Course Descriptions, Learning Outcomes, & Units



Brain FitnessBrain Fitness (Executive Functioning)

Your brain is like a muscle, and it can get stronger with exercise just like the rest of your body! Using games, puzzles, and interactive scenarios you will learn how to exercise your brain to increase your memory, boost your mental flexibility and problem-solving skills, decrease your distractions, and more. Let’s get our brains in tip-top shape!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Executive Functioning
  2. Identify strategies for working memory that can be used in your daily life
  3. Practice finding multiple solutions to a problem
  4. Recognize routines and practice performing them in a different way
  5. Identify your common distractions
  6. Practice ignoring distractions, negative thoughts, and unwanted behaviors

 Units

  • Unit 1: What is Executive Functioning?
  • Unit 2: Working Memory
  • Unit 3: Mental Flexibility
  • Unit 4: Inhibitory-Control
  • Unit 5: Exercise those Brains!

 

 

Citizenship & Social JusticeCitizenship and Social Justice: How to be a Part of Your Community

In this course, you will explore identity, diversity, justice, and action while answering the question “what does it mean to be a good citizen?”. Together, we will practice recognizing stereotypes and work on building empathy, respect, understanding, and connection as a way to respond to diversity.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify what it means to be a good citizen 
  2. Develop positive social identities based on membership in multiple groups in society
  3. Define what shapes our identities
  4. Develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfully describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity groups
  5. Respond to diversity by practicing building empathy, respect, understanding, and connection
  6. Recognize stereotypes and relate to people as individuals rather than representatives of groups
  7. Express empathy when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when they themselves experience bias

Units

  • Unit 1: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?
  • Unit 2: Identity
  • Unit 3: Diversity
  • Unit 4: Justice
  • Unit 5: Action

 

Cooking & Meal Planning

Cooking & Meal Planning

Let’s get cooking! This course will guide you through making a meal plan, creating a grocery list, following a recipe, and cooking a meal! You will learn about the utensils and appliances in your kitchen, healthy food choices, and kitchen and food safety skills, including knife skills, fire safety, and how long those leftovers are safe to eat! Share your favorite recipes and learn new ones from your classmates – “bon appetit!”

 

Course Outcomes

  1. Identify cooking utensils and appliances and their uses
  2. Recall safety and sanitation practices in a kitchen environment
  3. Prepare a weekly meal plan that works for your schedule, dietary restrictions, and budget
  4. Translate your meal plan into a grocery shopping list
  5. Identify ingredients and nutritional value in pre-packaged food
  6. Prepare a dish by following a recipe

Units 

  • Unit 1: What's in the Kitchen?
  • Unit 2: Kitchen & Food Safety
  • Unit 3: Meal Planning
  • Unit 4: Grocery Shopping & Ingredients
  • Unit 5: Following a Recipe

Creating Safe SpacesCreating Safe Spaces (Living on Your Own)

Living on your own comes with new responsibilities, including making your living space a safe place to be. In this course, you’ll learn about the hazards and risks in each room of your living space and how to deal with them, how to set physical and emotional boundaries, and you will make plans for what to do in case of an emergency.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define what it means to be safe in living spaces
  2. Identify fire hazards in the home
  3. Discuss why kitchen safety is important
  4. Recall safety risks in the bedroom
  5. Recognize safety risks in the bathroom
  6. Define your boundaries for your living space
  7. Create (or update) a safety route escape plan for your living space

Units 

  • Unit 1: What Does it Mean to Create Safe Spaces?
  • Unit 2: Kitchen Safety
  • Unit 3: Your Bedroom
  • Unit 4: Your Bathroom
  • Unit 5: Living Spaces & Boundaries

Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking

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Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence

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Employment SkillsEmployment Skills 1

Have you ever wanted a job, but weren’t sure where to start? This course will introduce the steps of career exploration, writing a resume, searching for jobs, filling out paper and online applications, and practicing interview questions to help you build your confidence and get started. You will even get to practice a few common job skills. Let’s get to work!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify personal job skills
  2. Explore different career opportunities that align with your skills
  3. Develop job search tools appropriate to desired field, including resumes, letters, applications, etc.
  4. Identify specific job openings and application processes in desired area
  5. Prepare for and practice effective interview skills (both in-person and remote)
  6. Practice common job tasks, including collating; filling out forms, filing, etc.

