Blended Transitions: Putting Curriculum into Action
The purpose of this action research study is to investigate the implication of web based transitional learning curriculum to systematically study and address the gap between requisite skills and curriculum requirements for exceptional students whom have specialized needs in the area of transition. The curriculum will be the bridge between interest, knowledge, and performance skills necessary for post-secondary transition from high school to careers or educational settings. This will help ensure that the transition planning and process for students with exceptionalities will be systematic, comprehensive and based on student interest and diverse needs. Through the KVEC Special Education Transition Innovation Grant, the ONEDER Academy curriculum will be purchased to implement a blended transition and social-emotional learning curriculum to support a range of accommodations for exceptional students. Students will be actively involved engaged and take ownership of the project by participating in a web-based learning curriculum that will transition into real world experiences through career readiness and employment placements. Students will take pre/post work attitudinal surveys along with pre/post transitional curricular assessments to address the following two action research questions: Does the implementation of a transitional learning curriculum impact the exceptional student’s attitude, positively or negatively, towards occupational and educational outcomes when transitioning to post-secondary real-world activities? Does the transitional learning curriculum selected provide the necessary supports for exceptional students who are transitioning into post-secondary occupational and educational opportunities? By using this curriculum, students will be able to self-monitor progress, prepare for post-secondary careers as androgynous learners, and focus on specific learning outcomes as related to Indicator 13 Transition Goals.