• Education Careers Core Syllabus

    Cailotto, LHS         

    Course Description: Education Careers Core is a process-oriented course.  Students will explore education as an area of study through reading, writing, and discussion, as well as through participation in whole-group, small-group and individual projects, activities, and simulations.  Students will also participate in a weekly field experience ‘lab’ internship off-campus at a Brentwood Union school site, pre-school, or on-campus at the County SPED building or LHS. The lab experience requires maturity and responsibility and is a PRIVILEGE that is earned. ANY misbehavior can result in loss of off-campus privilege: This includes conduct problems in other classes, during lunch and passing periods; negative social media behavior during/after school; as well as behavior problems on and off campus before/after school.

    Course Outcomes: Students will be familiar with issues related to teaching and learning in the following areas: the learner, schools, teachers, teaching, and lesson planning.  Students will also be familiar with current events in education, as well as research methodologies and scholarly writing in the social sciences.


    Course Materials: Education Careers Core Binder or Booklet (provided, do not remove from D1); Lab workbook journal pages (provided); A single-subject college- or wide-ruled notebook ONLY for this class; Completed permission packet for work experience (signed and returned before working off campus).



    The grading system is weighted as follows: 

    Assignments/Classwork = 20%

    Papers/Projects = 15%

    Homework = 10%                                                            

                   Lab Attendance = 15%

                   Lab Journal = 10%

                   Tests = 15%                                                                                                                                                

    Class Participation* = 15% 


    *Class Participation – Class participation is graded.  Students must be in class on time and fully ‘present’ in the process in order to learn and achieve.  Tardiness and off-task behavior (e.g. doing homework for other courses, sleeping, attending to personal hygiene or personal correspondence, talking, etc.) will result in loss of participation points and lower grade for course.  No make-up work can be provided for participation points lost due to absence. Extra credit field experience will be included in class participation grade.  Extra credit field work is included in class participation grade.


    Tardiness/Truancy - Liberty attendance policy will be enforced.  Work turned in after TRUANCY (as verified by ABI) will receive 0% grade.  I usually check the attendance record at each grading period (monthly), so be sure to get all absences cleared as soon as possible. Off-campus lab truancy will be handled accordingly:  1st ‘cut’ = parent notification and attendance refocus/contract.  2nd ‘cut’ = Withdrawal from off-campus lab to an on-campus job-shadowing placement for remainder of the school year will replace off-campus lab. Continued truancy will be handled by discipline referral.


    Lab Attendance – Lab attendance is confirmed in two ways.  School or site sign-in sheets can be faxed to LHS attendance and classroom teachers confirm attendance by email directly to Mrs. Cailotto.  It is possible, but difficult, to make up lab hours.  Make-up hours must be arranged with the lab mentor in advance.  Lab attendance is mandatory and extremely important! Non-attendance to lab (including excused absences) may result in loss of internship privilege. The Education Careers Core job-shadowing lab is like a job. Non-attendance for any reason is grounds for loss of off-campus privilege.


    Dress CodeTHE DRESS CODE OF THE LAB SITE must be followed exactly (note that in most cases their dress code is more restrictive than ours and strictly enforced).  Students reprimanded for lab dress code violations will receive lower lab grade for each violation and possible disciplinary action.

    Discipline – Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behavior.  Students who display lack of self-control should expect teacher-directed discipline measures such as: student-teacher conference, seating change, and in-class contract.  Chronic discipline problems will be dealt with via formal referral, parent notification, and ‘official’ discipline contract with Administration office. Also, any discipline referral for aggressive or disrespectful behavior will result in loss of off-campus lab privilege. Our cooperating school sites trust we are sending students in good standing to work with their students, so any suspension can result in loss of off-campus lab privilege.

    Social Media - See permission packet for details. Since you work with children in the community, absolutely no posts, comments, or pictures about drugs, alcohol or other illegal behavior. In addition, negative posts about Liberty students, teachers, classmates, posts about personal 'drama,’ or cyber-bullying may result in loss of off-campus work experience privilege. Our cooperating school sites welcome role models on their campuses. Less than role model behavior is inappropriate and not welcome.


    Academic Honesty – All incidences of ‘cheating’ will result in 0% grade for project/assignment/test (this includes all forms of plagiarism).  Chronic cheating will result in formal disciplinary action.


    Make-up Work –ALL absences negatively affect learning, however work missed due to excused absences can be made up.  TRUANCY = 0% recorded for project/assignment/test.Absences are verified according to ABI*.

    *Please take a close look at the LHS student handbook. http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/cms/lib7/CA01001129/Centricity/Domain/786/Student_Handbook2011-2012.pdf  EXCUSED absences include things like illness, health appointments, funerals, and court appearances ONLY.  Absences due to other factors - accidentally sleeping in, car trouble, family vacation, hair appointments, etc. – are recorded as UNEXCUSED – EVEN WHEN A PARENT CALLS IN to “clear” the absence!


    Late Work –Assignments and homework must be turned in on time to receive full credit. Projects, homework, and papers that are turned in late will lose points equivalent to one full letter grade for each day past due. Deadlines for late work are posted quarterly. Late work cannot be turned in during following quarter(s) for credit.



    E-mail:  Cailotto@luhsd.net I check email multiple times during day, including weekends. Please call the school and ask secretary to email me your concerns.

    Remind: Text communication from me to you. (Details given in class. Only sign up for Remind if you have unlimited texting plan).

    Minga: School social media

    Phone: Call school and leave details with secretary if you cannot reach me by email. Since communication about your student is confidential and Liberty teachers do not have offices for making private phone calls, there is very limited opportunity for me to chat on the phone about your student’s progress.. I almost always have students in my classroom, including during lunch, prep periods, and after school. This is the main reason why email is preferred method of communication.







    Education Careers Core                                         Cailotto, Liberty High School

    1 Print STUDENT Name: _______________________________________________________

    2 Period (circle one): 1 or 5

    3 Sign up for Remind: Required for students, optional for parents.

    4 Review course syllabus on my website https://ca01001129.schoolwires.net/Domain/848

    • Education Careers Core Video Notification – During the course of the school year, we may view video presentations about teaching, learning, and schools (most have been approved as curriculum by LUHSD). Titles include: Stand and Deliver, The Ernest Green Story, Dangerous Minds, Freedom Writers’ Diary, Bully, The Ron Clark Story, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Teach, Please include a note below if you do not give your student permission to view these films/documentaries. Your student will be given alternate reading assignments in place of these films/documentaries and accompanying notes or worksheets.
    • Education Careers Core Course Understanding – We understand Education Careers Core is a process-oriented, experience-based career elective that includes a work experience internship lab. Attendance to class AND lab periods is required and graded. We understand that alternate assignments cannot be arranged in the event of lengthy or chronic absences (there is no textbook to work from at home or assignments or extra credit that can be taken in place of course and lab experiences). We also acknowledge that off-campus work experience placement is a PRIVILEGE that is earned on a day-to-day, week-by-week basis, and that internship placement is dependent upon positive conduct on and off campus, as well as online: ANY discipline referral or suspension will likely also result in temporary or permanent loss of off-campus internship privilege. ONLY Liberty students in good standing are eligible to work in the community with children and cooperating teachers at local school sites.
    • LMC Articulation Credit – Education Careers Core students must earn A or B grades both semesters to earn college credits at Los Medanos College (CHDEV 32).

    5 Sign and Date:

    • __________________________________________________            _____________

    Student Signature                                                                                             Date

    • __________________________________________________             _____________

    Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                Date

    *IEP or 504 (Please provide brief overview as case managers do not update or send accommodations until we are a week or more into the semester): _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________