Career Prep

Xello is a new internet-based career exploration and planning tool that your student will be using this year to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Xello can be accessed from school, from home, or wherever your student has access to the internet. If you would like a parent account to view your student's Xello Career Plan, please contact Lisa Blondell at

To log in to Xello, go to
Student Username: swck-student ID number
For the first log in, students will enter their 8-digit birthdate for their password. Once they log in, they will be prompted to change their password.
What is an EDP?

EDP stands for Educational Development Plan.

Simply put, an EDP is a way of helping students plan their education.

To make any GOOD plan, it is important to know what it will take to make the plan work.

To make a GOOD EDP, a student must know:

  • His/Her interests
  • His/Her abilities… and “possibilities”
  • What is available
  • What it takes to get there

To help students find out what their interests are, we provide “interest inventories” where students answer questions based on what they like and don’t like. From a compilation of the student’s answers, and there are no wrong answers, suggestions are made to students to explore various occupations.

There are several ways for students to determine what their abilities are. Two of those ways include grades and test scores. Some other ways include things like hobbies (for example, making jewelry), personal traits (like organizing), and musical talents.

Helping students realize what is available in the Wide, Wide World of careers is the function of things such as:

  • Classroom discussions about careers related to specific subjects
  • Research (library, internet, interviews, etc.) careers of their choosing
  • Writing Papers about careers researched
  • Classroom speakers
  • Service Learning Projects and/or Community Service
  • Day-On-The-Job (or Job Shadowing) activities
  • Field studies (formerly called Field Trips)

Next, students focus on two or three careers and the type of education and/or training it will take to be successful in their career. Finally, the students use all the information they have discovered about themselves and the world around them to develop an EDP—their EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. Periodically, they revise their EDP based upon new things they have learned or experienced.

For Parents and Guardians: What is Xello?

Get Started for Parents/Guardians

An online portfolio where your child can develop and reflect on his or her academic, personal, and career exploration activities, and make plans for the future

World-renowned assessment tools to help your child identify his or her career interests, skills, abilities, and learning styles

Thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and related college programs

Interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profile

A general guideline of steps to follow from 8th through 12th grades to prepare for college including Career Cruising resources, websites, and tools to apply for college online along with funding sources

Comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tools to help your child find the right college and the right scholarships

Integrated with the EDP to help your child create, format, and print professional-looking resumes quickly and easily

Advice for all stages of the job search process, including developing a job search plan, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and adjusting to a new job