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SPECIAL EDUCATION Special Education classes are only available to students with an IEP and with the approval of the student’s case manager. FRESHMAN STRATEGIES (7800) Grade: 9 1 credit This course is designed for students during their first trimester in the high school. It covers learning the high school system, social issues and study skills. In addition, each student will learn how the IEP process works, self advocacy skills and understanding their specific educational needs. This course is the first step in developing their transition portfolios. TRANSITION STRATEGIES Trimester 1: 7810 – 1 credit Grade: 9-12 Trimester 2: 7811 – 1 credit Trimester 3: 7812 – 1 credit This course is time to complete assignments from other classes and or finish tests. Study skills, transition to independence skills, and test taking skills will be reinforced during this class. Students will have access to minimal support during this class, but it is expected that student will work independently. LIFE SKILLS Trimester 1: 7812 – 1 credit Grade: 9-12 Trimester 2: 7813 – 1 credit Trimester 3: 7814 – 1 credit Prerequisite: Prior approval from DCD teacher required This course is designed to teach functional living skills to help students become successful in all aspects of everyday life. READING STRATEGIES (7840) Grade: 9-12 1 credit Prerequisites: Those who have not passed the MCA-II in reading and recommendation of case manager This course is designed to teach the basic components of reading in an individualized program in order to assist students in passing the MCA-II test in Reading. The curriculum includes myths, legends, fables, inferences, main ideas, details, author’s purpose, newspaper, short stories, reading skills and a novel. The students received small group instruction. In addition to the reading curriculum, this class will be combined with an Independent Strategies which is a time to complete assignments from other classes and/or finish tests. WRITING STRATEGIES (7850) Grade: 9-12 1 credit Prerequisites: Those who have not passed the MCA-II in Writing and recommendation of case manager This course investigates the writing process and strategies to improve writing. It covers the MCA-II test taking process and offers strategies for students to use to assist them in passing the exam. We will also use journaling and reading for purposes of writing reflections to improve writing ability. The curriculum includes topic sentence development, detail sentences, conclusions and transitions. It will also focus on the organization of a 5 paragraph essay. In addition the writing curriculum, , this class will be combined with an Independent Strategies which is a time to complete assignments from other classes and/or finish tests. GENERAL MATH I (7861-7862) Grade: 9-12 2 credits In this course, students will review basic math skills and cover Algebra 1 concepts. Topics include real numbers, use of variables & formulas, equations, inequalities, basic statistics, graphing, and functions. If time permits, additional concepts will be covered. Student evaluation will be based on daily work, quizzes, and tests. GENERAL MATH II (7863-7864) 2 credits Grade: 9-12 This course consists of a text made up of series of daily lessons broken into two parts: class practice and independent work. Students will practice together for a part of each lesson and will have independent work to complete on their own. The course will continue to develop the skills gained from general math I. Students will continue to work with fractions, decimals, positive and negative integers and the coordinate plane as they explore these concepts as they are used to solve mathematical equations. Solving algebraic equations and using formulas related to geometry concepts will be a primary focus of this class. (Students do NOT need to have taken this course before taking Essentials for Algebra but a teacher recommendation is necessary). CONSUMER MATH (7870) Grade: 9-12 1 credit This course investigates how we use basic math skills as we make decisions in our daily lives relating to earning, saving, spending and budgeting money. Students will create a personal checkbook and practice writing checks and balancing their own account. The course will also include some career exploration and discussion centered around decision making with regard to education, employment and career choices. ESSENTIALS FOR ALGEBRA (7868-7869) 2 credits Grade: 9-12 This course teaches essential pre-algebra content and provides students with an introduction to traditional Algebra 1 content as well. Students will work with topics such as real numbers, equations, inequalities, graphing, functions and exponents. The purpose of the course is designed to teach a solid foundation for a traditional Algebra 1 course and to prepare students to continue and be successful in the traditional algebra1 setting . VOCABULARY STRATEGIES (7996) Grade: 9-12 1 credit Prerequisites: Current IEP and case manager recommendation This course will teach students how to use vocabulary maps to better understand their curriculum vocabulary. It covers prefixes and suffixes, antonyms and synonyms, word associations, multiple-meaning words and categorization skills. Students will participate in a variety of individual and small group activities to become acquainted with various techniques that they will be able to use in their regular curriculum classes. DAPE (7890) Grade: 9-12 Developmental Adapted Physical Education is specially designed physical education instruction and services for students with disabilities who have a substantial delay or disorder in physical development. Development Adapted Physical Education is for students ages 3 thru 21 and may include development of physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patters, skill in aquatics, dance and individual dual and team sports. Students who participate in DAPE must qualify for a Special Education service and scored below a State mandated standard. EMPLOYABILITIES (7900) 1 credit Grade: 11-12 Prerequisites: Current IEP and case manager recommendation This course investigates different career fields, job skills and everyday social/academic skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. The course focuses on the IEP transition area of Employment. Other transition areas such as Post- Secondary Education and Community participation will be addressed as needed. Using variety of instruction methods such as reading materials, small groups, the internet, short video clips, one-on-one instructions, and projects, students will learn employment skill such as career interest/ability investigation, job application, and resume writing skills. Students will also become proficient in skills such as job interviews, good work habits, effective communication, etc. This course is needed in order to participate in on-job training. WORK EXPERIENCE I (8191, 8192, 8193) 3 credits Grade: 11-12 Students will acquire and maintain a part-time position within the community and meet with work experience coordinator regularly. Students will be encouraged to become responsible and competent members of the workforce. They will record hours worked and reflect upon experiences at work. Students will also learn appropriate coping and stress relieving methods on the job. Students will understand ways in which they can promote good working relationships with their employers and coworkers. WORK EXPERIENCE II (8181, 8182, 8183) 6 credits Grade: 11-12 Students will acquire and maintain a part-time position within the community and meet with work experience coordinator regularly. Students will be encouraged to become responsible and competent members of the workforce. They will record hours worked and reflect upon experiences at work. Students will also learn appropriate coping and stress relieving methods on the job. Students will understand ways in which they can promote good working relationships with their employers and coworkers. THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED AT WRIGHT TECHNICAL CENTER AUTOMOTIVE CAREER SKILLS (9251, 9252, 9253) 3 credits Grade: 11-12 This program provides students with broad based training in wide variety of essential entry-level, industry relevant, automotive technician skills. By mastering the entry level skills addressed in this program, students will develop confidence in their ability to successfully enter the world of work. The skills learned are not only job specific but also enhance independent living skills. The goal of this program is to provide students with the skills necessary to gain competitive long term employment in the automotive industry or related fields. Students will participate in career exploration and investigation activities and develop a better understanding of all aspects of the industry through career identification and research. Students will develop a portfolio of program related activities. LANDSCAPE AND GREENHOUSE CAREERS (9280, 9281, 9282) 3 credits Grade: 11-12 You’ll develop your knowledge and skill completing hands-on landscape construction projects. You’ll also develop knowledge and skills in landscape design and maintenance, flower designing, garden center operations and assist with greenhouse plant production projects. You will be part of a student team that operates a simulated garden center business. In the process you will develop valuable workplace skills in production, management and marketing of horticultural plants. This program will teach you the basic concepts and hands-on skills necessary to prepare for a career in the “green” industry.
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