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									Innovative Transition Practices:
        The Big Picture
           Dr. Mary E. Morningstar
            University of Kansas
            mmorningstar@ku.edu
           www.transitioncoalition.org




     Touch the Future Preconference
               Atlanta GA
          October 22-23, 2008
   Instructor-led Online                          Noninstructor-led Online
 Professional Development                         Professional Development

                                                              Online Modules
 Graduate        Professional
Coursework       Development            KU Summer            Online Resources
                                         Institute
                                                           Searchable Databases
                              SEAs
  KU TransCert
                    • Online training
     Online         • Face to face
                                                             Models of Success
     Program        • State Needs Assess
                    • COPs

                        Continuing Ed. Online Classes
KU-SET                  • Overview of Transition
Doctoral                •   Transition Assessment
                        •   Interagency Collaboration
Program                 •   Employment
                        •   Student & Family Involvement
www.transitioncoalition.org
                        Agenda

October 22
9:00-12:00:    Student Focused Planning for Transition
                    –IEP Development
                    –Transition Assessment

1:30-4:00:     Transition Assessment (cont.)
               Interagency Collaboration for Transition

October 23
8:30-11:15     The Role of Families in Transition Planning
               Student Development for Transition
                    - Self-Determination Curriculum
                    - Vocational Programs
                    - 18-21 Programs
Quality Indicators of Transition
                            From: Morningstar (2005) Quality Indicator of
                                  Effective Transition Programs




                                         Family
                                       Involvement
                 Transition to
                  Adulthood



  Inclusion,
   Access &
Accountability     Curriculum
                        &
                   Instruction
    What do you Hope to Gain?

• What are your district/program
  strengths?

• What are your district/program
  needs?

• What do you hope to learn in order to
  change and/or enhance your
  practices?
Student-Focused Planning

      IEP Development
  Focusing on Transition Changes How
         We Provide Services
                        • All activities & services
                      • Based upon ed., living,
                     • Postecondary"student
                        within the school =
• Transition is         strengths & and full
                       employment,needs, taking
                         course of study
  Results-Oriented      into account student
                       participation in the
                        preferences agencies and
                       community and interests“
                         • Link with
                         service providers
• Transition is         Accountable vision for the
                     •• Focus on the for programs
                         providing transition
                        future
                       leading to successful
                         services
  Coordinated          outcomes
                      • Dreams should be at the
                         • Work with outside
                        IEP reflects what the
                     • center of transition
                         agencies (including
• Transition is         planning expected to
                       student isto IEP
                         inviting
  Student-Centered     know or be able to do
                         meetings).
                      • Students must be actively
                        IEP = transition IEP
                     • involved in educational and
                         • Reauthorization of
                        transition planning
                         Rehab. Act
                   The IDEA 2004
                   Transition requirements
                   focus on critical
                   elements of transition:
• How we define “transition services”
• How we make decisions about transition
  services based upon appropriate
  assessments
• What is required in a student’s IEP related to
  transition
• How we summarize transition performance
  when students are graduating or exiting
  school.
    IEP Results Process for Transition Services
                      (adapted from: O’Leary, 2005)

Step 1:               Step 2:                  Step 3:                    Step 4:
Measurable            Present Levels           Needed                     Annual IEP
Postsecondary         of Academic              Transition                 Goals
Goals                 Performance              Services


Age             • Education or   a. Course of Study                       Step 5:
Appropriate      Training        b. Needed Services:
                                                                          Summary of
Transition      • Employment     •     Instruction                        Performance
Assessments                      •     Related Services
                • Independent
                                 •     Community Experiences
                 Living
                                 •     Employment and other post-
                                       school adult living objectives
                                 •     Daily Living skills & Functional
                                       Vocational Assessment (when
                                       appropriate)
    Definition of Transition Services
“a coordinated set of activities for a student that –

•   is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is
    focused on improving the academic and functional
    achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the
    child’s movement from school to post-school activities,
    including post-secondary education, vocational education,
    integrated employment (including supported employment),
    continuing and adult education, adult services, independent
    living, or community participation.”
(B) based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the
    child’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and

