Transition is the meaningful practice of setting goals and attaining skills to move successfully from secondary to post-secondary environments. This course creates a space where students can develop self-advocacy and critical thinking skills to make decisions in real world settings. Students are posed with the question “What will life be like after high school?”
To solve this question, students are asked to embark on quests which lead to goals in the areas of employment, training or college, independent living, and community, recreation and leisure. Students investigate interests, strengths, needs and how to accommodate challenges. Students develop knowledge of how to self monitor and begin to work on gaining skills needed to complete goals, such as being able to: plan a meal, budget finances, use a checking account, improve interactions within the community, and apply for a job. During the semester, students will explore resources within their community to build a network of support. The culminating activity is to collaborate with family, schools, government and non-profit organizations to build a plan for success after high school that incorporates all these facets. Course materials include Internet resources and networking in each student’s community.