William and Mary School of Education

Focusing on the Future

A Career and Academic Planning Experience for High-Ability Students in Grades 6-12 and Their Parents

FOF exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.

The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering 8 different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12 and for parents. A lunchtime panel discussion with William & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour at the end of the day round out the program.

About the Program

The purpose of this program is twofold:

  • to expose high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences
  • to inform parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning
Registration

Thank you for participating in this year's FOF! we hope to see you again in 2015.

Student Workshops 

Students have the opportunity to learn about four career areas. Students are exposed to (a) information about work habits and "habits of mind" (e.g., precision and objectivity in math, and skepticism and curiosity in science) that lead to successful careers in various fields, (b) an interactive discussion about a variety of career opportunities in a particular field, and (c) steps to take to prepare for specific careers.

Parent Workshops

Parents have the opportunity to attend four workshops, which will assist them in guiding their children with academic and career planning.

During the lunch break, there is a panel discussion with current William and Mary students.

A tour of the William and Mary campus for parents and students is also provided.