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Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

The end of the school year can be a nervous time for students, especially those that will be making the jump into elementary school, middle school, high school or college next fall. These transitioning students are left with a variety of questions -- from curiosities about academic rigor to managing a social life and coursework, to worries about using a combination lock. (It took me more than a couple tries.)

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources on the Web that offer useful information for all stakeholders -- parents, students, educators and administrators -- that will help ensure successful transition. Here are a few for each major stepping stone in the K-12 pipeline.

The First Day of School: From Early Education to Elementary School

Lockers, Bell Schedules, and New Friends: Transitioning into Middle School

The Leap into High School

  • Helping Middle School Students Make the Transition into High School: This comprehensive guide from Education.com has a lot of valuable ideas and strategies for educators and schools, offering tips for providing social, emotional and academic support for incoming students. There are suggestions for connecting middle school and high school educators and engaging parents.
  • Ensuring Successful Transitions from the Middle Grades to High School: Ad Lit produced this blog, which features expert recommendations and examples of what a successful transition program might look like. There is great information here for parents, administrators, and educators.
  • Middle School and High School Transitions -- Parent Resource Guide: This is a valuable guide for parents from Slyvan Learning that's available for download. It features different strategies for dealing with transition realities -- like new social opportunities and new academic challenges. Also included are several discussion questions parents and teenagers can talk through when preparing for middle school and high school.

Off to College

  • Transition to College -- How You Can Help Your High School Senior: CollegeParents.org produced this blog, featuring some helpful tips and food for thought for parents of high school seniors. It’s a great starting point for parents, and these plenty here to help students start their post-secondary educations off right.
  • High School to College Transition -- Three-Part Series: This Huffington Post series from Brian Harke, Dean of Students at the University of Southern California, is a great premier for parents of incoming college freshmen. First, Harke covers how to put some realistic expectations in place, and he also touches on academics and social challenges.

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Ryan Porter
Co-Founder & CEO of www.raiseyourflag.com

Thanks for the great list. Especially for including links to resources for the transition into high school. Those students are often overlooked.

Another group of students that is overlooked are the ones making the school-to-work transition. Approx. 45% of high school students DON'T go to college as the primary post-secondary destination.

It's one of the reasons we created http://www.raiseyourflag.com We believe students going to work after high school deserve to be just as excited as the ones going to college.

Thanks for sharing the resources!!

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