Career News And Views

Better Graduation Rates. Better Employability Skills. Better Life Skills. Bright Futures!

Discover Best Practices and Strategies for Successful Transition.

Want to stay informed on best practices in career education, employability and life skills?

Stay on top of topics such as:

  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Transition Compliance – Work Performance Benchmarks
  • Transition Planning and Resources
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Project Discovery Implementation & New Career Curriculum Kits
  • Teaching Ideas
  • Student, Educator & School Recognition
  • Online Community Discussions


Check out our past issues:

June 2021

Addressing Learning Loss with Evidence-Based Programs & Funding

Explore how evidence-based programs can help educators expand and enrich learning time. 

We were honored to have Dr. Paula Love, “The Funding Doctor” discuss how evidence-based programming and new COVID-19 funding can be used to address this learning crisis during our June “Webinar Wednesday”.

May 2021

Funding and Solutions for Evidence-Based Summer Programs

Discover evidence-based summer learning programs used to address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of ALL students.

Renay Boyce and Joyce Dukes from Philadelphia School District share how their students used skills they learned from their evidence-based summer program to find employment. Paula Love discusses funding that can be used for similar programs.

April 2021

Preparing Students with Special Needs to be Successful Employees

Prepare students for employment with career simulation, community involvement & job olympics.
Tracy Hall, the Transition Coordinator at Missouri’s Branson High School, explores numerous techniques that provide students the means and support to develop confidence in performing real-life job responsibilities.

March 2021

Solutions for Life Skills and Job Skills Instruction

Help students learn valuable life skills and job skills in innovative ways.
Jennifer Casselman shares excellent insight and solutions from her experience as a Transition Academic Teacher at Center Grove Community School in Indiana.

February 2021

Getting Hired with Digital Badge Credentials

Help your students with special needs find fulfilling employment. 
Today, employers are focusing more on job skills and experience than academic achievements. Digital Badge Credentials are a powerful tool to help job applicants showcase their skills and experience to potential employers.

January 2021

Top 5 Hybrid Learning Strategies for 2021

Learn the best practices for hybrid learning in 2021.
In our January newsletter, we discuss new, creative methods educators have developed to engage their students using a digital platform.

November 2020

Bridging the Gap for Students with Disabilities

Support career pathways to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
Director of Exceptional Children Cheryl Hubbard-George discusses how she is utilizing specific strategies to bridge the gap from school to the real world for students with disabilities!

October 2020

Actively Reduce Dropout Rates

October is National Dropout Prevention Month!
Consider how to incorporate some of the National Dropout Prevention Networks’ 15 Strategies for Effective Dropout Prevention.

September 2020

Remote Strategies for Teaching Special Education

5 Remote Learning Tactics from a Transition Coordinator
In a national webinar, Transition Coordinator Jessica Mann shared her best practices for teaching Career Exploration, Job Skills Training and Special Education utilizing Remote & Hybrid Strategies.

August 2020

Keep Transition Moving with Remote Learning

Visit with Distance Learning Consultant Pam Stock!
This year, educators have risen to the challenge of continuing education through distance learning. As fall approaches, we are opening dialogues with these amazing teachers and sharing best practices for remote or hybrid learning.

May 2020

Remote Learning Solutions

Six Research-Backed Strategies for Remote Teaching
Educators have shared a plethora of creative ideas for effective distance learning.  Here are six research-backed strategies for elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are teaching remotely:

March 2020

A Message to the Education Community

Complimentary Public Health Curriculum
We are providing Complimentary Access to Two of Our Key Public Health Programs: Personal Hygiene and Passive Recreation. We encourage you to share this
Newsletter and its links with colleagues and parents who have children at home during the temporary school closings.

February 2020

Begin with the End in Mind!

Helping Students with Disabilities Successfully Transition into Adult Life
Across the nation, schools are finding success with a more effective approach to preparing students for post-secondary success!

