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TRANSITION MATTERS

WINTER 2017

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Transition Tennessee: Blueprint for Student Success

The department is pleased to announce a one of a kind resource designed to support teachers in building a bridge to postsecondary readiness. Transition Tennessee is an online professional development and resource site developed by and for Tennessee educators aimed at preparing students with disabilities for life after high school. Through a partnership with TennesseeWorks, local education agencies, and postsecondary agency providers, the transition blueprint allows users to access on-demand transition related professional development, age-appropriate transition assessments, partnership information, and much more. 

The site is free and only requires a quick registration to set up your account and access the following courses:
  • Guiding Principles
  • Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments
  • High-Quality Transition Planning
  • Pathways to Employment
  • Supports and Partnerships
If you have ever wished for a resource to assist in the transition planning process, the answers are at your fingertips! For feedback or questions, please contact Blake.Shearer@tn.gov  or use the "contact us" section on Transition Tennessee.

OSERS Releases Transition Guide

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce.

This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:
  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.
This transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

 

Tennessee Recognized in Employment for People with Disabilities

For the fifth consecutive year, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) secured federal support for Tennessee’s work to increase competitive, integrated job opportunities for people with disabilities.
 
Tennessee’s recognition as a Core and Community of Practice State in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) means several more disability service providers will receive training and technical assistance as they transition from segregated workshops to community-based employment.  This transition has the potential to positively impact more than 500 people currently supported by DIDD.

Watch Jeremy Norden-Paul speak about the program by clicking here and be sure to read the full press release found here. 
 

STEP-TN Transition Series

In July of 2016, STEP, Inc. hosted a professional development workshop for teachers, counselors, and administrators working with youth with IEPs transitioning to or currently enrolled in high school. From this professional development, STEP, Inc. has created a four part Transition Series on their YouTube channel. The four chapters included are:

Chapter 1 - Planning for Success After High School: Living the American Dream
Chapter 2 - Planning for Success After High School: Transition Tools
Chapter 3 - Planning for Success After High School: Diploma Paths
Chapter 4 - Planning for Success After High School: Writing the Plan

The series can be accessed by clicking here. For more information about how STEP, Inc. can support your district, click here. 

 

Britt Henderson Spring Workshop Series

The annual Britt Henderson Workshop Series provides training focused on innovative evidence-based practices to improve the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs. All Spring 2017 sessions are  at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Room 241 from 4:30 to 7 PM and Dinner is provided.

Click here for a brief overview of the workshop series and then  head on over to TennesseeWorks to get registered.

Resources to Help Students Prepare for Statewide ACT Testing

Statewide ACT testing for juniors will begin on March 21. As you support your students in their final preparations, we invite you to review some of our most popular resources from our preparation course pilot, Preparing for the ACT, Postsecondary, and Career. We also encourage you to share your own strategies on Twitter using #ACTReadyTN. Please explore the resources below:

For more information, please contact ACT.Questions@tn.gov.

WBL Student Placement Portal Launches

The Work-Based Learning (WBL) Student Placement Portal is an online resource that enables teachers and students to track student progress more effectively. The Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) is designed to guide and track intentional student learning through goal-setting, employability skill development, and placements aligned to a student’s area of elective focus. To date, capstone WBL experiences have required the use of the paper copy of the PLP Packet.

Information for the 2016-17 school year should be completed in WBL Student Placement Portal for all students in Nursing Education (6000) and WBL: Career Practicum (6105). This phase is the first step in building and testing a more dynamic and user-friendly PLP based on feedback received from WBL coordinators. The portal will also be used to build useful data reports for districts to guide the growth of their WBL programs.

March 10, 2017 – Deadline to enter and verify final student profile and placement information for fall courses.
April 14, 2017 – Deadline to enter student profile and placement information for spring and year-long courses.
May 31, 2017 – Deadline to verify all final student profile and placement information.
Ultimately, the redesigned PLP will also enable students to track and update their progress toward their WBL goals in real time. It will enable WBL coordinators to see all their students’ information and update the information electronically during the year.

For more information, see the following resources:

Questions? Email Chelsea.Parker@tn.gov or visit the WBL webpage under “2016-17 Update”.

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