Everyone goes to work. We just may take different paths to get there. Some students go directly to work following high school while others choose to go on for further education and training prior to entering the workforce. Regardless, during secondary school, students need training on the specific skills needed for successful future employment such as
- work-related behavior,
- job seeking skills, and
- occupational specific skills.
Some students will obtain these skills through the general education curriculum, project-based activities, and/or service learning projects. Other students will require additional opportunities to learn, practice and demonstrate these skills through work experiences, school-based jobs, and supported employment.
No matter the ability or disability the expectation is that all students will become employed. View some highlights of employment outcomes in 100 Jobs in Indiana.
Evidence-based Practices: Examples for Employment
Lesson Plan Starters
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has many lesson plan starters to help teachers implement evidence-based practices. Click HERE for the lesson plan starter which outlines how to teach students specific employment skills using computer-aided instruction. To view all of the lesson plan starters related to employment, click HERE.
For many people with disabilities, an employment specialist (or job coach) will implement evidence-based practices and on-the-job instruction during supported employment. Throughout the supported employment process, the employment specialist focuses on the individual's competitive employment goal. Supported employment improves the employment outcomes of people with disabilities by:
- supporting the employer with training the employee,
- assisting in identifying accommodations, and
- following-up with the employee and employer (Bond, 2004).
Do2learn A website featuring social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance. It includes learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Real People, Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Lines A website featuring people with disabilities working competitively in the community.
Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices effecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. Resources and curricula are also available on the website to teach specific skills, i.e. mastering soft skills in the workplace.