The Riverside Unified School District provides a life skill vocationally based curriculum to individuals with significant disabilities ranging in age from 19-22 years old. The curriculum model, Transition Education Adjustment Model, is known as Project T.E.A.M.
The purpose of Project T.E.A.M. is to smooth the transition from traditional school-age programs for young adults with severe disabilities to the possibility of meaningful real-life practical work experiences. The T.E.A.M. staff uses an individualized approach to vocational training with actual instruction in the community. Due to the cooperative participation of many local businesses and community agencies, Project T.E.A.M. students receive work training experiences in a wide variety of real work environments. An on-site work activity center teaches on-task behavior and task completion and provides a service to community business partners. Functional academics necessary for adult independence are emphasized in a classroom setting.
Students are eligible to participate in the WorkAbility 1 grant program from the California Department of Education in which they are paid for daily job training. Students are paid sub-minimum wage with certification filed annually with the Department of Labor.
In the coming weeks, you will be asked to give your thoughts on this question: “What would most help all students in RUSD to be successful?” We need to hear from you as our district begins putting together its Local Control and Accountability Plan. Districts throughout California are crafting these plans, which signal a significant change from the state-controlled “one size fits all” educational plans of the past to a more locally-minded plan that specifically addresses the needs of our students here in Riverside. Make sure to have your voice heard! Come of one of the community meetings, included one right here at our school. You can find a full list of meeting dates and times at: www.successforstudents.org. You also can share your ideas at this website.