RTLE

Roads to
Learning and Earning


Guide for Students

go for a SPIN (Strengths, Preferences, Interests, Needs)
Objectives, activities, and resources that guide teachers in formal and informal transition assessments with students and families to reflect individualized goals during and after school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

Work with your teacher and support team to tell them what you are good at, what you need help with, and what you like to help you succeed at work, at school, and with living goals.

Activities

Informal assessments that the teacher may give or ask you to help give your son/daughter.
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Driver's Seat
Objectives, activities, and resources focused on what teachers, families, and students can do to take charge of future goals and make appropriate plans during and after high school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objective

With help from your teacher and family, attend and lead your IEP meetings.

Activities

  • Go to your IEP meeting
  • In the IEP meeting, talk about what you like and want to do
  • Lead your IEP meetings

Objective

With support from your family and teachers, talk about your strengths and weaknesses and what you truly need, in and out of the classroom, to be successful.

Activities

  • Ask for what you need
  • Know about your strengths and weaknesses
  • Make choices that make you comfortable
  • Make good choices and think about what happens to others with the choice you made
  • Think about what you do and how it affects you and those around you

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

Work with your teachers and family to meet goals during and after high school for work, school, and living on your own in the community.

Activities

  • Break bigger goals into smaller ones
  • Make a long-term plan for school, work, and living in your community
  • Talk about plans/goals with your family about what you will do after you graduate
  • Look at your IEP goals to make sure they help you after high school
  • Decide with your family and teacher what kind of diploma you will get when you finish school
  • Ask questions each year about the diploma you are working towards

Objective

With help as needed from your teacher and family, find a doctor and dentist, learn how to save money, and find ways to be active in your community.

Activities

  • Map out supports needed to achieve your goals after high school with support agencies
  • Learn how to visit doctors and dentists
  • Get a photo ID card
  • Learn about Social Security Income and saving money
  • Learn about Miranda Rights
  • Learn about what it means to be your own guardian after 18 and talk with your family about whether you might be your own guardian
  • Men sign up for Selective Service

Objective

With help from your teacher and family, attend and lead your IEP meetings.

Activities

  • Go to your IEP meeting
  • Attend your IEP meetings and talk about what you like and want to do
  • Lead your IEP meetings
  • Make a plan to be independent
  • Help write your Summary of Performance (SOP) in your IEP

Objective

With your teacher and family, role play and discuss how to get along with others and make decisions.

Activities

  • Make good choices and think about what happens to others with the choice you made
  • Use good behavior at home and with coworkers
  • Help your family and teachers make your daily schedule with what you would like to do
  • Manage your day to day schedule

Objective

With support from your family and teachers, talk about your disability needs and what you need in and out of the classroom to be successful.

Activities

  • Make important choices, work with all types of people, and have high expectations for yourself
  • Know about your disability and needs
  • Ask for what you need
  • Find your voice and talk about what you truly want and not what others want for you
  • Talk about your strengths and needs for work and school with others
  • Make choices that make you comfortable
  • Talk to your teacher and families about what they think you can do and what you know you can do in regular classrooms and work settings
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Road to Work
Objectives, activities, and resources that teachers, families, and students can work on together to plan for successful employment after school.

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

With help from your support network, practice steps for getting a job such as writing resumes, filling out job applications, and practicing interview skills.

Activities

  • Start making a resume, portfolio, or video resume so that you can use these when you apply for jobs
  • Practice interviewing for jobs
  • Go to job fairs to learn about jobs
  • Talk to Vocational Rehabilitation so they can help you get a good job
  • Find a summer job near home

Objective

With help from your teacher, family, and employers, learn work skills that are needed to do well on a job during and after school hours

Activities

  • With your teacher or family's help, learn what makes you do your best at work
  • Go to work during school hours with your teacher as much as you can to learn good work skills
  • Make sure that you have copies of important documents for work like your birth certificate, social security card, tax forms, etc.
  • Get a real paid job in the community
  • Learn about ways to ask your boss and coworkers to help you on the job when you need it
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Road to College
Objectives, activities, and resources that teachers, families, and students can work on together in order to prepare for college.

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

With your teachers and family, keep looking up colleges on the internet and visit colleges to see which one best fits you.

Activities

  • Look at work and college websites to learn more about classes you might want to take, how much money you need, services you can get, where you will live, and how college students live
  • Learn about supports you can ask for in college
  • Go visit a college
  • Go to college fairs or college campuses to learn about different colleges
  • Connect with volunteer and community activities to increase your chances of being admitted to a college program

Objective

With help from your teacher and family, know big differences between high school and college.

Activities

  • Go with your teacher or family to learn about differences in college
  • Bring all documents that you need to college (recent psychological assessment, letters of reference, summary of performance)
  • Talk to your school guidance counselor about college
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Road to Community Living
Objectives, activities, and resources for teachers, families, and students that work towards successful independent living options after high school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

In school and at home, learn skills needed for safely living and getting around your community as much as you can on your own.

Activities

  • Learn about personal relationships and how families are made
  • Be in charge of your health care needs by making appointments, filing, and taking medicines on your own
  • Look into driver's education when the time is right and use local transportation systems such as the bus
  • While still in school, practice using a transportation plan you will do when you finish school

Objective

With help from your support team, take time to explore housing options, as well as how you will pay for them and who will help you from the community.

Activities

  • Register to vote
  • Go to community mapping meetings to help find community opportunities that will help after you graduate
  • Talk about where you want to live and how to pay for it
  • Start thinking about how you are going to pay for living on your own with a fixed income
  • Think about getting on a waiting list for low income housing
  • Add your name to the waiting list for residential placements in the state
  • Begin to think about what kind of insurance you will receive after high school
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