Project: Careers & The Recession

Teacher: Matthew Herbert
School: Highland Park HS
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 02/02/2010
End Date: 03/05/2010
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:


Students will choose a career interest. Once selected, students will do independent research into what exactly goes into that career as well as what impact the current economic recession has left on the career both in terms of available careers, income and modified job descriptions. For instance, a student interested in going into high school coaching may discover that as a result of the recession, states are cutting school budgets and accordingly sports programs. Therefore, across the U.S. coaching addendums are shrinking and opportunities are decreasing.


Civics/Government: Benchmark 4, Indicator 6 - analyzes issues regarding economic freedoms within the United States (e.g free enterprise, individual choice, government regulation). Economics: Benchmark 1, Indicator 3: Explains how people respond to incentives in order to allocate scarce resources Economics: Benchmark 1, Indicator 4: Explains how economic choices made by individuals can have unintended consequences. Economics: Benchmark 5, Indicator 1: Describes how various jobs and employment are impacted by changes in the economy.



Grade Level:


Content Area:


Student Outcomes:

Research Paper and Presentation to the class using PowerPoint and other Microsoft-based publishing software

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Evaluations will take place on an ongoing basis and in the final products. Grading will be split up in thirds: 1/3 for research and effort in class on project; 1/3 for research paper; 1/3 for presentation.

Teacher Role:

My role will be to introduce and direct the research and encourage positive communication between students and mentors. An introductory class period will be used to show varying resources that can be used to track job availability/pay.

Mentor Role:

The role of the mentor will be to challenge the student(s) to go beyond what they initially produce in terms of quality reflecting college-readiness: research, writing, presentation, and curriculum knowledge. My hope is this program will offer a second voice for the kids and offer help in their research and writing skills as they learn the curriculum.