Technology and social media have changed the way that youth consume and retain information. The NextUp program utilizes these platforms to enhance conventional methods of delivering transition curriculum in a fun and engaging format.
|Students are provided with:|
|Video lessons to build pre-employment, on-the-job and independent living skills|
|Track employment success and earn a place in the NextUp League*|
|Tips and information through social networks like Facebook and Twitter|
|Certificate of NextUp program completion for employment portfolio or resume|
* Membership is earned by Acquiring employment, Achieving a promotion/raise, Receiving employment recognition.
NextUp lessons have opened my eyes to things I am capable of.
Now I know how to fill out a job application, and I keep my NextUp master application as a cheat-sheet to fill out applications.
NextUp has given me confidence for an interview because I used the ideas given to me for mock interviews.
Teachers that are committed to the transition of their students are often forced to work with limited resources. Developing comprehensive transition material for the classroom is time consuming, and it is difficult to measure effectiveness. The NextUp program gives teachers innovative and customizable tools to enhance the classroom experience, streamline the IEP process and help students achieve employment success.
|Teachers are provided with:|
|Weekly video lessons with accompanying classroom material|
|Customizable and easily adaptable lesson plans to fit classroom needs|
|Transition assessments for determining student IEP goals|
|Access to online forum for collaboration with other transition educators|
|Involved and challenging activities to enrich student learning|
Assessments to measure yearly student growth for teacher evaluations
“Our class loves the video lessons. They are helpful and clear. The closed captioning is wonderful and students are really interested in the content.”
“The videos articulate job seeking skills so everyone in class can understand them.”
“NextUp lessons provide a lot of useful, real information that students can understand and apply in their job searches.”
“NextUp puts everything into a real-life aspect that allows students to see their success first-hand.”
“My students ask to use computers during their free time to explore these video lessons.”
“It’s really convenient how organized and easily accessible the NextUp materials are.”
Since I started using NextUp, I’ve seen a dramatic change in one of my students. He went from having an apathetic attitude to requesting more information to now being actively engaged in the job skills preparation process.
Today’s competitive work environment has placed serious demands on families of students who are looking to secure employment and live independently. The NextUp program is designed to equip your child with engaging and interactive transition training. NextUp promotes individualized instruction that will give them the best opportunity for success after graduation.
|Benefits for family members of students:|
|Pre-employment and on the job training for students|
|Monthly NextUp for Families online training with live Q&A|
|Minimize the anxiety experienced during the transition process|
|Weekly video lessons are accessible outside of the classroom|
Federal requirements for transition programs are forcing school districts to provide more special education services without the clear source of funding to match. Making difficult decisions about reallocating personnel and financial resources in order to stay in compliance can be avoided by introducing the NextUp program to your students and teachers.
|Benefits for administrators|
|Provide consistency to the Individualized Education Program process|
|Minimize the time teachers spend developing transition curriculum|
|Video and classroom lesson plans are connected to Common Core|
Indicator 13 compliance without adding additional staff