(C) includes instruction, related services, community
    experiences, the development of employment and other
    post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate,
    acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational
    evaluation. (Section 602, (34).
        NSTTAC Indicator 13 Checklist
      From: http://www.nsttac.org/indicator13/indicator13_main.aspx

1.   Is there a measurable postsecondary goal or goals that covers
     education or training, employment, and, as needed, independent
     living?
2.   Is (are) there annual IEP goal(s) that will reasonably enable the
     child to meet the postsecondary goal(s)?
3.   Are there transition services in the IEP that focus on improving the
     academic and functional achievement of the child to facilitate their
     movement from school to post-school?
4.   For transition services that are likely to be provided or paid for by
     other agencies with parent (or child once the age of majority is
     reached) consent, is there evidence that representatives of the
     agency(ies) were invited to the IEP meeting?
5.   Is there evidence that the measurable postsecondary goal(s) were
     based on age-appropriate transition assessment(s)?
6.   Do the transition services include courses of study that focus on
     improving the academic and functional achievement of the child to
     facilitate their movement from school to post-school?
Does the IEP meet the requirements of Indicator 13? (Circle one)
   –    Yes (all Ys or NAs are circled)
   –    No (one or more Ns circled)
    IEP Results Process for Transition Services
                      (adapted from: O’Leary, 2005)

Step 1:           Step 2:          Step 3:      Step 4:
Measurable        Present Levels   Needed       Annual IEP
Postsecondary     of Academic      Transition   Goals
Goals             Performance      Services



 • Education or
                     Age
   Training
                     Appropriate
 • Employment        Transition
                     Assessments
 • Independent
   Living
Beginning no later than entry into ninth grade or by
   age 16, whichever comes first, or younger if
   determined appropriate by the IEP Team and
           updated annually (GA Rule):
  A student's IEP must include appropriate
    measurable postsecondary goals based
    upon age appropriate transition
    assessments related to training, education,
    employment, and where appropriate,
    independent living skills. The IEP must
    include those transition services (including
    courses of study) needed to assist the
    student in reaching postsecondary goals.
    (Section 614)
Transition Assessment
• Embedded w/in Present
  Levels
• Transition prompts for
  reporting information
• Formal and Informal
  Assessments Reported
         Thinking about Your IEP…
          Forms and Planning Procedures
• Where do you report your transition assessment data?
  Pros/cons of this method.

• Does your IEP provide you with “space” or prompts w/in
  the present levels of education and functional
  performance specific to transition assessment?

• Does your IEP provide you with support for the I-13
  compliance with transition assessment requirements?

• What changes could you make to your form and/or
  procedures to align with best practices?
    IEP Results Process for Transition Services
                      (adapted from: O’Leary, 2005)

Step 1:           Step 2:          Step 3:      Step 4:
Measurable        Present Levels   Needed       Annual IEP
Postsecondary     of Academic      Transition   Goals
Goals             Performance      Services



 • Education or
                     Age
   Training
                     Appropriate
 • Employment        Transition
                     Assessments
 • Independent
   Living
What do “measurable postsecondary goals” mean?
• Goals written by IEP team so      Examples (from NSTTAC):
  that we can measure the           After high school…
  extent to which they were         • I will enroll in the Associates Degree
                                       program at Ocean County
  achieved & schools role in           Community College in August of
  planning                             2009. (separate,
                                       education/training)
• We are NOT talking about IEP      • I will get my undergraduate degree
  goals (“measurable annual            in history and education, to become
  goals”)                              a high school social studies teacher.
                                       (combo: education/training &
• Must take place after HS             employment)
• Education/training &              • Paulo will prepare for work each day
                                       by dressing, making his bed, making
  employment are required              his lunch, and accessing
  Independent living as needed         transportation. (separate,
                                       independent living)
• Postsecondary goals must be       For younger students….
  explicitly stated and then        • I will work with animals
  planned for with: 1. transition   • I will go to school to learn about
  assessment, 2. transition            computers
  services, 3. IEP goals, 4.        • I will live in my own apartment with a
                                       roommate
  interagency collaboration to
  ensure achievement
What about Independent Living MPGs?
        How do you Decide?

