Wednesday

Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference

“I”s Focused on the Future: Invested, Involved, and Independent

September 30—October 2, 2013

Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Indian Bend Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(866) 877-9897


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+ = Session handouts are posted

N = Recommended for professional participants who are new to the area of secondary transition


Wednesday, October 2

Wednesday Program at a Glance

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Ed O’Leary
IDEA 2004 requires schools to provide each student whose eligibility terminates due to graduation with a regular diploma or exceeding the age eligibility with a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting his or her postsecondary goals (also known as a Summary of Performance or SOP). This session provides an overview of the “what, when, who, and how” of the Summary of Performance and includes examples of students with different disabilities. Handout: PowerPoint
David Richards
What are the courts and the US Department of Education (ED) saying about IDEA transition and what can we learn to help the students we serve? This session will provide a legal update on recent transition guidance from ED and cases from federal courts around the country together with a look at trends and areas of special interest, including the need to focus on access to grade-level curriculum throughout a student’s public school years in order to preserve more transition options for the student. Handout: PowerPoint
Ann Tarpy, Kathleen Cady, and Panel
This session will provide an overview of brain injury; examine the implications of the interruption of neurodevelopment from brain injury on transition to the world of adult independence, work, and/or further education; and discuss the Youth with Brain Injury Transition Pilot Program (YBITPP) developed by the Department of Economic Security (DES), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in collaboration with the Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries to address the transition issues for youth with brain injury and their families. Handout PowerPoint
Jo Anne Morales and Rick Dunn
During this session, participants will learn ways to align and develop curriculum units for special education transition-specific classes and Vocational Rehabilitation Transition from School to Work (TSW) classes using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the CTE Workplace Employability Skills Standards and incorporating relevant and meaningful activities and assessments from related service providers. Helping all students to be college and career ready while focusing on the individual needs of students with disabilities and successfully teaching the CCSS is extremely challenging. This session will introduce innovative curriculum frameworks that combine CCSS and CTE Workplace Employability Skills Standards with transition planning to facilitate students’ access to general education and includes multiple outcome measures and learning supports. Handout: PowerPoint
Mike Terkeltaub and Matt Pierce
This session will provide an overview of community-based behavioral health agencies working in collaboration with local schools to ensure children with complex behavioral health needs succeed at school and successfully transition to adulthood. Through small group work, this interactive session will offer participants the opportunity to review and help develop a functional behavior assessment for a young adult student struggling to succeed in school and at home. The session will then bring the large group back together to problem-solve the implementation of the plan, examine the interconnectedness to the IEP, and explore shared learning and teaching at home, school, and in the community. The presenters will work with participants to create shared definitions of “big” behavior and ways to reduce and eliminate these behaviors. Handout: PowerPoint
Russell Randall, Gina Kugler, and Maria Castillo
A person’s ability to control her or his own destiny is a basic human right. Simply put, all people have the right and responsibility to exercise freedom of choice in their own lives. Developing self-determination involves learning to identify the choices that exist in one’s life, learning to judiciously consider those choices, and learning, loving, and living according to how one chooses. This workshop is about facilitating the development of self-determination skills in youth. Self-determination involves the skills, practices, and beliefs that enable a person to engage in goal-directed and self-regulated behavior. How then, do teachers, case managers, counselors, and caring adults help youth become self-determined adults? For students with an individualized education program (IEP) and/or an individualized plan for employment (IPE), this can and must occur through the IEP process. This highly interactive workshop, facilitated by a transition teacher, a job coach, and a VR counselor, will assist participants in learning to use the IEP (or IPE) process to facilitate the development of self-determination skills. Participants can expect to engage in self-exploration, goal setting, trust building, and relationship building and will hopefully leave with a refined sense of their own self-determination. Handout: PowerPoint
Susan LeHew and Bea Shapiro
Have you ever had to create materials to be read by individuals with disabilities? Would you like to know the easy steps to creating accessible documents? This presentation will address quick and easy tricks and processes that an individual can use to make documents in Microsoft Word, Power Point and other formats accessible. Participants will leave with reference materials and resources that will enable them to create accessible documents. Handout: PowerPoint
Paul Johnson, Leann Gilbreath, and Kay Schreiber
Come join the presenters for this exciting session where the new AzCIS for secure care educators will be unveiled! The Arizona Department of Education has worked hard to provide a new online resource tool for all secure care sites. The presenters will review and discuss the new sign-on module and the tools that can be safely used in a classroom setting.
Christopher Morris, Aaron Walls, and Student Panel
In this session, participants will learn ways to guide students with both high and low incidence disabilities into the workforce without taking them off campus. Through the presentation of information, videos, and handouts, participants will take a peek inside two student-run businesses on different high school campuses that are fully functional. Participants will see which advocacy, communication, financial, and consumer skills, as well as career and employment skills can be transferred from a student-run business to the workplace. This is an opportunity to get ideas on what works, as well as to see the challenges that occur when running a student-led business. A panel comprised of youth from student-run businesses will also present information about what they have learned through participation in this program, and participants will have the opportunity ask questions. Handout: PowerPoint
Audra Ahumada
This session will highlight the work of both the Arizona Department of Education Alternate Assessment unit and the National Center and State Collaborative Consortia regarding college and career readiness for students with significant cognitive disabilities and how schools can prepare students for their lives beyond the classroom. A guidance document will be shared and participants will engage in a discussion on how to begin a mind shift beyond what we have been doing to what this journey should look like in the future. Handout: PowerPoint (This session will be repeated immediately following the break.)
William McQueary
Participants should bring a hard copy of a current IEP with transition portions completed and any identifying information blacked out. (Please do not rely on online connectivity to access your IEP.) This session applies information from previous secondary transition trainings conducted by ADE/ESS transition specialists. Participants attending this training should come with a foundation of Indicator 13 knowledge. After a quick review of transition documentation basics, each participant will review his or her IEP to answer four key questions that are designed to assist users in writing better transition plans. Handout: PowerPoint and Case Study (Part II will be offered immediately following the break.)

