Academic and Career Education - Transition Program
Program Teacher: Melissa Baldassari
Functional life skills are necessary for everyday living. They include the areas of home, community, socialization, and employment. The purpose of the Transition program is to give young adults who have completed their high school experience the skills, tools, and support needed to achieve personal and vocational goals, self-confidence, and independence until the age of 21. The amount of support each student receives, along with the amount of independence given, depends on the individual student. Independence and self-confidence are strongly emphasized in this program.
As this is a functional skills program, all academics are addressed through the life skills curriculum.
The focus in math is primarily money. Students are continuously working on understanding if they have enough money to make a purchase, how much various items and services usually cost, how much items cost based on sale information, discounts obtained from using coupons, and budgeting. Some concepts discussed include estimating cost by rounding up to the nearest dollar, understanding how to pay for needs and wants, sale signs such as "Buy 2 get 1 Free" and "3/$5.00." Students also are taught measuring and quantity through cooking skills.
The focus of functional reading instruction is reading and understanding information needed for everyday living and work. For example, reading and understanding labels on items such as cleaning products, medication, and laundry tag directions; product uses; applications; and forms. This year, students are also studying vocabulary based on units of study. They utilize a sight-word program based on Fry’s list of 1,000 sight words.
Functional writing includes completing forms and applications, responding to questions, making lists, writing personal information, and writing about weekend and vacation activities by including information based on the “WH's” (who, what, where, and when).
Social studies and science are addressed largely through understanding weather reports and discussing current events. News 12 clips will be watched and discussed daily.
Social skills are addressed throughout the day. There are also social skills-based lessons which include initiating and maintaining a conversation, staying on topic, body language and facial expressions, giving and accepting feedback, interrupting appropriately, as well as interacting with your boss. The school social worker also teaches a social skills class once each week.
Vocational skills are worked on daily at job sites and within the classroom. Students practice and review job skills and responsibilities within the classroom and put them into practice at the various job sites. These job sites include restaurants, major retailers, local merchants, and food service.
Fundraising events are experienced from inception to fruition. Students aid many families in the community who are in need due to weather devastation, loss of home,and hunger. Many skills are in use from collection of items, monies, inventory, finance, and delivery.