Units 

  • Unit 1: Career Exploration
  • Unit 2: Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Unit 3: Job Searches
  • Unit 4: Interview Skills
  • Unit 5: Common Job Skills

First Aid (non-certification)First Aid (Non-Certification)

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Healthy YouHealthy You

Being healthy is more than just not being sick! In this course, you will learn about the power of physical activity, sleep, food, connection, and healthy relationships in your healthy life. You will get to practice habits that can help to reduce stress and create a personalized plan for keeping your body, mind, and spirit healthy. Welcome to Healthy You!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the different elements of living a healthy
    life (mind, body, and spirit)
  2. Describe the importance of physical activity, sleep, and the food you put in your body
  3. Recognize how the food you put into your body impacts how you feel mentally
  4. Identify what stress feels like in your body & mind
  5. Practice daily habits that can help to reduce stress
  6. Recognize the importance of connection and healthy relationship to fuel your spirit

Units 

  • Unit 1: What Does it Mean to Be Healthy?
  • Unit 2: Healthy Body
  • Unit 3: Healthy Mind
  • Unit 4:Healthy Spirit
  • Unit 5:Healthy You! What's Your Plan?

Money ManagementMoney Management

Money management is a key component of independence, and we are here to help! Through games and interactive scenarios, you will get to practice balancing income and expenses, creating financial goals, budgeting for your needs and wants, and being an informed consumer. With optional activities to practice adding, subtracting, and counting money, this course will help every student build confidence in money management and financial decision-making.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify effective financial decision-making strategies
  2. Demonstrate how to create a personal budget
  3. Use services offered by banks (including savings/checking/debit)
  4. Practice being an informed consumer

Units 

  • Unit 1: Intro to Money Management
  • Unit2: Decision Making Strategies
  • Unit 3: Personal Budget
  • Unit 4: Banking Services
  • Unit 5: Informed Consumer

Personal SafetyPersonal Safety

Your personal safety is our top priority! In this course, you will learn tips and tricks for staying safe wherever you are: in your home, outside, even on the internet. You will get to practice keeping your passwords secure and recognizing and reacting to risky situations, like internet scams. Learn about safety related to your health, preventative care, medication management, and more, and leave this class with more confidence in staying safe. Remember, safety first!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify basic proactive safety skills and techniques
  2. Recall personal contact information
  3. Define safe and responsible use of social networking and technology 
  4. Distinguish irregularities in your physical and/or mental well-being
  5. Explain the difference between emergency and non-emergency needs
  6. State practices for routine preventative care

Units 

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Safety
  • Unit 2: Internet Safety
  • Unit 3: Internet Safety (continued)
  • Unit 4: Medical & Emergency Safety
  • Unit 5: Physical & Body Safety

Self-Advocacy & BoundariesSelf-Advocacy & Boundaries

Learn to be your best self-advocate! In this course, you will learn why self-advocacy is important and why it is important to YOU! You will participate in activities that will help you identify your personal strengths and the supports around you, practice setting boundaries and saying “no,” and find ways to take action and get involved with self-advocacy groups in your community.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define self-awareness and self-advocacy
  2. Describe your abilities and needs
  3. Discuss how to use your support system as a tool in your decision making
  4. Demonstrate the ability to set limits and boundaries
  5. Outline an action plan for being a self-advocate

Units 

  • Unit 1: Intro to Self-Advocacy
  • Unit 2: Know Yourself
  • Unit 3: Know Your Supports
  • Unit 4:The Power of Knowing & "No"ing
  • Unit 5: No Time Like the Present (How to Get Involved)

