Transition Tips for Teachers
Make sure the assessment process is comprehensive and ongoing
Gather transition assessment data throughout the school year in a variety of environments to assist students in developing career interests, functional skills, and work-related behaviors.
Develop and provide work experiences to students while in school
A variety of work experiences emphasizing work-based learning, such as job shadowing, school-based internships, community-based experiences, volunteering, or paid employment, will assist students to build their skill sets, explore interests, and increase their understanding of work expectations.
Teach students about careers and career readiness
Teachers should make sure students have knowledge of the career and technology courses available within their schools.
Use transition assessment data to drive instruction
If a student has identified a particular postsecondary outcome, then instruction and transition services should support the attainment of that outcome.
Montevideo Middle School Peer Mentoring Program
Four years ago, Linda Dillashaw and Janine Bailey started teaching at Montevideo Middle School and wanted to shake things up a bit. They inherited a long-standing mentoring experience for students with moderate and multiple disabilities that they both thought could take the next step. Taking it to the next step involved not only involving students with disabilities in general education settings, but also adding an educational component for the mentors.
Duds & Dough
Several years ago, Wise County Public Schools identified that a lack of work experience opportunities hindered skills development and future job opportunities for their students. In response, they developed and implemented Duds & Dough to address a lack of opportunities for students to learn work skills in authentic environments.
For the past three years, TEACH has provided students with classroom instruction on career preparation topics such as effective communication, listening techniques, self-advocacy, resume building, and job interviewing. Students also participate in internships with seven local businesses throughout the year which provide them with job training and inclusion in the community.