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 – October 2016
- EYEKNOWAZ, a new resource for Arizonans: The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office in collaboration with the Department of Economic Security (DES), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI) proudly announces the launch of a web-based information and referral service. The database of resources provides information on products and services from local, regional and national providers that are available to people in Arizona who are blind, visually impaired, or have combined hearing and vision loss. Arizonans can research options in a variety of categories including education, products for daily living, employment, recreation, and advocacy. Visit this new resource at https://eyeknow.az.gov/.
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. *****ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED: November 15 & 16 in Bullhead City and January 11 & 12 in Prescott!!!*****
PSO (Post School Outcomes) Update: The PSO team would like to update all stakeholders on the progress of the PSO Survey. Our PSO Survey closed on September 30 and exceeded our 70% goal and closed with a 75.3% Response Rate. The team will be sharing additional data later this semester with districts and charters. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the ADE/ESS PSO team at [email protected].
- Arizona Transition Partners with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT): NTACT, through an application process, partners intensively with the state education and vocational rehabilitation agency in ten states, currently, to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The specific nature of this partnership is determined by the state’s structure, needs, and priorities. However, in each case, the effort is led by both state agencies and usually several partner entities in the state. The state and NTACT staff develop a technical assistance plan. NTACT partners with the state plan, implement, and continuously evaluate their effort. This intensive relationship also includes implementing an effective practice(s) in at least one local community and then scaling up over time. The model takes years and NTACT is only months into the process with most of these states, including Arizona. Over the next several months and years, we will learn from and share experiences and data from this work. Please contact Andi Asel at [email protected] if you would like more information on Arizona’s participation in this important project.
From the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities submitted its Final Report to the Secretary of Labor and to Congress on September 15, 2016. The Final Report summarizes the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Committee on ways to increase competitive employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities as well as the use and oversight of the certificate program as carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
- 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.
- Transition To Work Activity Guide: The American Foundation for the Blind CareerConnect® program is proud to announce a new guide to help professionals implement the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and improve employment outcomes for teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired. The Transition to Work: Program Activity Guide includes 19 free lesson plans and assignments designed to facilitate workplace readiness and work-based learning experiences for youth. Activities include researching and applying for jobs; filling out job applications; preparing an elevator speech and a marketing message; handling on the job assignments; a work performance appraisal; and other related activities. The guide is available online on the CareerConnect website. Each activity has a corresponding electronic braille file in the Unified English Braille Code ready to be downloaded and embossed. The Transition to Work: Program Activity Guide in tandem with the CareerConnect Job Seeker’s Toolkit and the Maintaining Employment and Advancing Your Career course is the ultimate resource to enhance a student’s employability skills. To access the materials or for additional information, visit CareerConnect or e-mail Katy Lewis at [email protected].
“Transition Tips to Start Your Year Off RIGHT!”: Webinar Description: Welcome back to the new school year! Receive strategies and information about what you can do to start your year off right to meet the needs of adolescents with disabilities. Learn about the most important transition domains and how to prioritize your time and energies! Get ideas, new resources, advice and strategies. This event is for all transition stakeholders (teacher, coordinator, VR counselor, agency personnel, etc.). Presented by: Mary Morningstar – KU, Dept. of Special Education & NTACT Sarah Roberts – KU, Dept. of Special Education & Former Colorado Transition Coordinator October 6th at 12:00 (Arizona) Click the title to register.
- “Creating Working Relationships for Parents, Schools, and VR: Two Grassroots Examples”: Webinar Description: Parent center staff, educators, VR Counselors, Program developers, families, and students are invited to learn how to create meaningful working relationships with grassroots partners. Learn from parent centers how they have reached diverse communities and creative working relationships with families, VR, youth, and other professionals to improve the lives of youth with disabilities. Presented by: Debby Loveall-Stewart – STELLAR -Supporting Transition to Engaged Lives by Linking Agency Resources, at Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) and Miho Onaka – Open Doors for Multicultural Families in Washington. When: October 13th at 12:00 (Arizona) Click the title to register.
- Local Events:
- October 6, 2016 Coconino Community College 6th Annual Transition Fair, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree Campus: Discover the possibilities for the future! The Northern Arizona community, parents, students, and advocates are invited to this free event showcasing options for transitioning from high school to postsecondary education, educational programs and services, employment, adult services and agencies, and strategies for success! Click to see the event flyer.
- October 7 – 8, 2016 17th Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Conference: Empowering parents and professionals for over 44 years. We have a fantastic line up of experts (more than ever before) who will impart practical and useful information for both professionals and parents. Each day will have four tracks to choose from and you can move between tracks with ease. Join us for two amazing days of learning. Register here.
- 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.
Click here for the Transition Specialist assigned to your county.
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]
|Angela Odom, Transition Specialist
Tel: (602) 542-7882
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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