The mission of Secondary Transition is to ensure that all public education agencies (PEAs) in Arizona are able to receive quality technical assistance in the planning, development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of special education secondary transition services.
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News Now – April 2017
Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference
Ready to Launch! Countdown to Success
August 28—30, 2017
Talking Stick Resort
AZ Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF): AZYLF 2017 will be held June 18-23, 2017 at Arizona State University Phoenix Campus. Our goal is to recruit 25 youth, referred to as Delegates, who represent the diversity of Arizona in every way. They are looking for youth and young adults with disabilities to apply. Please visit www.azylf.org for more information. Applications are due April 21, 2017
- Best Practice Implementation Project: The ADE/ESS Secondary Transition Team is interested in following up with PEA staff who participated in transition regional training this year. Please see the project flyer for a great opportunity to review actual IEPs to explore whether training strategies resulted in changed documentation/behavior on your IEPs. No strings attached, this is a technical assistance opportunity only! Please contact the Secondary Transition specialists at [email protected] for more information.
- Spring PSO Webinars: The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) invites you to attend a one-hour webinar presenting the essentials to participate in the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. This summer, high-school aged students who received special education services and graduated or dropped out of school during the 2015—2016 school year will need to be contacted to participate in the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. The PSO Survey chronicles engagement in post-secondary education/training or employment. In order to complete the 2017 PSO Survey collection, the ADE/ESS will host “Getting Ready: Arizona’s Post School Outcomes Survey” webinars. Registration is easy. Simply click on the date corresponding to the webinar you would like to attend. It is hyperlinked to the registration page. Webinar dates and registration links are as follows:
- April 18th, 2017 3pm-4pm
- April 19th, 2017 9am-10am
- April 24th, 2017 3pm-4pm
- April 27th, 2017 9am-10am
For questions, please contact [email protected].
- From NTACT
Webinar Series “Unlocking Potential: Promoting Strengths and Inspiring Success” This webinar series, sponsored by the National Community of Practice on Secondary Transition in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, will examine current effective practices in Secondary Transition for students with disabilities. The series of three topics will address and connect several elements of effective transition planning, all of which contribute to students reaching their post-secondary goals. Please see attached flyer for more information.
- Check Out This Online Space to Engage with Others on Improving Post-School Outcomes – hosted by multiple TA Centers: Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary Education and Employment online launch – NTACT is excited to be a part of the launch of the Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary and Employment site. This site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers, funded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP). Our first community will focus on Pre-Employment Transition Services, as defined by Section 113 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. To join, please click here Pre-Employment Transition Services. Once you are on the Pre-Employment Transition Services page, click on the green “Request Membership” bar on the right-hand side of the page under “Join This Community”.
NTACT Lesson Plans are accessible at Teachers Pay Teachers! Go to Teachers Pay Teachers and search for National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or access it through the link. Once there, browse the many resources available including lesson plans, practice descriptions, annotated bibliographies, quick guides, and download them for free. Please feel free to rate us and provide feedback!
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (W.I.O.A.)
- WIOA, Section 511: The intent of the WIOA Final Rules is to improve access to education and workforce services for individuals with significant barriers to employment—some veterans, individuals with disabilities, out-of-school and at-risk youth, and other populations—to help ensure that everyone has an opportunity to get a good job. Section 511 of WIOA requires people with disabilities 24 and younger who are planning to pursue work that pays less than minimum wage to complete a multi-step process. To learn more about this process please visit the following documents posted on the Employment First homepage. General Section 511 Flyer (PDF | Text Only), General Section 511 Flyer Easy Read Version (PDF | Text Only)
- W.I.O.A. Quick Reference Guides & Webinars: The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) was working to get a draft of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (W.I.O.A.) Final Rules out to the public workforce system. Now, not only are the Final Rules out, but they are published in the Federal Register. There have been a number of quick reference guides and fact sheets produced to go along with these rules (in case you don’t have time to read thousands of pages). To help you understand how to interpret the Final Rules, the U.S. Department of Labor has created a special category of Employment & Training Administration. Events called “WIOA Wednesday.” These special W.I.O.A. webinars–some live, some pre-recorded–will feature subject-matter experts from ETA and WIOA partner agencies who will drill down on a particular rule and how you can best apply them to help support your customers.
- News Now Archives: Do you remember seeing a news article on News Now but don’t see it now? It may have been from a previous month. Click to find previous secondary transition News Now information.
Annual Transition Conference Information
Secondary Transition Planning Requirements
Click on the buttons below to learn about best practices for completing the secondary transition planning requirements. Please refer to the Keys to Successful Outcomes guidance document developed by ESS / Program Support and Monitoring for compliance requirements in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). In addition, your PEA may have additional or more restrictive requirements so check with your special education director for guidance.
Secondary Transition Training Information
Please complete the Secondary Transition Training Request Form to develop a training plan for your PEA or geographical area.
Secondary Transition Activities and Initiatives
|The College and Career Competency Team Training (CCCTT) project is a collaborative professional development initiative led by the Arizona Department of Education and the University of Kansas, Research Collaboration. The purpose of this project is to support educators as they more systematically and comprehensively develop students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies for increased educational achievement, motivation, and improved post-school outcomes. Click on the button to find out how your district or charter school team can participate FREE of cost in this intensive training initiative!|
|An ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic and career goals. The AzCIS (Arizona Career Information System) is designed to provide comprehensive educational, career, and occupational information to help the users in making better-informed career and school choices. The AzCIS is available, FREE of cost, to all public schools in Arizona. Click on the button to learn more about the ECAP and also the AzCIS tool.|
|The Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is a committee dedicated to improving collaboration among secondary transition planning partners. The mission of AZCoPT is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. The team does this by: informing and educating the public, addressing unmet needs through collaboration, evaluating the transition process and system, articulating and recommending data-driven system improvements (policy and program), and by strengthening local teams by supporting development/expansion, removing barriers, and enhancing creative problem solving. Click on the button to learn more about our work. You can also contact AZCoPT at [email protected]. Check out the NEW AGENCY 101 VIDEOS!!!!|
Secondary Transition Resources and Websites
Links to websites do not imply an endorsement of the materials. Although every effort has been made to ensure that the articles provided herein are accurate and timely, the Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for the materials contained at any website linked to this site. Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
James Rivera, Director
|Andi Asel, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153
E-mail: [email protected]
|Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195
E-mail: [email protected]
|Melinda Rafanan, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-2185
E-mail: [email protected]
Jay Johnson, PSO Initiatives Specialist
| Kay Schreiber
College and Career Coordinator
Tel: (602) 542-5353
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
E-mail: [email protected]
Secondary Transition Inbox: [email protected]
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
Physical Location: 3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mailing Address: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin #24, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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