August 23-25, 2021
Transition to Inclusive Life after High School: Self-Determination Instruction, Customized Employment and BC’s New Curriculum – 3 days
BC’s New Curriculum and Graduation Program are designed so that students graduate from secondary school as educated citizens, with the knowledge, competencies, and skills they will need to transition successfully into higher education, training and the workforce. To date, students with disabilities, particularly students with developmental disabilities, have had limited opportunities to transition to higher education, training and the work force.
This three-day strand focuses on current, evidence based high school transition practices for students with diverse abilities. An emphasis is placed on the predictors for an inclusive life after high school; self-determination and paid employment in the high school years. Participants will be shown detailed exemplars of research in practice. Specifically, participants will be shown the process of self-determination instruction, and students developing and acting upon their Self-Directed Life Plans with a focus on paid employment and customized employment practices in the high school years.
This three-day strand is led by Dr. Paul Malette and Deborah Simak of CBI Consultants (formerly Director of Learning Support, Burnaby School District). The three-day strand is interactive with inspiring British Columbia based stories and practices that support BC’s New Curriculum, core competencies and successful career-life development for all students. The strand emphasizes home, school, and community collaboration and systems change. The strand is designed for School Trustees, District Teams, School Based Teams, classroom teachers, educational assistants, parents, community agencies and CLBC staff. Participants are encouraged to come as teams to collaborate and leave the strand and Institute with action plans to put research into practice.