1. Learning in High School & Beyond

Learning in High School & Beyond

What ideas do you have to make sure education helps you and your peers become successful adults? This topic includes ideas for what teachers, counselors, school board members, families, and policymakers can do. These ideas can deal with any place where you may learn, including middle schools, high schools, community colleges, vocational schools, and universities. When you are ready to share your ideas click the Submit New Idea Button on the right to join the conversation!

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Behavioral challenges vs. disability

Most of the people classified as special education don't have disabilities, but rather, behavioral challenges. They are taken out of classrooms rather than being given necessary socioemotional supports to learn how to express emotions and deal with frustrations. This is especially challenging for kids who don't see that modeled at home. There is a study happening in Chicago about mindfulness whose implications should ...more »

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The chance to learn at grade level

Everyone should be able to learn and get a diploma, not just a certificate of completion. My school says I'm not college bound and teaches me 2nd grade level and work skills. I know more and I like science and history. I'm bored. They think I can't because I don't look like them and my hands don't work with my mind but I can.

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going to college and knowing the right accommodaion to succeed

I am going to college and its been a year. its been a hard year with out using accommodation but still doing my best to pass to the class. I was enlighten when one my good friend show me the center where I could get my accommodation for my learning disability. now I am sure this next semester would be less stressful .

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Inclusive Education = having a better life after school

So many schools are preparing kids to be great group home residents or segregated workshop employment. It is a great disservice and there's data to back up (more inclusion = more employment, independence, community involvement). The first step to quality transition to adult life is access to and participation in a quality general education program. CLOSE ALL CENTER PROGRAMS NOW! If this "continuum " is an option, ...more »

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Systemic Implementation of Universal Design for Learning

Disclosure and self-advocacy are important skills for youth with disabilities to manage, but the reality is that many will go through school and work without requesting the accommodations they need to be successful. To engage all learners (including but not limited to those with disabilities), school personnel, employers, and other caring adults can support the systemic implementation of Universal Design for Learning ...more »

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Here in Washington State standardized testing is used to evaluate teacher performance. This is suppose to weed out inept teachers. What happens is the teachers are teaching the test. Children are not instructed in subjects that lead to nationalism, community involvement, or how our economy works. A lot of the children I've spoken with are sure there is going to be another depression so why bother. I placate their parents ...more »

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Has anyone really considered the GRE as a barrier to success. If you look at it it's an industry controlled by one company. All of the testing book are produced by the same organization. It's developed to keep persons with disabilities (like myself) from achieving masters and Ph.D. recognitions. When I suffered through this seven hour experience I realized two, it was impossible to study for and second, the odds at blackjack ...more »

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Remember the idea of children shouldn't drink coffee as their brains are still developing. Why then does p-6 schools test for disabilities at the preschool and kindergarten ages. Testing should be ongoing. Some conditions like discalcula associated with Traumatic Brain Injury does not present until basic algebra or foreign language course work. Once a child begins to fall behind they begin to lose interest in being at ...more »

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Resources to Help Students with Transition

One resource that I think would be helpful is a transition checklist for parents and students starting in 8th grade about setting: IEP goals, contacting other government vocational programs, preparation for employment (paid and unpaid-volunteer/internship), preparation for post secondary education/vocational training.

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Title 130

I've spent four years as a sub para ed in a school district with 13 elementary, 6 middle and 5 high schools. I've worked in DD programs and resource rooms. Pulling a K-6 child out of class to help them with sight words and math helps the child become successful.Otherwise the child could fail and fall behind. If you want to change something forget the way math is taught. I've seena middle school math teacher attempt to ...more »

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