Transitions between elementary, junior high, high school and post-secondary education are now easier to navigate. This grant builds on the 2007-08 grant, Expanding Pathways, and helps develop personalized graduation plans to provide the foundation for transition planning. This grant enables counselors at the junior and senior high schools to work with staff members to embed this planning into appropriate curriculum areas.
Students can use an online tool by the Naviance Corporation, entitled “Family Connection,” to identify the right courses to take in order to reach their educational goals and to create an electronic portfolio to help them plan their educational pursuits beyond high school. Student portfolios include:
- interest inventory
- test scores
- scholarship information
- college/technical school searches
- student essays in preparation for college applications
- post-secondary school matches and comparisons
- financial aid guide
Parents can also use this innovative program to help plan for and support their students. Along with HEF’s support, 6-12 and Beyond is funded by the district and a grant from the Minnesota Department of Higher Education.