Online Possible Selves
During this session, we will provide a description of the new Possible Selves: Online Version Transition program. This version of possible selves was developed to support transition planning for students with disabilities and other learners who would benefit from thinking about future goals as learners, persons, and workers and who are taught in virtual schools. Using a systems design approach, the online version was built to be responsive to a UDL framework for students with disabilities who are receiving instruction in virtual schools. In addition, the program can be used for students in traditional school environments in which technology is available to support learning. The online version of possible selves can be taught as a stand-alone transition course/unit or embedded in a core class. Participants will examine specific online activities, explore additional lessons, and have opportunities to askquestions and provide feedback on the current model.
The Possible Selves program is designed to increase student motivation and engagement in learning by having students examine their future and think about goals that are important tothem. Specifically, students think about and describe their hoped-for possible selves expected possible selves, and feared possible selves. In effect, students examine certain aspects of their lives and are challenged to evaluate and take action that will enable them to become strong, well-balanced human beings. They set goals, create plans, and work toward their goals aspart of this program.