Career Development & Occupational Studies (CDOS)

The CDOS Institute series will support schools who are seeking to strengthen the quality of postsecondary planning and readiness for all students by utilizing the CDOS learning standards and career exploration coursework.

CDOS Institute

This series will support schools who are seeking to strengthen the quality of postsecondary planning and readiness for all students by utilizing the CDOS learning standards and diploma pathway or endorsement to develop work based learning opportunities and standards based college and career exploration coursework and activities.


  • Support schools in developing systems and structures that link career exploration with college planning
  • Provide resources and guidance for schools to develop and implement courses and activities aligned to and in support of CDOS Option 1, to increase the numbers of students graduating with a CDOS diploma endorsement or +1.
  • Ensure that schools are utilizing the NV portal to track and monitor the development of postsecondary plans and career exploration activities.

The series will frame the CDOS learning standards within the three domains of college and career readiness in the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) model of effective school counseling programs (academic, career and social/emotional development), to center the development of a CDOS pathway in your school as a standards based foundation for a whole school college and career readiness culture that engages all staff and students. Engaging multiple staff members to form a CDOS implementation team, the series will support schools in identifying school wide goals and developing implementation plans that distribute responsibility across team members, looking at three key areas of CDOS implementation: Programming, syllabus development and developing WBL.

Who is invited

Schools who expressed interest in CDOS development in summer Principals survey and T2C schools.


Each school should identify:

1) A lead teacher or WBL/internship coordinator

2) A programmer/academic policy point person and

3) A college and career advisor. Administrators will be expected to attend the first session.

Schedule & Overview

All sessions will take place at New Visions for Public Schools, 205 E.42nd St. NY, NY 10017

November 1, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TOPIC: Orientation, goal setting and launching implementation planning process

TEAM MEMBERS: Full team; leadership and key staff

Team assessment and goal setting:

    • Analyze how well current courses offer students opportunities to demonstrate mastery of CDOS Learning Standards and employability skills.
    • What is career readiness at our school– what are the skills, knowledge and experiences that comprise a postsecondary plan? How does that get represented in annual career plans?
    • Orientation to activity tracking in the portal and review of entering SYEP hours in the NV portal to support CDOS

Nov 20, 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

TOPIC: Labor Market Trends (CUNY Labor Market Information Service)

TEAM MEMBERS. Open to all: this session is part of the College Access and Action Network series.

December 16, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TOPIC: Curriculum and Programming

TEAM MEMBERS: Programmers, teachers

Curricular options and CDOS standards alignment, programming and scheduling

    • What curricular resources and tools can we utilize to best support all students in graduating with meaningful postsecondary plans?
    • Review standards alignment across curricular options
    • Showcase various programming models

March 6, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TOPIC: Work Based Learning

TEAM MEMBERS: Teachers, Counselors, WBL/Internship Coordinators

Developing and tracking high quality WBL experiences to build college and career readiness skills

    • CDOS Employability Skills Profile: Norming skills ratings, finding evidence of student mastery
    • Utilizing project based learning
    • Best practices for supporting and managing employer partnerships

MAY 15, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TOPIC: Final implementation plans, model sharing

TEAM MEMBERS: Full team; leadership and key staff

Identify needs for continued learning or resource development. Set targets and goals for next year.

    • How can staff leading college and career readiness work engage their school community strategically through sharing data, progress and outcomes to build interest, understanding and willingness to align resources as needed

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