Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career Planning

Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/26/2020 10:40:00 AM

Hempfield School District is implementing a K-12 college and career planning software called Xello. Xello is an engaging program that helps students explore and build individualized career plans for their future, coupled with knowledge of the skills required for various careers. We are excited to fully implement this program to promote deeper student and family engagement in ongoing career readiness and post-secondary exploration! 

  • Xello began rolling out in our elementary schools this school year.
  • Formerly, career planning lessons were collected in Schoology in a “Guidance” course. 
  • School Counselors are introducing the program to students by grade level, specifically focusing on intermediate grade (Grades 3-6) levels first.
  • Online software modules allow all students in all buildings to receive the same career and college planning services. 
  • Students will complete online modules as part of career readiness awareness and preparation.
  • The online modules do not replace other career and college planning opportunities that school counselors implement, such as the North Museum, Junior Achievement, Career Cafes, guest speakers, and personal classroom lessons.
  • School Counselors created videos to teach students how to access and start working on Xello.  
  • Parents and guardians can see what students are doing and the resulting career awareness and preparation activities.
  • School Counselors and teachers are given real-time updates on student progress in Xello. The program captures feedback, such as student interests and strengths that are reported to the school for further exploration.
  • Students will explore and build an “Academic and Career Readiness” plan by Grade 8.
  • Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.