Focus on Counselors Initiative

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NAPE recognizes that counselors are a valuable and untapped resource for increasing student awareness and interest in STEM careers. To meet the needs of counselors, NAPE has developed research-based workshops, webinars, and a toolkit to aid counselors in introducing a variety of CTE and STEM careers and opportunities to students using positive and effective messaging.

STEM Career Toolkit

This turn-key STEM Career Exploration Toolkit is designed to effectively reach and encourage every student to consider a future career in STEM. The toolkit includes a booklet that describes the research, rationale, and purpose of the toolkit; four interactive career exploration activities for student engagement with explicit lesson plans for implementation; and specific resources and tools for recruitment of girls.

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The activity worksheets are available for download. The PDF will download after you complete a brief survey that asks about how you plan to use the worksheet. The questions will help us improve our website resources. Thank you for your assistance!


Workshops present an overview of STEM careers, introduce positive messages for talking with students and parents, and connect the messaging with tools, activities, and resources, particularly targeting females. These workshops can be offered in-person in a variety of lengths and formats—typically 1-3 hours long.


Webinars are available for counselors on a variety of topics to support students’ interests in courses and programs for both CTE and STEM. Click here for an example.


Visit NAPE’s STEM Careers: Just for Students webpage. NAPE has also identified the following as excellent resources for parents and families:

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