K – 12 Programs

The Education Flowork Program works with Kindergarten (K) through 12 institutions to ensure their students become aware of the power of social capital. Train-the-trainer sessions are provided for teachers to allow them to incorporate a social capital lesson plan into their existing curriculum. Teachers will be equipped with the tools to teach their students the importance of networking and linking contacts to personal, academic and career goals. This program allows students to learn first hand how networking helps them to gather information regarding their future career and educational path.

The K-12 Flowork program involves:

1. Certification of teachers including follow-up

2. Complete social capital lesson plan

3. Social Network Management Kits

4. Designated Flowork Representative

The Flowork K-12 program addresses a number of issues including; retention, academic performance, career path selection and behavioral issues.

Sample Lesson Plan Overview

Flowork presents an effective 10-class module program focused on social networking that can be part of the following curriculums:
  • Technology and Media Computer and Technology Literacy
  • 21st Century Skills Career and Technical Education
  • Family/Consumer/Lifestyle Sciences Career and School to Work Education

The program focuses on:
  • Improving student social networking competencies
  • Increasing students access to social resources which support their goals
  • Maintaining interest for students once they set their goals
  • Encouraging and supporting student goal setting and achievement using social networks
  • Reducing student dependency on teacher support by getting students to leverage other resources from their network (i.e. students, parents, community leaders)
The Flowork Social Networking Program
The Flowork Social Networking Program provides a systematic process of identifying and managing social network resources which support students’ goals and objectives. The program will motivate students to network with people who can help them accomplish their goals and increase their likelihood for success. The program involves a social network assessment, goal setting process, network mapping, action plan development and relationship building tools through both online and hands-on materials. Additionally support will be provided to students by reinforcing the importance of social networks as a critical 21st Century resource for goal attainment and as a resource for relevant and up to date information regarding their achievement of these goals.

The Flowork Social Networking Program was designed to systematically guide students through the necessary steps to increase their utilization of the social resources that exist within their network. More specifically, the Flowork Social Networking Program involves five areas:
  1. Assessing network accessibility – social networking competencies (ability level) that includes information gathering, initiating contacts, network spanning, self-awareness, confidence, flexibility, and communication preference (social networking).
  2. Setting networked goals (i.e. career related, academic achievement, etc.) includes integrating a goal development process into the curriculum, as well as illustrating concepts, skills, applications, and pedagogical strategies that promote goals which can easily be communicated to the network.
  3. Linking social network members to goals set (network mapping) includes getting students to think and constructing network maps to determine who in their social network can help students achieve their goals.
  4. Mobilizing social network resources around their set goals (goal attainment) includes initiating the process for capitalizing on relationships and opportunities within their social networks to achieve their goals.
  5. Creating paths to attainment of goals (action plan) includes identifying their goal path and linking their social network resources to successfully move forward towards their goals.
Assessments and Tools:
  • Self Exploration Learning Form: The Social Exploration Learning Form (SELF) is designed to help students learn about their ability to access resources from their social networks. The form guides student through three phases of social exploration:
  • Assessment Phase – helps students’ identify and improve specific social networking behaviors that impact their ability to CAPITALIZE on their social networks.
  • Network Audit Phase – is a social network audit process that assists students in identifying and mapping their social networks.
  • Opportunity Development Phase – assists students in developing specific social networking strategies to accomplish their goals

The Social Network Manager Board:
This tool provides a visual representation of the social networking process and what students do to gather information. The board allows students to monitor their information gathering process and helps identify strategies to increase the flow of information from their social network in