created based upon GEMS-U lesson plans that had been taught by thier classroom teachers. For more information on this project please visit the GEMS-U website.


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Girls Engaged in Math and Science- University (GEMS-U) 2008
Overview:
Girls Engaged in Math and Science University (GEMS-U) is an innovative, exclusive statewide project designed to develop and disseminate high quality materials and training resources from a panel of elite award-winning Alabama educators hosted by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX), a nationally-recognized state web portal for teachers, students, and parents. These resources will be targeted to actively engage girls to better prepare them for the 21st Century workforce. This video highlights the 2008 GEMS-U Exposition.  At this event, girls presented projects that they created based upon GEMS-U lesson plans that had been taught by thier classroom teachers. For more information on this project please visit the GEMS-U website.


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Lesson Plans


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Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning - Late High School Curriculum Grades 11 and 12
http://www.nacacnet....
A six-session curriculum from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for Grades 11 and 12 for helping students assess where they are in the college planning process.

Informational Materials


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Campus Visit Checklist
http://www.nacacnet....
Not everything you need to know about a college or university campus is included on the PR tour. This checklist provides a list of formal and informal activities that students' may use to gain a realistic view of the campus culture.

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Factors in the Admission Decision
http://www.nacacnet....
College and university admission committees consider a variety of factors when reviewing applications for incoming students. This resource discusses the factors and the degree to which they are taken into account. Includes data from a an NACAC Admission Trends Survey.

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Guide to the College Admission Process
http://www.nacacnet....
This informational booklet from the National Association of College Admission Counselors presents a comprehensive look at the college admission process from preparations for application and application construction to acceptance/rejection letter receipt.

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Before You Apply
http://www.nacacnet....
This resource guides students through a self-assessment to be conducted before starting a college search. By determining wants, needs, values, goals, etc., students will be able to more effectively select colleges with the appropriate climate and programs.

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How To Recruit Colleges: The Arts Applicant’s Role as a College Recruiter
http://www.nacacnet....
For a student of the arts with a distinct, identity-based talent, the college application process can be more of a college recruitment process. This resource discusses the specialized application criteria often required of young artists such as portfolios or auditions. Also suggests investigative questions to ask regarding job placement in various arts careers.

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My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College
http://www.edpubs.go...
This workbook, produced by the U.S. Department of Education Federal Financial Aid, provides introductory information for middle and junior high school students regarding education beyond high school and how to finance it.

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Choosing a Vocational School
http://www.consumer....
This resource developed by the Federal Trade Commission offers advice for selecting a reputable vocational school for learning a trade or skilled vocation.

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Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception
http://www.consumer....
In this resource from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, diploma mills are defined and warning signs of unaccredited programs delineated.

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MEFA's Early College Planning Workbook
http://www.mefa.org/...
This resource for middle school-age students discusses the preparations students need to make for the college planning process.

Learning Activities


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College Comparison Worksheet
http://www.nacacnet....
This graphic organizer will help students to directly compare qualities and characteristics of three colleges and universities, thus enabling them to distinguish important similarities and differences.

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