Going Beyond the Transition

High school transition courses play a crucial role in preparing all students for the challenges and opportunities of post-secondary experiences. Let’s Go Learn’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and achievement for all students includes a curriculum that supports a successful life journey for all beyond secondary school.

Our Transition Curriculum addresses two key areas

  • Courses that support teachers of students with disabilities fulfill IDEA 2004 mandates for their students
    • Teachers with IEP students must have transition plans in place by the time students are 16.  Transition courses must include appropriate topics such as postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation (IDEA, 2004).For more information on cohesive secondary transition planning and how it can improve postsecondary education and employment outcomes for students with disabilities, you can visit the blog on ed.gov.
  • Courses that prepare all students in their transition to post-secondary academics, career, and life skills
    • Lessons address academic, social, and emotional aspects of transition, ultimately helping students achieve success in their educational and career pursuits.

Transition courses level the playing field for all students. Students who successfully complete high school transition courses are often better prepared for post-secondary life, education, and careers. They guide students to make informed decisions about their future.

Our Transition curriculum includes the following Edge courses.

  • LGL Digital Literacy Edge
  • LGL Financial Literacy Edge
  • LGL Work & Life Skills Edge
  • LGL High School Equivalency Math Edge
  • LGL High School Equivalency ELA Edge

LGL Digital Literacy Edge

To live, work, and prosper in the 21st century, your students need proficiency in digital literacy. Research demonstrates that student equity and inclusion depend on all students mastering internet literacy, digital communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving. “Technology and social media are rapidly changing the way that citizens consume, create, and share information” (Office of Education Technology, US Department of Education).

Each lesson in our Digital Literacy Edge course provides direct instruction and practice for whole-class, small-group, or individual learning. Lessons are also aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.

Whether at school, library, community center, or home, your students live their everyday lives in digital environments. Students read online content and e-books, communicate across the globe with video, audio, and text, and they personalize their learning with apps and websites. They use keyboards, not pencils and they venture into the virtual world from the traditional. All students require digital skills to enable safe and effective communication, collaboration, and content creation in their daily lives, while also fostering digital footprints of which they can take pride.

LGL Financial Literacy Edge

Promoting financial literacy is important for a teenagers’s financial well-being and for society as a whole. It can lead to better financial decision-making, increased savings, reduced debt, improved retirement planning, and greater economic stability.

Financial literacy refers to the knowledge and skills that individuals possess to make informed and effective decisions about their finances. It encompasses various aspects of personal finance, including budgeting, saving, investing, borrowing, and understanding financial products and concepts. Financial literacy is essential because it empowers individuals to manage their money wisely, make informed financial decisions, and work toward achieving their financial goals. As of June 2023, 22 states have passed financial literacy bills.

Here are some key components of financial literacy:

  • Budgeting: Understanding how to create and manage a budget is fundamental to financial literacy. This includes tracking income and expenses, setting financial goals, and making informed spending decisions to ensure that income covers expenses and allows for savings.
  • Saving and Investing: Financial literacy includes knowledge about different saving and investment options, such as savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and retirement accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs. Understanding these options helps individuals make informed decisions about where to put their money to achieve long-term financial goals.
  • Debt Management: Knowing how to manage debt responsibly is a critical aspect of financial literacy. This includes understanding interest rates, credit scores, and strategies for paying down debt efficiently. Financially literate individuals make informed decisions about taking on debt and paying it off.
  • Financial Planning: Financial literacy involves setting and working toward financial goals, whether they relate to buying a home, funding education, saving for retirement, or starting a business. Creating a financial plan and understanding how to adjust it as circumstances change is essential.

LGL Work & Life Skills Edge

Life and work skills transition courses help prepare high school students for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in adulthood. Life skills encompass a wide range of abilities that enable individuals to handle the challenges of daily living and decision-making, which are valuable for navigating both personal and professional life. Career readiness is crucial for high school students because it prepares them for the transition into the workforce and equips them with essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in real-world jobs. By equipping students with life and work skills, these courses help increase students’ confidence and motivation, potentially reducing dropout rates. When students feel better prepared for life beyond high school, they are more likely to stay engaged in their education.

These courses empower students with practical knowledge and skills that contribute to their personal and professional success, and overall quality of life. They cover topics such as time management, problem-solving, and communication. Students are empowered by courses that include essential job-seeking skills, such as resume writing, job interview techniques, and workplace etiquette. Teaching students how to search for employment, write effective job applications, and succeed in interviews prepares them for the job market.

Topics include lessons on problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which are valuable for making informed decisions, solving complex issues, and adapting to changing circumstances. Another significant topic area is communication, which  is crucial in both personal and professional settings. Students learn how to communicate clearly, resolve conflicts, and collaborate with others.

LGL Math & ELA High School Equivalency Courses

Lack of mastery of fundamental math and ELA concepts, strategies, and processes can be a barrier to success. LGL’s Math & ELA Transitional courses provide comprehensive support and offer optional pathways to help students either review and strengthen skills or fill gaps before graduation.

Some high school students may have passed high school courses without mastering essential concepts or skills, leading to gaps in their knowledge. Many come from diverse academic backgrounds, and not all students have access to rigorous coursework or effective teaching. Our lessons also help support students with IEPs with SDI lessons.

Targeted interventions in math and English language arts help to reduce the number of students in remedial college courses that are non-credit bearing. If students are going to community colleges or universities, they may have to take placement tests to assess their readiness for college-level courses. Our high school equivalency lessons will help them review and strengthen their skills before these assessments

LGL High School Equivalency ELA

LGL High School Equivalency ELA Edge covers a range of reading, writing, grammar, and language skills that are typically taught in high school. In addition to providing reviews and filling in gaps, the lessons will help students pass popular high school equivalency exams including the General Educational Development (GED), the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

Let’s Go Learn participates in transition curriculum conferences, including the DCDT International Conference, as part of its commitment to providing the latest essential content.  Transition courses are vital in preparing students for life after secondary school, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate post-secondary experiences. Let’s Go Learn is deeply committed to promoting equity, inclusion, and achievement for all students. Our Transition Curriculum is designed to meet two crucial areas of focus.  Our Transition curriculum features specialized Edge courses such as Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Work & Life Skills, and High School Equivalency in Math and ELA. These courses equip students with crucial digital and financial skills, essential life and work skills, and bridge gaps in math and English language arts, ensuring they are well-prepared for the challenges of post-secondary life and beyond. Join us at the conference to learn more about how these courses can positively impact students’ lives and futures. For more information, visit the DCDT International Conference link.