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Jane Soukup
This session is specially designed for Secondary Transition Mentoring Project (STMP) team participants. Attend a conference, pick up lots of materials, jot down great ideas, brainstorm with colleagues, make some big plans—then, leave the conference and get swept up in work, unable to find the time to “think through” the conference ideas you want to turn into actions. Sound familiar? Please join this processing session—a way to walk away from the transition conference with plans in hand so that you can decide what is most important for you to do (and how to do it) when you get back to your home turf. The session is for teams, individuals, or people who want to connect with folks in similar roles. The idea is to pull out all the notes, handouts, and “can’t forget this” moments from the conference, consider the needs of your stakeholders and the strengths and needs of your organization, revisit what you liked or disliked about the ideas, and rework the web of information you collected into something practical. The session is facilitated but the majority of the work will be completed by participants. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This is simply a time and means for you to lay out your steps for the 2013–14 school year. 3-2-1 Action!
Linda Rudd, Janine Fischer, and Sheryl Brooks
In this session, the presenters will overview the unique training and education that enables related service providers to serve as essential members of the transition team. From assessment to interventions, therapists and psychologists have extensive experience working with and on behalf of people with disabilities. Many of these professionals have community experience beyond the school setting that allows them to contribute knowledge and perspectives in transition planning not otherwise considered. The presenter and panel will share student-specific examples of transition services that have been provided by occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, and school psychologists in the Peoria Unified School District. These include situational assessments, assistive technology, job-site training, postsecondary education planning and instruction in independent living skills. Come hear the panel share their expertise and demonstrate their value in transition planning. Handout: PowerPoint
Ann Gortarez
Now more than ever, schools are looking for ways to stretch their dollars and pinch their pennies. While providing assistive technology (AT) is not optional, it doesn’t have to break the bank! The tools offered in this session have many advantages: they are FREE, they can be used in postsecondary settings, they can be accessed from ANY computer ANYWHERE, there are no worries about licensing software or paying for upgrades, they require little investment in staff or student training, and they can be used with other populations (ELL, RTI, struggling students who don’t qualify for special education). Teachers LOVE free stuff! The tools demonstrated will include the following: supports tied to Arizona’s Common Core Standards, aids for study and organization, typing tutors, visual supports, supports for communication, and tools for teacher productivity and professional development. Handout PowerPoint and Resource
Heather Griller Clark and Sarup Mathur
This session will provide participants with hands-on access to the revised M2W transition curriculum. The curriculum includes evidence-based strategies for self-development, cognitive restructuring, and career exploration and development. Participants will be able to use this curriculum with all students, as it is based on the principles of universal design and is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Participants will also gain awareness and have input into the development of the M2W electronic transition portfolio. Handout: PowerPoint
Ed O’Leary and Deni DuRoy-Cunningham
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates transition planning. Legislative mandates, however, do not ensure effective practice. The traditional IEP planning process and meeting, which is oftentimes deficit driven, does not meet the future planning needs of students with severe disabilities or their families. This session will address the transition planning needs of students with severe disabilities and families. The presenters will discuss and show examples of the person-centered planning process (what, who, how) and show how this process and model can be used to develop an IEP that is future oriented, results driven, coordinated with adult systems, recognizes families as key players, and focuses on quality of life.  Handout: PowerPoint
David Richards
Some students with disabilities are served under Section 504 rather than IDEA. In this session, the presenter will discuss who those students are, what is required for the 504 free appropriate public education (FAPE) and how Section 504 addresses transition. The presenter will also look at how Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will impact the lives of both Section 504 and IDEA students when they move into the adult world of employment and postsecondary education. Handout: PowerPoint
Kay Schreiber
Is your school preparing your students to be “Career and College Ready”? How does personalizing education prepare Arizona students? This session will briefly discuss the Arizona Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) process requirement for high school graduation and the special education transition plans that guide students into post–high school options and the world of work. Additionally, the presenter will spend time reviewing the AzCIS online education and career planning tool, including new enhancements and modules. This session will discuss how schools can use the system for meeting students’ needs. Participants should bring thoughts, idea, and questions. (This is a repeat session.)
Audra Ahumada
This session will highlight the work of both the Arizona Department of Education Alternate Assessment unit and the National Center and State Collaborative Consortia regarding college and career readiness for students with significant cognitive disabilities and how schools can prepare students for their lives beyond the classroom. A guidance document will be shared and participants will engage in a discussion on how to begin a mind shift beyond what we have been doing to what this journey should look like in the future. Handout: PowerPoint (This is a repeat session.)
William McQueary
This session is Part II of Writing a Secondary Transition IEP Using Best Practice Workshop. Participants should bring a hard copy of a current IEP with transition portions completed and any identifying information blacked out. (Please do not rely on online connectivity to access your IEP.) This session applies information from previous secondary transition trainings conducted by ADE/ESS transition specialists. Participants attending this training should come with a foundation of Indicator 13 knowledge. After a quick review of transition documentation basics, each participant will review his or her IEP to answer four key questions that are designed to assist users in writing better transition plans. Handout: PowerPoint and Case Study

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch and Closing Remarks