The Kansas vision for education includes postsecondary and career preparation, social engagement, and communication as the foundational structures of education in our schools and classrooms. From simple jobs in the earliest grades through high school internships, meaningful work supports the academic and social competencies that lead to post-school success. Opportunities to participate in a variety of jobs allow students to
- engage in social interactions with peers (most jobs can be completed with a partner)
- identify skills and interests that may lead to both daily living skills and employment
- learn essential skills that increase competency in organization, time management, and resonsibility
- promote self-awareness and self-advocacy by exposing students to a variety of jobs and activities so interests become apparent and may become the foundation for postsecondary success
“Meaningful jobs allow students the opportunity to contribute in a way that both the students and the adults see value. Everyone likes to contribute to their family or workplace in meaningful ways. These responsibilities give students opportunities to have repeated positive interactions with others and learn from those experiences." - Scott May
The ideas and supports included in these resources are ready to be edited to support growth and independence for individual students.