This site describes a 3-year, nationwide project which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the project was to improve school-to-work options for secondary school students with disabilities. Included are descriptions of how to incorporate school-based and work-based learning, as well as connecting activities.
Type of Material:
This site could act as a reference point for prospective teachers as they encounter students with a variety of disabilities and transition needs.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The main objective of the site is to describe this national project. While one could use the ideas described to write a similar project, it is not a learning object of the type usually included in MERLOT.
Target Student Population:
Students/professional interested in learning more about developing school-to-work programs for children and youth with disabilities.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None except basic website operation skills.
Evaluation and Observation
The information provided in this site includes background of the School-to-Work Outreach Project, exemplary project models, a fact sheet about school-to-work activities, and other links to transition-based organizations, centers, etc. The basic information regarding transition issues is significant for anyone studying to become a special education teacher. This would be considered core content for the discipline. The information contained here could easily be incorporated into lectures and/or class activities. For graduate level courses specifically focusing on career issues, the exemplary project models are a unique way to study best practice as it relates to individuals with disabilities and employment issues.
A section regarding the background and definition of transition issues/terms would be beneficial for a newcomer to this topic.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is well suited to the advanced study of transition issues for students with disabilities. After thoroughly investigating this site, teachers in training will have a sound understanding of what school-to-work means, as well as the essential elements of an exemplary program model. The students most likely to benefit from this information are those who are in the end of their coursework toward a credential in special education because it includes a more specific application of special education procedures. Students preparing to teach in the secondary grades would find it most beneficial. Several case studies are included which could serve as the basis of in-class activities.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is extremely easy to navigate. The page layouts are consistent and easy to read. No technical support should be needed