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Transition Tidbits February 13, 2023

Good Super Bowl Morning Everyone 

Hope you were able to get a little sleep after the game last night. This week we have a few good resources to pass along. Please take a minute to check out two upcoming events. The first flyer is about a forthcoming FAFSA event and the second is an OCALI Spotlight on how County Boards of DD can use technology in the classroom.

Education Planner

Taxonomy Connection- Student Development- Life, social, and emotional skills- Self-Determination Skills Development 

  • Very cool resource for families, students, and counselors. For parents, there is information about what the ACT / SAT scores mean. There is a scholarship search, tips for their child and money management, and so much more. Counselors can make use of career cluster activities, prepare for school checklists, and even use this site as a computer lab activity. For students, again there are many checklists for them to explore. There are also self-reflections such as; what is your learning style, what study habits you need to improve, and much more. So many of the student activities can be transition AATA, activities, or both. 

Career Clusters Pathways

Taxonomy Connection- Student Development- Employment and Occupational Skills- Career planning is embedded 

  • Ohio Means Jobs has had its ups and downs since the redesign but this website is really great. Sometimes our AATA does a great job of identifying a career pathway for a student but our student may not know specific jobs to explore. This website breaks down each career pathway into entry-level, intermediate, advanced, or expert jobs. Students can also click on the jobs and learn more about those specific ones. This is a great career exploration transition activity. Think about how you can pair it with a writing assignment to create a transition activity that can be used as an AATA for the next IEP. 

Science of Well-Being For Teen

Taxonomy Connection- Student Development- Life, social, and emotional skills 

  • Thanks to our PBIS Team friends in our office for this great resource. This is a free online course that will teach teens how to improve their well-being. Below is the course description from the website; don’t forget this is free. 

    • This 6-week course aims to curb this mental health crisis by combining the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life. In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will ultimately prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.

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