To be competitive in the 21st Century, students like Jesse and Jose must have the knowledge and skills to succeed in and beyond high school.
Jesse had wanted to go to college, but now that he had been offered a full time job at Upland Tire he wanted to drop out. He said his courses were too hard and would not make any difference anyway. He finally agreed to try the new career preparation course. Once he began to see the real world relevance between his core academic classes and The Transitions Curriculum activities, he changed his mind. Two years later, Jesse was a High school graduate and on his way to finishing Community College.
Jose was failing in his core subjects but was determined to stay in school and earn a diploma. Jose’s reading skills were deficient. His resource teacher was working with him every day, but progress was slow. Jose entered the career class and became the star. By participating in the real world activities and sharing projects with other students who were working at their own levels, he gained confidence and a new appreciation of how improved reading skills would help him in the real world. At the same time he learned work related skills from The Transitions Curriculum, he was applying core academics. By the end of the year everyone was happy to see Jose complete school, sign up for continuing education and start a part time job.
The white paper Common Core Standards and The Transitions Curriculum: The Transitions Curriculum Prepares Students for College and Career Through Real Life Application of the Common Core State Standards, by Louise Fulton, Ed.D. & Rebecca Silva, Ph.D., explains the relationship between the Common Core Standards and The Transitions Curriculum. Both are critically important and needed for students to become literate, productive, and successful adults in the US workforce and society. Although The Transitions Curriculum is not designed to teach CCS skills, it is designed to support and enhance the skills students learn in core courses.
Students who advance through school with the Common Core State Standards become literate individuals mastering skills and abilities to increase success in college, career and adult life. According to the Common Core State Initiative (2012), 1 young people will be able to:
The Transitions Curriculum reinforces all seven of these skills and abilities. So, to reach a higher level of performance, students should have the advantage of both the CCS and The Transitions Curriculum. The Transitions Curriculum employs core academic skills, but it also imparts its own core skills such as responsibility, self-‐esteem, and self-‐management centered on learning how to function as an effective adult whether in college, career, or community.
The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.
Dr. James Stanfield, Ed.D.