Community Based Instruction

Community Based Instruction

Course Syllabus 

Teacher:  Dawn Kinnell



The best way to get a hold of me is by email, however, I can be reached by phone between 9:00-10:00 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m.  If I am unavailable, you can leave me a message and I will return your call. 

Course Description

Community Based Instruction is a year long class designed to give students the opportunity to work independently at a job site for 3.5 hours a day which includes a 30 minute lunch on site.  This opportunity gives the students a realistic hands-on training experience to learn employability skills.  A job coach (can be teacher or paraprofessional) will monitor the student 1-2 times a week.  Students go to their job site Monday through Friday.  This class begins 3rd hour where students will check into their class and then go to their assigned bus. 

When students return from their work site they will go to their Student Advisory class which is 6th hour and runs until the end of the day.  This course will give the student’s job coaches and teachers the opportunity to discuss the daily experiences at the job site and discuss student’s goals/objectives and transition plans.  Students will also evaluate their performances each day.

CBI Expectations

Attendance:  Students are expected to be on time and prepared everyday for both the job site and class.  They will sign in each every day before leaving for the jobsite and when they return.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact Mrs. Kinnell and the supervisor at their site if they are going to be absent.   Students may either email Mrs. Kinnell or call and leave a message. 

Dress Code:  Appropriate clothing and accessories are always expected at LTP.  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of what the dress code is at the job site and to follow that.  Students should always wear their identification badge as well. The Livonia Transition Program’s Code of Conduct will be followed.

Bus Guidelines:  Respectful, appropriate and responsible behavior is always expected on the bus.  Students should be ready for the bus when the bus arrives at the job site to pick them up.

Professionalism:  Students are at the job site and in class to learn and gain skills and hands on work experience.  They are expected to follow the rules and guidelines at each individual work site.  Appropriate behavior is always expected.  It is important to maintain a professional relationship with other employees and/or customers.  Students are not to leave the work site at any time.  Students are also not to be dropped off by parents or guardians.

Cell Phones/Electronic devices: Cell phones and electronic devices should not be seen unless instructed otherwise.

Lunch:  Students need to bring their lunch everyday or make sure they sign up for a bag lunch at the beginning of their first hour class.  The student will need to work out their lunch break with their job coach and job site supervisor.  Students will eat in designated areas at the work site.  Students may want to bring something to do (book, I-pod, etc) during their 30-minute lunch break (especially if they are on a job site alone).

Safety/Consequences:  Students need to make sure they are aware of all safety and emergency procedures at the job site as well as the classroom. As in any work setting, if there are problems reported by the job site, consequences will be given.  We have high expectations at LTP and students should always remember they are representing themselves as a worker and student of LTP when they are out in the community.