• Career One Stop offers information about career exploration, training and jobs.
  • Centervention offers free lessons, activities, and printables – in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.
  • CFWV is a free website from the WV Higher Education Policy Commission that offers college and career exploration and planning.
  • Everfi offers free digital lessons focused on topics like health and wellness, social skills and character education, and academics.
  • The, “Get a Life” program, offered by the WV State Treasurer’s Office, is a hands-on financial education experience that engages students with realistic family budget scenarios.
  • The Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide is a literacy curriculum resource designed for use in schools (grades 7-10).
  • Overcoming Obstacles is a free, award-winning, and research-based curriculum that provides educators with the tools to teach elementary, middle, and high school students life skills. With hundreds of activity-based lessons covering more than 30 critical social and emotional skills, students learn how to communicate effectively, make informed decisions, set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts, solve problems, respect one another, and more.
  • Pathways WV is a collection of resources, tools and people to help students with disabilities, through the journey from youth to adulthood.
  • Practical Money Skills offers lesson plans to help spark students’ curiosity and improve their financial literacy.
  • Step By Step: College Awareness and Planning Middle School Curriculum is a free curriculum to help middle school students explore and assess interests, strengths, and academic habits; gain a basic understanding of college options; understand how high school courses lead to college success; and realize the importance of building a support network to help with college goal attainment.
  • Teaching Tolerance is a free resource to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.
  • WVDE Body Safety Toolkit is a comprehensive toolkit on Body Safety Education for students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
  • Common Sense Media provides free lessons and resources on digital citizenship and safety for students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
  • WVBE Policy 2510 (p. 12 – 23)
  • WVBE PEP Requirements
  • PEP Template: This template was designed by WVDE staff to assist counties/schools in developing a new template or revising their current ISTP template to align with PEP and graduation requirements. This is an optional format. Schools may revise their old templates or create their own templates:
  • PEP Signature page (Schools must have a process to ensure every student updates the PEP annually. PEPS must have a Signature/process page documenting the involvement of the counselor, advisor, student by securing the signature of PEP development participants. This is a sample signature page if a paper format is being used. Additionally, this form will document student data (inventories, assessments, career exploration activities, etc.) used to guide PEP development.)
  • Personalized Education Plan (PEP) Checklist

Career exploration engages middle school students at a time when they are at a higher risk for disengaging from learning due to challenges in forming identity, coping with puberty and navigating new environments. It also capitalizes on their developing abilities to think abstractly, and their preferences for teamwork and active learning through relevant real-life scenarios. These preferences make middle school a natural time for students to learn about careers and develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork through career exploration activities.

The Career Exploration page is designed to support counties in developing their comprehensive middle school career exploration experience.