TAP: Transition Advisory Pathways

TAP is a program that explores student interests and aptitudes while educating the students and the teaching staff to prepare for the current and emerging workforce. The minimum standard for today’s skilled worker requires 9 to 15 hrs of college credit/equivalent to enter programs for trade apprentice, medical technical licensure and business certifications. All secondary students must prepare for college readiness. An essential component of post secondary readiness begins with Algebra I by the 8th grade, the nationwide gatekeeper.

Historically, certain students have been “tapped”, mentored and encouraged to reach beyond a minimal standard of achievement. Today’s students must raise their bar of expectations, help parents appreciate the collaborative consequences of the global economy and demand a more relevant education. The TAP Curriculum assists all students in “tapping into their potential” to assure a productive economic future. The curriculum is designed to begin in middle school.

The program has three components: instructional powerpoint workshops to deliver content, math acceleration/remediation software and a student pathways data management system.

  • The workshops provide a highly scripted, cohesive curriculum that assures students are exposed to critical components and concepts of the Freshman Transition Standards. These workshops are designed to be delivered in 1-4 sessions, 30 minutes per session by teachers, coaches, guidance personnel, etc. In schools with a dedicated block schedule, two or more sessions can be utilized in one period. The activities and assessments from the workshops prepare students for high school and post-secondary education. Using in-depth career exploration and self assessment tools, students design a more relevant high school experience as it relates to their plan for post-secondary education, training and careers.
     
  • The Math Tutorial Program provides software and video tutorials to accelerate and remediate math to achieve completion of Algebra I by 8th grade, prepare for the Compass Test for dual enrollment and practice for the SAT tests.
     
  • The Student Pathway Summary data management system is used to cumulatively capture annual student information for school advising purposes. Each year students complete comprehensive expectation questionnaires. The program also integrates results from KUDERS, CareerScope, Career Cruising, VaWizard, and Meyers Briggs.

To view a workshop sample, Career Identity, click here.

To view a math tutorial video sample, Problem Solving with Discount, click here.

Representative: Cindy Hyman, Vice President, Cortez Management Corp. cortezmgmt@aol.com

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