Our new Transition Curriculum will help your students be ready for it.
While graduation rates for students with disabilities have steadily improved over the years, students with disabilities are much more likely to to be underemployed and underprepared for life beyond school than their general education peers. When the nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), was updated in 2004, changes were made to the existing transition requirements to address this discrepancy, including new mandates requiring districts to provide more intensive supports for the increasing number of students with disabilities who were graduating from high school. One of these mandates was that by the age of 16, transition planning must be a part of every student’s IEP. In some state’s transition planning is mandated to begin at the age of 14.
In order to address this need for more robust transition planning, Rethink has enlisted the help of renowned special educator and transition expert, Dr. Peter Gerhardt to help create an entirely new curriculum, launched last week, that teachers start planning for transition early so their students will be ready for life beyond high school.
I. Getting Started
To explore the Transition Curriculum, navigate to your student’s lesson library, select the “Transition” tab and scroll through the different categories.
To add a lesson to your student’s learning plan, simply select the checkbox next to the lesson title and scroll to the bottom of the screen to select “add to plan.”
Once added to your plan, each lesson will appear in your child’s learning plan under the “transition tab”
Each lesson will include a lesson plan, IEP goals and objectives, and lesson materials and/or a task analysis.
II. The Curriculum
The curriculum is divided into five domains: community, home, social, leisure, and employment, each with its own library of lessons.
Community lessons are aimed at helping students build the skills they need to function independently in the community, from using public transportation to eating and ordering at restaurants.
Home lessons will help students build skills toward becoming independent in the home environment. This library will include lessons that help students with everything from cooking to personal hygiene.
Social lessons will help teach students skills to help them build and maintain positive social interaction with friends, family and people in their communities. The lesson library includes lessons to help them do things like avoid unusual behavior, call when running late and accepting feedback and correction.
An important aspect of independence that often gets overlooked is ensuring that students leave school with the skills they need to enjoy themselves independently, whether this means playing a computer game or listening to music.
One of the most significant way teachers prepare students for independent life outside of school is to prepare them for to be successfully employed. The employment library will focus on helping students build the skills they need to get and maintain a job.
III. Recording Data and Tracking Progress
Like all Rethink lessons, Transition lessons fully integrate with Rethink’s data collection and progress reporting tools so you track your student’s success as they become increasingly independent and prepared for life beyond school!
To find out more about how the Transition Curriculum and the other tools Rethink has to offer can be utilized at your school or organization, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org