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 – January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
- ADE Secondary Transition has a job opening! The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is looking for a Secondary Transition Specialist to provide technical assistance and professional development on best practices in developing IEP transition plans for students with disabilities that facilitate successful education and employment after high school. If you have experience in postsecondary transition planning and are interested in working with a great team please go to this link:https://azstatejobs.azdoa.gov/ and search for Job ID 26568. The job will be posted until January 16, 2017.
Raising Special Kids is providing training and information free to all families interested in learning more about post high school supports for students with disabilities on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please see this flier and spread the information to students, families, and community members who would be interested in and benefit from this information. In addition to the presentation from Raising Special Kids, staff from RSA/VR, DDD and Ability 360 will have booths at the training to answer questions and provide information, resources, and literature. Phoenix Union High School District is hosting the event at Maryvale High School but all are encouraged and welcomed to attend and participate.
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. The final scheduled training is in Phoenix on January 26 & 27. Please let us know if you would like to host for your area.
- Arizona Transition News: Sahuarita-UA fellowships focus on grooming locals for teaching jobs. Sahuarita Unified School District is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Education to identify and groom students from Sahuarita Unified. Students can be graduates from the district or community members. The one-year fellowship provides students with teacher training, mentoring, classroom experience, and stipends. Read the article from the Arizona Daily Star here: http://bit.ly/2hQnkRu
- U.S. Department of Education Announces Loan Counseling Experiment and New College Completion Toolkit: Earning a college degree or credential is one of the best investments students can make for themselves and their families. Each year, millions of students enter college, and many of those students receive Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, and other federal financial aid that helps make their educational aspirations a reality. Yet many students lack timely and relevant information about financial aid to guide their borrowing decisions each year; and too many leave college with debt but no degree, significantly increasing their risk of defaulting on their student loans. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2h9VhIO
- From NTACT (transitionta.org):
- A New Feature on NTACT’s Website – You will experience something new when you download certain resources at NTACT’s website now. You’ll need a login! This is not our attempt to slow down your use of all the wonderful resources – it is our attempt to better track data on resource use so that we can continue to improve what we offer. Once you’ve logged in, the site will typically remember you for reduced future hassle.
- “IDEA Reauthorization: NTACT Seeks Input for Secondary Transition” January 19, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET
NTACT seeks your input for items and language you would like to see in the important reauthorization of IDEA relative to secondary transition. The webinar will be interactive in that you can provide verbal guidance or respond to policy related prompts via a survey. Click here for registration.
- An Upcoming Webinar Series from “Think College” – Think College has confirmed their webinars for this coming academic year and would like to invite you to attend! Topics focus on inclusive academic access, financial planning for college, employment supports, and higher education & disability policy. Registration is FREE and includes live participation as well as a link to the recorded webinar for use after the event. REGISTER NOW!
- New resources on NTACT’s Website – This week, NTACT posted a Brief on alternate diplomas and ESSA, developed with the National Center on Educational Outcomes. View it here: Diploma Brief. We also posted 4 new Practice Descriptions and Lesson Plans for teaching academic skills. You can find them here Graphic Organizers – Science, Cover, Copy, Compare, Morphological – Reading, and TouchMath. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for updates on products there, as well – and tell your colleagues!
- Engage young adults in self-monitoring: Even though teaching self-determination is considered a best practice in transition planning for students with intellectual disability, it can be difficult for teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents to transfer control. This TEACHING Exceptional Children article, “Doing it MySELF: A Protocol Supporting Young Adults in Managing Their Behavior,” outlines a protocol (called SELF) for engaging young adults in self-monitoring. SELF stands for “Systematic participation, Empowering to implement, Leading ongoing evaluation, and Follow-up.” The aim of SELF is to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities to identify an interfering behavior, choose a new behavior, and self-evaluate progress towards increasing use of the new behavior without prompting or input from teachers and parents.
W.I.O.A. Technical Assistance Circular- The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the publication of Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) 17-01: Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs. This policy guidance is being issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The TAC provides sub-regulatory guidance on the requirements set forth in WIOA related to the implementation and operation of the performance accountability system under section 116 of WIOA and the implementing joint regulations in 20 CFR part 677 (reprinted in 34 CFR parts 361 and 463). A PDF version of TAC 17-01 is now available on the RSA website at this link: TAC-17-01 — “Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs”
- 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 contact your ESS Program Specialist or a Secondary Transition Specialist if you are interested in training for you and/or your staff.
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.
Alissa Trollinger, Director
|Andi Asel, Transtion Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-3153
E-mail: [email protected]
|Ana Núñez, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-4195
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]
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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