MyKey Plans

Barb (Blakeslee) Beck, M.Ed has been teaching in secondary special education for over 27 years with an emphasis in adult transition services for students ages 18-21.  

Her degrees in Speech/Language Pathology and Special Education – Deaf/Hard of Hearing have enabled her to engage students and their families in providing positive post-school outcomes.

After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Barb had her start in Portland Public Schools and has spent most of her career in the Northshore School District working in Secondary Special Services.

Barb states that her greatest passion is supporting student in identifying their own personal strengths and seeing the unique gifts that they bring to their communities and chosen career pathways.  

She is committed to supporting all students but particularly those with accommodations and their families in developing their self-determination leading toward positive post-school outcomes.

Her work to author My Transition Portfolio (and related ancillary materials) is designed to provide parents a comprehensive portfolio development system which designed to address the person-centered planning needs of students who are 14-21 years of age within special education homeschool settings. Students are able to develop and update their portfolio through the transition years to adulthood.

Using intuitive prompts that have been proven to break down even the most difficult of communication barriers, My Transition Portfolio is a comprehensive companion guide specifically developed to unlock self-determination in young adults. Its fourteen keys, including “My Strengths and Weaknesses,” “Find Careers That Match You,” and ”Manage Your Own Money,” are each developed to draw out individual preferences and in turn create opportunities rooted in systematic goal-setting.

 

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General Information

 

  • Curriculum Developer – My Key Plans
  • Website Link
  • Grade Level Scope: Middle School/Junior High & High School
  • Subject Covered: Life Skill and Career Exploration
  • Cost Range: $50 – $100
  • Supplemental Material Cost: $50 – $100
  • Format: Virtual, printable, download, and online class
  • Religious content: No

Basic Features

 

  • Methodology: Online – Self Study
  • Learning Styles Utilized: Visual, Spatial, Auditory, Interpersonal, Verbal, and Intrapersonal
  • Intelligences Utilized: Music, Logic, Pictures, Relationships, and Contemplation
  • Teaching Styles Utilized: Videos, Progressive steps, Multi-Disciplinary, Independent Work, Open-ended
  • Common Core: Yes
  • Accredited: No
  • Teacher Helps: Average

Product Description 

 

  • Font Size: Average
  • Pictures: Many colorful pictures/images
  • Binding: Virtual
  • Lessons Included: 14 to be completed in as little as 18 weeks or stretched out over multple years
  • Intended Curriculum Usage Length: 1 semester
  • Types of Assessments: Open ended questions, multiple choice, fill in the blank with word bank, drag and drop, demonstrations, and projects

Adapability 

 

  • Amount of Handwriting Required: None
  • Possible Assistive Technology Modifications: Speech-to-text, Typing, Other assistive technology devices, plus built-in assistive technology tools
  • Executive Functioning Concerns: None
  • Average Length of Lessons: 30 minutes
  • Concentration Level Required: Average
  • Modifiable by Lengthening Out Lessons: Very easily
  • Language Complexity: Average

Specific Disabilities 

 

  • High Interest-Low Reading Level Material: Yes

SPED Homeschool Review Crew Feedback

What was the one thing that most impressed you about this curriculum?

I enjoyed seeing the student samples that are included throughout the program. The variety of tools created for students to use for creating and reflecting on the lesson projects are great.

What should parents of children with learning needs be aware of when looking into this curriculum?

This could be used with children of any age, even introducing some of the concepts as early as late elementary school. The amount of parent/teacher involvement will vary by the individual needs of the student. Finding ways for students to complete the projects independently would be key to helping them find their independence in adulthood.