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Innovative Cajon Valley curriculum setting students up for success

Posted at 5:46 PM, Nov 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An innovative K-12 curriculum created by the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) is gaining nationwide attention.

World of Work aims to tackles problems seen in the education system head-on.

"The programs that we have here at Fuerte are really empowering the students to think differently. They are really empowering them to challenge the adults to rethink education," said Kristen Goodrich, Principal of Fuerte Elementary.

Through various activities, students discover which of six personality traits fits them best and the careers that could be a good match.

It's called the RIASEC Model:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

On Tuesday, education and state leaders toured schools in the district as part of the ExcelinEd 2019 National Summit on Education Reform.

"I jumped at the opportunity because it sounds like there's a lot of things going right here," said Wendy Horman, an Idaho State Representative.

World of Work students receive hands-on experiences, meet a professional in the career, and practice skills needed in that career.

By fourth grade, students are creating resumes, and by fifth, they're applying for jobs and doing interviews.

"This is where education is going, 100 percent," said Goodrich.

World of Work is now in several California districts, as well as districts in other states, including Illinois and Texas.