CLOVERLEAF TRANSITION PLANNING
Virtue of Transition Planning for Twice-Exceptional Learners
The transition to adulthood is a developmental process, in which children develop aptitude and comfort with many different life skills, steadily over time. For our twice-exceptional students, the transition process can be arduous. This might be because of our students’ unique wiring. We often notice asynchronies in terms of how difficult things are for them to learn and what they are ready to learn when. Our students may have compensated effectively in elementary school, while they may not have been learning skills needed later in life. As they grow older, and expectations increase, they find themselves needing to backfill. What this indicates is that our students require a personalized approach while preparing for the transition to adulthood.
The Cloverleaf transition program bridges the gap between school and the “real world”; college or workforce. We do this by preparing our students and their families for the changes and shifts associated with these big life transitions. Building on the Talent Development opportunities in the Lower School, the Cloverleaf program is introduced at the Upper School.
Cloverleaf is an all-encompassing transition program that functions seamlessly with our Talent Development and College Counseling programs. Cloverleaf is uniquely designed for each individual student. The program also alleviates the anxiety surrounding the question of, “What’s next?” Stemming from evidence-based transition planning methodology, students take charge of their learning on the path to college and career readiness.
Transition planning is student-led in close collaboration with family members and the fully integrated Quad Prep team. Students create specific and action-oriented transition goals that utilize their interests, strengths, and possible areas for growth, aligned with their post-secondary aspirations. Students’ transition goals build independent skills for academic learning, executive functioning skills, daily living skills, self-advocacy, leadership, and college and career readiness.
Program Infrastructure and Guiding Principles
There is no “one size fits all” approach to transition planning. Each student in collaboration with their family and Cloverleaf Team creates a unique and individualized transition plan that is in line with their strengths, interests, areas for improvement, and post-secondary visions. While working with the information expressed in individual plans, Cloverleaf adds particular emphasis to several primary transition areas that are integrated into each student’s school environment and schedule:
Elements of Cloverleaf Transition Planning
Student-Centered & Backward Planning Transition Methodology
Family Involvement and Dynamic Collaboration
Practical Life Skill Development
Self Advocacy Skill Building:
Explicit Self-Determined Learning
Career Exploration and Readiness