In May, the NH Department of Education announced that it purchased Awato for all middle and high school students in the state. The late spring announcement left Awato only four months to notify all the schools and prepare them to implement.
One of the most challenging aspects of software implementation is getting administrators, teachers and staff prepared to use the software and make the most of it.
Knowing this, Awato partnered with New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI) to create a comprehensive training and professional development experience.
Awato will provide technical training and implementation support. NHLI will provide supplemental professional development around best practices. They will offer a certificate for their training hours.
We’re excited about the partnership. Here’s what you can expect.
Educator led professional development
One of the strengths of partnering with NHLI is ensuring that educators are thinking critically about the training. As educators, they can more easily understand the needs of those who will use the platform with students. They’ll be able to anticipate questions and best practices, compiling them into efficient 90 minute training periods.
We know that the best way to learn is by doing. Benjamin Franklin’s quote says it best about hands-on learning: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
You can be assured during the training, you’ll log into the Awato platform, take the assessment, and get to know the software for yourself.
We know we can’t always be there with you so we’ll be providing an accompanying administrative guide that details all sorts of strategies and ideas. Awato will provide technical documentation too. So between the two documents, you can be sure you’ll know where to click and how to implement the platform for your school.
Lesson planning is difficult and we want to make your lives as easy as possible. So we are putting together a number of lessons you can use with Awato. The accompanying lesson plans support many roles: teachers, counselors, WBL and ELO coordinators.
Prior to including Awato in your lesson plans, educators should take Awato. Taking Awato not only allows for understanding the student experience, but also helps set students up for success as they take the adaptive career assessment. We all know that meaningful responses allow for high quality results for both the students and the teachers.
All lesson plans begin with students taking Awato. There have been different thoughts about when students should take Awato. September or October would be ideal if you are using the results as a way to get to know your students and cater your lessons based on their interests. If you have a different purpose in mind, such as supporting course selection for next year, then January might be a better time for students to engage with Awato. Above all else, like Brene Brown says, “ Being clear, is being kind,” so please communicate a clear purpose for the use of Awato. Awato should be the starting point for students to create their own personalized, student driven pathway during their high school years. The results allow students to explore potential careers with the support of their teachers.