Center for Literacy, Education and Employment
Supported by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
The University of Tennessee Center for Literacy, Education and Employment conducts training and technical assistance in delivering a self-determination and career planning curriculum to school personnel interested in empowering students to self-determine their career planning at the point of transition from school to adult life. Developed for use with a wide range of student academic and vocational abilities and based on the principles of self-determination, the Self Advocacy curriculum helps students discern their interests and abilities, learn more about post-secondary options, make choices and decisions, and chart a career and life course into their future.
Teachers, guidance counselors and others who take the training will be expected to set up a program of classroom instruction using the Self Advocacy curriculum, conduct the class within a 9-week period, use the pre-tests and post-tests to generate data and report the data to the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment. By choosing to use the Self Advocacy curriculum, teachers are acting on their belief that every student can be successful and productive in their lives, and promoting learning environments that will help students develop and reach career and other post-secondary goals.
Services offered include:
- Basic training that qualifies teachers and other school personnel to use the Self Advocacy curriculum. A $125 fee covers materials and follow up support.
- Intensive coaching for selected school systems
- Direct assistance to students self-advocacy as requested