Social ConnectionsSocial Connections Using Technology

Looking for fun ways to connect with friends and family when you can’t be together in person? In this course, you will experiment and practice using many different apps and websites to strengthen your social connections using technology. Start by learning about screen time and self-care, social and digital boundaries, and safe and responsible use of social media; then get connected with activities from video chatting to virtual book clubs, exercising together to taking a virtual trip together!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what it means to feel socially connected
  2. Recognize your balance between self-care & screen time
  3. Define safe and responsible use of social networking and technology
  4. Recognize how to set and accept social & digital boundaries
  5. Discuss your priorities when using technology
  6. Practice using multiple virtual communication platforms and identify which ones will work best for your social connections
  7. Experiment with social activities using technology
  8. Identify offline activities that can be adapted for staying connected from a distance

Units 

  • Unit 1: Social Connection, Safety, & Self-Care
  • Unit 2: Priorities & Practice
  • Unit 3: Experiment with New Activities
  • Unit 4: Experiment & Practice Continued
  • Unit 5: Going Analog for Virtual Connections

Social Skills & Healthy RelationshipsSocial Skills & Healthy Relationships

Disclaimer: This course will cover many sensitive or mature topics, including abuse, sex & sexuality, gender identity, and sexual identity. We understand that relationships can be complicated, and we are here to help. In this course, you will practice recognizing the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, identify what you are looking for in healthy relationships, and learn how to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. You will also get to practice social skills that are helpful in maintaining healthy relationships, including verbal and nonverbal communication, reflective listening, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recall characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  2. Identify positive social skills, including verbal & nonverbal communication, reflective listening, conflict resolution, and problem-solving
  3. Recognize the importance of self-awareness in healthy relationships
  4. Identify the characteristics you are looking for in relationships
  5. Explain how to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality

Units 

  • Unit 1: What are relationships?
  • Unit 2: Social Skills
  • Unit 3: Developing Your Relationship With Yourself
  • Unit 4: Developing Your Relationship With Others
  • Unit 5: Sexuality

Sustainable LivingSustainable Living

This course focuses on how we can all live more sustainably to protect our planet and our wallets! Making small changes can have a big impact. You will learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, and borrow items for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define sustainability
  2. Identify the benefits of sustainability, both personally and for the planet
  3. Identify high waste items around your home and brainstorm alternatives to reduce the waste
  4. Give examples of items in your home that can be reused
  5. Identify items that can and cannot be recycled or composted
  6. Identify items that are commonly thrown away or recycled that could be reused
  7. List places near you where you can rent or borrow items rather than buying
  8. Create a plan of small changes and practice living sustainably

Units 

  • Unit 1: What Is Sustainability & What Does It Have To Do With Me?
  • Unit 2: Reduce and Reuse
  • Unit 3: Recycle
  • Unit 4: Repair & Borrow
  • Unit 5: Sustainability In Action: What's My Plan?

Time Management & OrganizationTime Management & Organization

So much to do, so little time; or so you thought! In this course, you can take back control of your time by learning about procrastination, identifying your time wasters, and discovering tools that can help you organize. You will learn to estimate, visualize, and prioritize based on your values and goals, and will create a personalized plan for managing your time – let’s do this!

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of time management and organization
  2. Recognize causes of procrastination
  3. Identify your time wasters
  4. Describe techniques to overcome procrastination
  5. Outline strategies for reducing time wasters
  6. Identify priorities (based upon values and goals)
  7. Present a personalized plan for managing your time

Units 

  • Unit 1: What is Time Management & Organization?
  • Unit 2: Where Does My Time Go?
  • Unit 3: Time Wizards! How to Take Back Control of Your Time
  • Unit 4: What To Do With All My New Time?
  • Unit 5: Making a Plan: This Is What I Will Do With My Time!