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Career and College Readiness

Contact Information

Elementary Level Contact
Megan LaPalm​
megan.lapalm@k12.wa.us

School Counseling
Brittni Thompson
brittni.thompson@k12.wa.us

Explore lesson plan titles for grades 6–12 in the Curriculum Map. The Map includes:

Career Planning Legislation

State law (RCW 28A.600.045) encourages educators in middle schools and high schools to integrate a comprehensive guidance and career planning program.

Professional Development

2021-22 OSPI-WSAC Webinar Series

Each year, OSPI, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and other partners co-host a series of webinars for school counselors, career counselors and specialists, college access professionals, graduation specialists and other support staff. This webinar series is designed to provide relevant and timely information related to comprehensive school counseling and career and college readiness services. Webinars in this series typically include specific policy changes, emerging or existing best practices and useful tools and resources to help you support students’ career and college exploration and preparation, academic development, and social-emotional development. 

Several years’ worth of slide decks are available below in the "Past Webinars" section. Check out OSPI’s YouTube playlist for OSPI-WSAC Webinars to access past webinar recordings. 

OSPI-WSAC Webinar Series Registration

The schedule for this year's webinar series and the dates and themes are listed below. Once you’ve registered, Zoom will send you a confirmation email with the option to add a calendar appointment. You’ll also get a reminder email the day before with your personal Zoom link to join the event. Be sure to watch this webpage as the webinar dates get closer for links to corresponding pdEnroller events. 

  • Registering through pdEnroller will give you access to the  1.5 FREE clock hours per webinar.
  • Clock hours are awarded based on time in attendance during the live webinar.  We verify attendance within a week of each event.
  • After each webinar, pdEnroller will send you an email link to a short evaluation survey.  Once you complete and submit this survey and your time is verified, you’ll be eligible to receive the clock hours.
  • Clock hours are released to your transcript and you can print a copy of them from your pdEnroller account as needed.

2021-22 Webinars

All webinars will take place from 9-10:30 am and 1.5 clock hours are available by request. Each session is free and registering for the series does not obligate you to attend every webinar.

NOTE: You can request a separate link to sign up for clock hours through pdEnroller prior to each event.

Past Webinars

  • Supporting Seniors’ Transitions: From Finishing High School to Leaving the Nest | March 31, 2021

    This was the final of four OSPI-WSAC Wednesday webinars for the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for participating!

    Following this past year of school closures, there have been many impacts on seniors’ abilities to engage in their learning, complete graduation requirements, and adequately prepare for their future goals. OSPI-WSAC staff explored strategies and resources for supporting this year’s seniors as they possibly return to their high school, prepare to graduate, and take the needed steps to transition to their post-high school goal.

    Watch the Webinar HERE

  • January 27, 2021: Supporting Students’ Transitions: Aligning HSBP’s and IEP Transition Plans

    Presenters: Kim Reykdal & Alexandra Toney (OSPI); Kelly McClure (UPSD)

    Join OSPI’s School Counseling and Special Education staff and University Place SD staff to learn more about how special educators, general educators, school counselors, career specialists, and system leaders can collaboratively provide an inclusive and effective framework for High School and Beyond Planning so that all students can achieve their secondary goals.

    This webinar will highlight practices to align a student's High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) and IEP transition plan via exploring a sample of an HSBP and the aligned IEP Transition Plan. UPSD staff will share how they are shifting the implementation of their HSBP process to better meet the transition needs of their students.

                    Supporting Students’ Transitions: Aligning HSBP’s and IEP Transition Plans Webinar Presentation Slides

  • December 2, 2020: Supporting Seniors - Washington Student Loan Advocacy & Resources

          An introduction to Washington’s Student Loan Advocate and the work she has completed thus far. You will learn about the issues that student loan borrowers are dealing with in our state and resources and advocacy work that the Advocate has created to educate and empower borrowers. You will also get a look at the new Washington Student Loan Education resource site which aims to help high school and college students and families better understand financial aid and their rights as responsibilities as student loan borrowers.

                   OSPI-WSAC December 2 Webinar Presentation Slides

  • September 23, 2020: Supporting Seniors’ Financial Aid Awareness: Options and Applications

                   12th Year Campaign website