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 and Counselors

Focusing on the Future (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 six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12 and for parents and counselors. A lunchtime panel discussion with William and 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 and counselors of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning
Registration

Registration is now open for the 2015 Focusing on the Future conference, which will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Click here to access the brochure and registration form [pdf]. For group registration (more than 10 attendees), please contact SEP at 757-221-2166.

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 and Counselor Workshops

Parents and counselors have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, which will assist them in guiding their children and students with academic and career planning.