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Planting Skills for Future Supported Employment

Elementary school is a crucial time in a child’s education to cultivate skills particularly for students with disabilities who benefit from targeted support in executive functioning and employability skills. Special education teachers play a pivotal role in preparing students for future success in supported employment by building foundational skills early on. Through collaboration with families and a focus on Functional Academics, teachers can help create a strong base for these students to thrive in the workforce later in life.

Plant Seeds of Essential Skills in Elementary School

  • Executive Functioning: Teachers work with students to develop executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, and problem-solving. These abilities are essential for success in any job and set the stage for independent work later in life. Planting seeds that will grow over time is essential.
  • Time Management: Students learn how to manage their time effectively through scheduling, prioritizing tasks, and tracking progress. This helps them understand the importance of meeting deadlines and staying on track.
  • Task Lists and Reporting Completion: Teachers guide students in using task lists and checking off completed tasks. This practice helps students gain a sense of accomplishment and reinforces the importance of following through on assignments.
  • Role-Playing and Classroom Jobs: By taking on roles in the classroom that mimic real-world jobs, students practice essential employability skills. These may include taking responsibility for classroom chores, managing supplies, or assisting peers.

Collaborative Connections with Families

  • Home Chores and Living Activities: Collaboration between school and home is vital in building consistent routines and expectations. Families can reinforce skills learned at school by assigning age-appropriate chores and home living activities that align with school goals.
  • Open Communication: Regular communication between teachers and families ensures that the needs of each student are met and progress is tracked both at school and home.  
  • Consistency Across Environments: When students experience consistent expectations and support in both environments, they are better equipped to apply their skills across settings.

Celebrating Growth and Looking Ahead

The early development of skills in executive functioning, time management, and employability sets the stage for future success in supported employment. By working collaboratively, teachers and families can help students with disabilities build a strong foundation for independence and personal growth. As students move forward, they are more likely to succeed in their chosen fields, contributing to a more inclusive and equitable society.

By embracing a strengths-based approach, educators can empower students with disabilities to realize their full potential. The journey toward supported employment starts with the dedicated efforts of special education teachers and the invaluable support of families. Together, we can celebrate the progress made and continue to advocate for meaningful opportunities for all individuals.

As the Creative Content Director at Specially Designed Education Services (SDES) and a special education teacher, I am deeply passionate about empowering students with disabilities to reach their full potential. Through my work, I strive to create innovative and impactful resources that support the unique needs of every student. I believe that with the right guidance, collaborative connections, and targeted interventions, we can help students build a strong foundation for future success in supported employment. It is my privilege to be part of this transformative journey, and I am committed to continuing to advocate for inclusive opportunities that enrich the lives of our students and their families. Together, we can make a meaningful difference and inspire positive change.

Stay motivated and innovative, Champions!

Barb Beck

Creative Content Director, SDES

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Pricing

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create a simple and affordable solution for special educators to use during this critical time.

The Virtual Teaching Materials are a separate supplemental purchase that will greatly enhance the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics ​or can be used on its own.

Virtual Teaching Materials Pricing 1st year: $1000 non-recurring configuration fee plus 12 x monthly charge.

Students
Per Month
Per Year*

0-50

$150

$1800

51-75

$225

$2700

76-100

$300

$3600

101-125

$375

$4500

126-150

$450

$5400

151-175

$525

$6300

176-200

$600

$7200

201-225

$675

$8100

226-250

$750

$9000

251-275

$825

$9900

276-300

$900

$10800

Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.

Scheduling Tip

Find a student in your classroom who can read and understand your master schedule. Assign them a job in the morning to help set up individual student schedules. See the video of Megan setting up the schedule.
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Suzanne’s student Megan was her Teacher’s Assistant first period during her junior and senior year. One of her jobs, among other clerical tasks, was to set up individual student schedules. It saved Suzanne prep time in the morning and was a great vocational experience for Megan.

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create the full Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics in the cloud. *The Styer-Fitzgerald Program in the Cloud Start-Up Fee: a $6000 non-recurring start-up fee will be added to the first year subscription only.

Cloud Pricing

Students
Per Month
Per Year*
0-100
$500
$6000
101-125
$625
$7500
126-150
$750
$9000
151-175
$875
$10500
176-200
$1000
$12000
201-225
$1125
$13500
226-250
$1250
$15000
251-275
$1375
$16500
276-300
$1500
$18000
301-325
$1625
$19500
326-350
$1750
$21000
Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.