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What happens when college and career readiness starts in kindergarten?


By Genevra Walters
November 24th, 2015

As one district proves, you don’t have to wait until high school to expose students to their futures

Ask a third grader what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say “a doctor.” Adults know that anyone with a doctorate is technically a doctor, but for a young mind their idea of what a doctor is or does is narrow. It is only through repeated exposure to careers that students begin to expand those definitions and begin to think about their futures. At the Kankakee School District in Illinois, where I graduated from and now serve as superintendent, it’s a process that begins as early as preschool.

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