Two representatives of the Hong Kong Education Bureau recently toured TST BOCES to learn about different ways TST BOCES provides education and career preparation for students with intellectual disabilities.
Bell Ng and Theresa Wong visited TST BOCES’ campus to talk to administrators and teachers from a variety of exceptional education and career and technical education programs to see firsthand how students are prepared to make the career and life transition after completing school. The trip was organized with the help of the Cornell University Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and included visits to educational institutions in Rochester and Buffalo.
“We have indeed learned a lot from BOCES and the teachers there,” said Bell. “We are also impressed with the authentic and meaningful learning contexts, the all-round support for students and the broad variety of choices and modes provided in career and education programs.”
The visit had three core goals as stated by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong. The first was to engage with the latest global developments in career and life planning for students with special educational needs. The second was to explore curriculum, practices and evaluation in life planning education to help facilitate students’ transition from school to life. The final goal was to learn about which essential support systems were used for students transitioning from school to successful adult life.
“The trip was very fruitful and we were so overjoyed meeting with all of the wonderful people at TST BOCES,” Bell said.