• See the Independent Living Postsecondary
  Goal IEP Team Decision Assistance Form
  found at: http://transitioncoalition.org/ >publications >presentations

• See the GA DOE Transition Manual: Transition
  Planning Section
Postsecondary Goals
        Thinking about Your IEP…
         Forms and Planning Procedures

• Where do you report your measurable
  postsecondary goals in your IEP? Pros/cons of
  this method

• Does your IEP provide you with “space” or
  prompts w/in the IEP to ensure compliance with
  I-13 requirements of MPS goals?

• What changes could you make to your form
  and/or procedures to align with best practices?
    IEP Results Process for Transition Services
                       (adapted from: O’Leary, 2005)

Step 1:         Step 2:                  Step 3:                    Step 4:
Measurable      Present Levels           Needed                     Annual IEP
Postsecondary   of Academic              Transition                 Goals
Goals           Performance              Services


                           a. Course of Study
                           b. Needed Services:
                           •     Instruction
                           •     Related Services
                           •     Community Experiences
                           •     Employment and other post-
                                 school adult living objectives
                           •     Daily Living skills & Functional
                                 Vocational Assessment (when
                                 appropriate)
Transition services (including courses of
                 study)
   Transition services must be based upon the student’s
    needs, strengths, preferences and interests and
    focus on the desired postsecondary goals for the
    student.
   The transition services that must be considered by
    the IEP team during the planning process include:
      instruction,
      community experiences,
      related services,
      the development of employment and other post-
       school adult living objectives,
      and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living
       skills and functional vocational evaluations.
              Examples of Transition Services
Instruction                                      Employment
• Enroll in community education or recreation    • Interview adult worker in a career field of interest
  programs of interest                           • Practice completing job applications and interviewing skills
• Complete a study skills training class         • Research three different careers and write a paper about
• Participate in a career awareness program or     them
  class
                                                 Acquisition of Daily Living Skills
Community Experiences                            • Learn about time management
• Meet with military recruiters to discuss       • Take a CPR/First Aid course
  educational benefits                           • Develop a monthly living budget
• Learn about the ADA
• Take classes through the local 4_H             Other Post-School Adult Living Objectives
• Tour postsecondary training programs           • Learn about community agencies that provide services and
                                                   support to people with disabilities
Related Services                                 • Contact Center for Independent Living for independent living
• Identify and visit community mental health       skills classes
  agencies                                       • Inquire into programs such as food stamps, medical
• Learn to use a guide dog effectively             insurance, etc.
• Obtain a mentor through an agency              • Apply for VR services
  providing substance abuse counseling
• Learn to use augmentative communication        Functional Vocational Evaluation
  device in work setting                         • Participate in a situational vocational assessment
                                                 • Participate in job samples in the community
                                                 • Conduct formal aptitude tests such as VALPAR and WRIOT
                   Activity: Determine Marie’s
                   Transition Services
• Education/Training Postsecondary Goal: Upon graduating
  from high school, Marie will participate in on-the-job training to
  expand job duties. She will participate in community adult
  education courses offered through the local independent living
  center

• Employment Postsecondary Goal: Upon graduation from
  high school, Marie will continue working at McDonalds and
  expand her job duties and job hours

• Independent Living Postsecondary Goal: Upon graduation
  from high school, Marie will continue to live in the group
  home, practicing household and daily living skills such as
  cooking a meal and daily hygiene. Within 3 years after
  graduation, Marie will live in her own apartment with friends
  and the appropriate supports to maintain her community living
  situation
           Courses of Study
• “multi-year description of coursework to achieve a
  student’s desired postschool goals”

• “meaningful to the student’s future and motivate the
  student to complete his or her education”

• “attention on how the child’s educational program can
  be planned to help the child make a successful
  transition to his or her goals for life after secondary
  school”

                                  (O’Leary, 2005).
        Thinking about Your IEP…
         Forms and Planning Procedures

• Where do you report your Transition services &
  Courses of study in your IEP? Pros/cons of this
  method

• Does your IEP provide you with “space” or
  prompts w/in the IEP to ensure compliance with
  I-13 requirements for Transition services &
  Courses of study?