January 2020

Congress Hands Special Ed Hefty Funding Boost

Read how federal funding for special education can enhance transition programs, support vocational rehabilitation and train professionals to diagnose autism!

December 2019

Vocational Training Leads to Successful Transitions

Read how Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare is decreasing disruptions, increasing engagement and facilitating transition with Education Associates’ Adapted Career Exploration!

October 2019

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Students with Special Needs 

This article from EdScoop highlights a recent national webinar which addresses and outlines solutions to the transition gap for students with special needs.

September 2019

Project-Based Learning: Providing Rich Education Experiences for All Students 

This article from Edutopia details how proper scaffolds allow students with learning differences to benefit greatly from challenging opportunities like project-based learning.

August 2019

Transition Outcomes: Alabama Students Dramatically Increase Scores on Career Exploration Post-Tests 

Teachers used Project Discovery hands-on kits, featuring evidence-based practices such as video modeling and differentiated instruction, to guide students through preparation for different careers.

July 2019

Digital Badge Credentials Prepare Students with Special Needs for Employment

Through a collaboration with NOCTI, Education Associates is elevating
expectations for students with special needs as they prepare for the workplace.

November 2018

7 Steps to Success in Work & Life for All Students

‘Our students with disabilities are experiencing success in a classroom setting that some of them have never known.’

– Amy Schuiteboer, School Improvement Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA

September 2018

My Teachers Choice: Hands-On Transition

‘We have seen the social skills, the soft skills, and the independence that programs like  Project Discovery provide benefit all of our students, even those that require more intensive support.’

– Brooke Gilmer, Director of Special Education, Lauderdale County, AL 

October 2017

Helping Students Find What They Love To Do

No Limits: Florida ARC Launches Careers With Its Innovative PALS Program

A Blueprint for Transition Success: Dondie Roper, PALS Program Director at the Arc Gateway Pensacola, FL can regale with you many stories just like this. How do they accomplish this?

September 2017

Activating CA Classroom Doubles Employment Success

Experiential Learning in this Classroom Doubles Employment Outcomes and Eliminates Behavior Issues

“In my class they know they have a job task that relates to the real world and they go do it,” David Yunker, Special Ed Teacher, Oxnard, CA

May 2017

WIOA: What is It and How Does It Relate to Schools?

“Every one of my kids is walking out of my class with a resume. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (“WIOA”) is really an opportunity to reform the public workforce system,” Victoria Rice Campbell, Transition Coordinator, Monroeville, PA.


October 2016

Outstanding Test Results for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Recent research study by Dr. Amy Spriggs, University of Kentucky, finds that hands-on career education with video modeling significantly improves career learning for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

March 2016

Hear From Your Peer: How She Used Evidence-Based Practices In Her Classroom to Help Her Students Discover Their Career Passions

“Video Modeling is a key part of Project Discovery that other functional programs often overlook,” Elena Hitch, Special Ed Teacher, Woodford Co. High School, KY

November 2015

Transition Outcomes Matter. Student Test Scores Soar

Every student should dream of what they can be – a landscaper, carpenter, retailer, caregiver, grocery clerk, police officer or medical assistant. We don’t always reach our goals, but we can reach higher to build career pathways for more students to define their dreams based on their self-interests and unique abilities.”

October 2015

Greenhouse Curriculum Motivates Young Adult Students with Special Needs to Learn, Grow and Communicate

“Even severely challenged students participate in this curriculum. Their transformation is like a flower in bloom! Summers are a magical time at our school”


Spring 2015

Blended Academic and Vocational Curriculum Gives Javier Job Skills and Future Dreams!

Today, he has satisfying job and aspires to become a firefighter.


February 2015

Adaptive Curriculum Proves Game-Changer for Student with Autism

“Career exploration is critical for students with cognitive, physical or behavioral issues. We use Project Discovery’s adaptive curriculum to help our students find a vocational interest and skill set that they are able, and eager, to perform. I’m so thrilled for Cory. His achievements are a monumental success!”

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