Bridging the Gap: The High School to College Transition for Students with Learning Disabilities Mary Jordan, Ed.D. and Wilson Onu, M.S. Something about Mary… • Mommy and Wife • Doctor of Education • College & Transition Counselor – My College Compass, LLC – Fonder and President • Onsite Supervisor for School Counseling Interns, Johns Hopkins University • Advocate • Teacher • Runner Let the fun begin! th 8 Grade Second Semester/Summer (Before 9th gr. schedule becomes final) The end goal…High School Graduation and College Acceptance! th 8 Grade Know Your Disability Update and Review IEP, psychoeducational evaluation What role does the disability play in who you are? Academically? Socially? What is needed to a successful student? Self-Advocate Schedule a meeting with your new school counselor th 9 Grade Learning Styles Inventory Strengths and Weaknesses Academia Four Year Plan Transcript Review Recalculated GPA Extracurricular and Community Service College Visits Lesson 1: High School Survival Skills Lesson 2: Study Skills Lesson 3: Writing Skills th 10 Grade Strong Interest Inventory PSAT Career Exploration Extracurricular and Community Service Update & Review IEP/Psycho-Educational Evaluation (16yr) Transcript Review, Recalculate GPA Fairtest.org and portfolio ideas th 11 Grade Myers Briggs Assessment Semester 1, SAT/ACT Prep Semester 2, SAT/ACT College Search and Selection Process Transcript Review, Recalculate GPA Fairtest.org Develop a portfolio Essay th 12 Grade SAT/ACT/FairTest Requirement Transcript Review, Recalculate GPA Apply to College(s) ACT Engage (Semester One, used to measure student behavior and psychosocial attributes) Student Success (Semester Two) Binder Navigating the Way to Student Success Lesson 1: Law: 504, ADA, IDEA Lesson 2: Exploring Self: defining ones disability strengths & weakness, self assessment assignment Lesson 3: Advocacy: campus resources and role play Lesson 4: Packing up! New World! What to take to college. Leaving home/family TM Navigating the Way to Student Success Lesson 5: College Academics and Accommodations Lesson 6: Study Skills Lesson 7: Getting and Staying Organized Lesson 8: Time Management Lesson 9: Life Skills (social, personal and living) TM Lesson 10: Assistive Technology Transition High School to College College Connection Student Support Services Contact information Schedule an appointment to request accommodations Binder Wilson Onu, Lynn University Something about Wilson… Academic Coach, Institute for Achievement and Learning, Lynn University Doctoral Student, Lynn University Traveler Fiction writer NOT a runner We will talk about… The Great Transition Options for the Empowered Learner Self Awareness and Self Determination Coaching for success The College Transition A significant challenge to every student Independence = responsibility Support Structure (A Lifeline) Mentors, Peer Mentors Academic Advisors, Academic Coaches Resident Advisors, Directors Student Life, Campus Life Coordinators Counselors College Characteristics Class size, Faculty/student ratio Major/interest Pedagogy (Teacher training, professional development) Nonacademic and social structures Different Paths ADA Accommodations Comprehensive Support Academic Coaching/Mentoring Self Advocacy required IDEA Tutoring Modifications Usually, extra cost The Empowered ‘L’earner Labelled Learning Disability Difference Self-Awareness leads to Empowerment and Self Determination Self Determination “A combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs – including an understanding of one’s own strengths and limitations and belief in oneself as capable and effective – that enables individuals to engage in goal-directed, self regulated, autonomous behavior” (Field et al., 1998) Self Determination To achieve self determination, students must possess: • Self Awareness • Ability to Set Goals (Short term and Long term goals) • Manage Conflict/Problem Solving • Self Advocacy Self Determination and Success Self Determination is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to: • Believe they can control their own destiny • Set goals for themselves • Take actions to reach those goals Self Determination Access to Positive Adult Relationships Support to Manage Social Concerns Connect Actions to Personal Goals Changing Perspective Purpose precedes perseverance Obligation versus Opportunity College is NOT the destination “I add the value to my college experience” The true cost of an education ($/Time) Tips for Parents Discuss strategies to teach son/daughter to be more independent (start over the summer) • Student contact academic advisor • Allow student to choose classes • Create a routine to help them remember to take medication (if applicable) Discuss the importance of utilizing ADA accommodations or support services Tips for Parents Discuss Expectations for the coming school year • Academic and Social • Contact (who initiates, manage anxiety) Set a Summer Schedule prior • AM and PM schedule • Practice task completion Practice Self Advocacy • Simulate conflict/crisis resolution Coaching for Success Why advice doesn’t work Coaching relies on our ability to influence student’s attitude toward learning (knowledge and perspective) Success: Set – Act – Repeat Oh Happy Day Contact Information Mary Jordan Wilson Onu [email protected] [email protected] Website: http://mycollegecompassllc.com/ Website: www.lynn.edu/institute Twitter: @MyCollegeCompas Twitter: @lynnuadmission Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyColl egeCompassLLC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnuniversity References Field, S., Ed.D, Parker, D., Ph.D, Sawilowsky, Ph.D., & Rolands, L., M.A..(August, 2010). 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