There is a Life Beyond School


Our 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 states 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 supports teachers in 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.  Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 11.37.56 AM

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”Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 11.51.59 AM

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

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.

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  • Home

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.

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  • Social

Social lessons will help teach students skills to build and maintain positive social interaction with friends, family and people in their communities.  The lesson library includes lessons to help students do things like avoid unusual behavior, call when running late, and accept feedback and correction.

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  • Leisure

An important aspect of independence that often gets overlooked is leisure.  As teachers, it is our job to ensure that students leave school with the skills they need to enjoy themselves independently, whether this means playing a computer game or listening to music.

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  • Employment

One of the most significant ways teachers prepare students for independent life outside of school is to prepare them for successful employment.  The employment library focuses on helping students build the skills they need to acquire and maintain a job.

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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 can track your student’s success as they become increasingly independent and prepared for life beyond school!

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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

In the meantime, check out this free webinar to discover even more tips on Teaching Transition: Helping Students Prepare for Life Beyond School!
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