There are vast amounts of information and resources available regarding transition; it can easily become overwhelming. One of the biggest keys in successful transition planning is remembering that there is an entire team rooting for the success of your student; in other words.....you're not alone.
Strong transition is based on a student's strengths, interests and preferences. Family, teachers and the students can work together to determine those strengths, interests, and preferences and together build a plan to help the student make the most of high school education opportunities and be ready for life after graduation.
Transition and the ECAP
The ECAP and the Transition Plan go hand in hand for a student with an IEP. All students, regardless of whether or not they have an IEP, are required to complete an ECAP. It is just one more tool to help your student transition to adult life. ECAPs are typically completed in Social Studies classes with the help of the school counseling department.
We as educators believe that integrating an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) process into all facets of the school experience enables students to be lifelong learners and problem-solvers, developing and applying 21st century skills to their life experiences, as students, as workers, as consumers, and as responsible citizens. With the ability to identify skills and interests and to apply that knowledge to create their own ECAP, our students will have developed needed skills to advance in a more fluid, seamless transition, meeting 21st Century technologies and work place postsecondary requirements.
An ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic and career goals.