Secondary Transition

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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Conference Requirements Summary PSO Training Activities Resources

 

 

News Now – August 2016

  • Final Rules for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Announced: The Rehabilitation Services Administration is proud to announce the posting of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) final rules.  The final rules, along with several guidance documents, are available on the RSA website at RSA Final Rules.
  • 2016-2017 Secondary Transition Regional Training:  Click on the Training Information button above to get the agenda and schedule for this school year’s regional training for all secondary stakeholders.  

  • PSO 2016 Webinar Announcement:  In order to complete the 2016 PSO Survey collection, the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) will host “Everyone Counts, Everyone In: Essentials for Participation in the 2016 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey,and Quick Refresher: Essentials for Participation in the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey” webinars. Please review the attached PDF for more information, including webinar descriptions, dates, times, and registration links. Registration is easy. Simply click on the date corresponding to the webinar you would like to attend. It is hyperlinked to the registration pageThe ADE/ESS encourages all public education agencies (PEAs) that participated in the PSO Survey to attend a webinar. Feel free to forward this email to staff who may be interested in either of the above listed webinars.
  • PSO (Post School Outcomes) Update:  The PSO team would like to update all stakeholders on the progress of the PSO Survey.  At the end of July we have 14% participate rate for all district/charters in the state.  Our goal is to reach 70% of our 8,971 students eligible to participate in the PSO Survey.  The PSO Survey protocol, training materials, and other resources are available at: http://bit.ly/PSOsurvey.  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the ADE/ESS PSO team at: [email protected].

  • A Message from O.S.E.P. on W.I.O.A.- Friday, 7/22/16 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Last month, the Departments of Labor and Education, in close collaboration with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, made publicly available the final rules implementing WIOA. We are excited to continue the conversation around WIOA and we are committed to making sure WIOA works for all job-seekers, workers, and employers as the departments implement the final rules. Here’s what WIOA means and why it matters: Read More.
  • U.S. Department of Education to Forgive the Student Loan Debt of People with Disabilities:  In 2012, the federal government created a process to let people with disabilities apply to have their federal student loans forgiven, so that they wouldn’t need to be repaid. This process is called the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge. The program’s FAQ page explains the three-year period your disability may be monitored before your loans are forgiven, and the taxes you may have to pay after the loans are forgiven. Over the years, many people have not realized they could apply for the TPD Discharge. Now, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is collaborating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to identify federal student loan borrowers who also get benefits from SSA due to their disabilities.  Learn more about whether your member might qualify to have their student debt forgiven or call 1-888-303-7818 to speak with a customer service representative.
  • 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

Overview

Arizona’s Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference

Trending in Transition: Education, Engagement, Employment

August 29—31, 2016

Talking Stick Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

 

 

Last Year’s Conference

August 24 - 26, 2015August 24 – 26, 2015
 

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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.

Required Transition Components Overview of Required Transition Components: Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, certain secondary transition components must be included in the IEP. 
 Measurable Postsecondary Goals Measurable Postsecondary Goals (MPGs): Measurable goal statements in the areas of education/training, employment, and when appropriate, independent living are required in the IEP and must be updated annually. 
 Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments

Age-appropriate Transition Assessments: Assessments that provide information on the student’s interests, preferences, strengths, and needs must be administered and used to write achievable, measurable postsecondary goals.

 Coordinated Set of Activities Coordinated Set of Activities: Transition-related services or activities that reasonably enable the student to reach his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be included.
 Course of Study Course of Study: Courses that focus on improving academic and functional achievement to reasonably enable the student to achieve his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be included.
 Aligned Annual IEP Goals Aligned Annual IEP Goals: Annual IEP goals that reasonably enable the student to achieve his or her measurable postsecondary goals must be developed.
 Transfer of Rights Transfer of Rights: A statement informing the student that his or her rights will transfer to the student at age 18 must be present in IEPs by age 17. 
 Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements: 

Measurable postsecondary goals must be updated annually.

Students at least 16 years of age must be invited to the IEP meeting when postsecondary transition services are being discussed.

A representative of another agency that is likely to provide and/or pay for transition services who has been invited to the meeting after consent from the parent or student who has reached the age of majority must be considered.

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Summary of Performance Summary of Performance: A summary of academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations to assist an exiting student in meeting his or her measurable postsecondary goals for students whose eligibility terminates due to graduation from high school with a regular diploma or exceeding the age eligibility for free appropriate public education (FAPE), must be developed. Click on this button to learn more and access resources for completing the summary of performance.

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Post School Outcomes Survey

All Arizona students who had an IEP in effect at the time of exiting high school as a graduate, drop-out, or by aging out will be contacted to take the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey one year after leaving school. Conducting the PSO Survey is the responsibility of the school or district from which the student exited and takes place from June through September each year. Click on the button to learn more about this requirement and access resources for administering the PSO Survey.

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Secondary Transition Training Information

Please contact your ESS Program Specialist or a Secondary Transition Specialist if you are interested in training for you and/or your staff.

Secondary Transition Trainings

The ESS Secondary Transition unit provides training, FREE of cost, in order to assist all members of IEP teams in developing comprehensive, meaningful, and useful IEP transition plans for students with special education needs. Training can be divided into multiple sessions if necessary.  Click on the button to view training topics and descriptions.

Secondary Transition Training Resources Click on the button to view a collection of resources and documents used during secondary transition training.
Secondary Transition Glossary Click on the button to access a resource for common terminology used in the secondary transition planning process by education and agency personnel.
Frequently Asked Questions Click on the button to access answers for frequently asked questions about secondary transition and tips for a variety of special education topics.

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Secondary Transition Activities and Initiatives

STMP/CCRTT Project ADE/ESS, in partnership with Research Collaboration at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, offers funding and training to selected interdisciplinary teams of educators from across Arizona. The Secondary Transition Mentoring Project / College and Career Readiness Team Training (STMP/CCRTT) Project provides systematic professional development that promotes college and career readiness for all students. Click on the button to find out how your district or charter school team can participate FREE of cost in this intensive training initiative!
AZCIS and ECAP 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.
Arizona Community of Practice on Transition 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]
Employment First Employment First encompasses the belief that community-based, integrated employment should be the primary day activity for working age youth and adults with disabilities. Click on the button to learn more about this initiative and view Arizona’s Employment First state plan.
ASPIRE ASPIRE is a five-year, $32.5 million project of the US Department of Education to study youth with disabilities who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income). The goal of this research study is to compare youth and families who access currently available services with youth who receive enhanced services. Arizona is part of the ASPIRE multi-state consortium and ADE / ESS staff implement this project in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Click on the button to learn about the ASPIRE project.

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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.

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Contact Us

 

Click here for the Transition Specialist assigned to your county. 

Alissa Trollinger, Director
Tel: (602) 542-3855
E-mail: [email protected]

Andi Asel, Transtion Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153
E-mail:  [email protected]
Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195
E-mail: [email protected]
Angela Odom, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-7882
E-mail: [email protected]

Jay Johnson, PSO Initiatives Specialist
Tel: (520) 638-4719
E-mail: [email protected]

 Kay Schreiber
College and Career Coordinator
Tel: (602) 542-5353
E-mail: [email protected]
Jeannette Zemeida
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
E-mail: [email protected]

Eric Ashenfelter
PSO Initiatives Support
Tel: (602) 542-3855
Fax: (602) 542-5404
E-mail: [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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