Transition Education and Career Exploration, based on the New Jersey Department of Education core curriculum standards, is designed to expose students to skills necessary to become successful in a continuing education environment that is less structured than a traditional high school classroom. These skills are essential for continuing career development in the workforce as well as in a college, vocational, or technical school.
The Calais Transition Education program continues to grow in scope and content. The members of the Transition Education team work together to identify and plan activities for the program. Work experiences and evaluation criteria are prepared for each activity. Transition Education teachers work in coordination with Technology, Art, Music, Math, Science, and Language Arts teachers in providing high school students with the important skills needed for Career Awareness, Preparation and Employment.
Career Education and Awareness
Transition Education and Career Exploration Program Details
In addition to in-house opportunities at the School, special visits to corporations and businesses; a firm relationship with the construction trades; job shadowing and internships; and guest speakers all play a role in career exploration and, in some instances, placement.
Areas for Transition Planning:
Independent Living Skills:
Adult Service Linkages:
• Communication skills include interpersonal skills, anger management, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills;
The 12+ PLUS program for grade 12 students includes high school students who have completed their basic academic program and are seeking entrance into a continuing education, career entry training or direct work preparatory program. Unlike a traditional Transition Education program, this program will focus solely on hands-on experiences in preparation for a career path opportunity.
The integration of Transition Education and Career Exploration enhances the goals of both areas. By providing essential life-skills development, social skills training, and social and emotional support, students are assessed on their ability to master the skills in all of these areas.
Success in this program relies on Differentiation and Integration. The basic essentials involve knowing how your students learn, and how to best present your lessons. We know that all students learn through the implementation of specific modalities. Lecturing, or students reading aloud or quietly, definitely does not insure that all students comprehend the concepts presented. Knowing how your individual student learns and teaching to those strengths accomplishes two objectives:
1. Students are more apt to focus on the learning aspect and better understand the concepts presented;
Integration of academic concepts across all areas, including music, physical education, art, and world language, reinforces the application of the concepts presented. Students are more likely to include those applications as part of their learning process and critical thinking skills development. Integration requires close communication between classroom and counseling professionals.
Counseling support is also essential to help students assimilate the paradigm process for differentiation and integration. Counselors can provide close support by addressing associated issues in group and individual counseling sessions. Working with the classroom professionals, the counselors function as the liaison between the student and teacher. The benefit to the counselors and teachers will be the opportunity to focus on the threats and opportunities to individual learning.
A) Consumer Education:
B) Basic Skills Development:
C) Job Sampling:
b. Office-related activities:
c. Building maintenance:
d. Media/library practices:
The Calais School Mission
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