• What changes could you make to your form
  and/or procedures to align with best practices?
    IEP Results Process for Transition Services
                       (adapted from: O’Leary, 2005)

Step 1:         Step 2:                  Step 3:                     Step 4:
Measurable      Present Levels           Needed                      Annual IEP
Postsecondary   of Academic              Transition                  Goals
Goals           Performance              Services


                           a. Course of Study
                                                                    Step 5:
                           b. Needed Services:                      Summary of
                           •     Instruction                        Performance
                           •     Related Services
                           •     Community Experiences
                           •     Employment and other post-
                                 school adult living objectives
                           •     Daily Living skills & Functional
                                 Vocational Assessment (when
                                 appropriate)
                IEP Goals are SMART
   From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_(project_management)

Annual goals: "statements that describe what a child with a disability
  can reasonably be expected to accomplish (e.g., master some skill
  or knowledge [not an activity]) within a twelve month period in the
  child's special education program.”
  http://www.calstat.org/iep/6_reading.shtml


• Specific (Who? What? Where?)
• Measurable (How will goal be measured?)
• Action-Oriented (Action words to describe
  what?)
• Realistic & Relevant (Will they be able to
  achieve it? Does it meet the MPS Goals?)
• Time-bound (For tracking & monitoring)
I-13 Checklist Question #2

Is (are) there annual IEP goal(s) that reasonably
enable the child to meet the postsecondary goal(s)?
   How SMART are these Goals in Meeting I-13?
            Think, Pair, Share…..
MPG: After graduation, Alex will enroll in a business math
course at the local technical school
   – Given instruction in the high school Business Math course,
     Alex will participate in class assignments throughout the
     semester.
MPG: After leaving high school, Jodi will obtain a part-time
position in a community retail environment.
   – Given a bi-weekly paycheck, Jodi will practice banking
     skills with 95% accuracy by August 1, 2007
MPG: Upon completion of HS, Lissette will utilize public
transportation, including the public bus and uptown trolley
   – Given several coins, Lissette will match the coin with its
     amount six out of eight times by November 3, 2007
        Thinking about Your IEP…
         Forms and Planning Procedures

• Where do you report Annual IEP Goals in your
  IEP? Pros/cons of this method

• Does your IEP provide you with “space” or
  prompts w/in the IEP to ensure compliance with
  the requirements for I-13 Annual IEP Goals?

• What changes could you make to your form
  and/or procedures to align with best practices?
  Caught in Transition…


                                          SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE
A comprehensive
  evaluation..                             “… a local educational agency shall
                                            provide the child with a summary of
“shall not be required before the           the child's academic achievement
   termination of a child's eligibility     and functional performance, which
   under this part due to graduation        shall include recommendations on
   from secondary school with a             how to assist the child in meeting the
   regular diploma.”                        child's postsecondary goals.”
                                                 IDEA 2004 Sec. 614c (5)
For a student whose eligibility terminates due to
graduation from secondary school or exceeding the age
eligibility for a free appropriate education under State
law:
   (i) a member of the student’s IEP Team … shall provide the student
         with a written Performance Summary;
   (ii) … be based on a historical review of functional assessment and
         evaluation data as well as an interpretation of the effectiveness of
         accommodations and supports;
   (iii) … specify information and data that documents the student’s
         disability; provide information on the nature and extent of
         academic and functional limitations caused by the
         disability; and provide information on the effectiveness of
         accommodations, supports and assistive technology
         previously used to reduce the functional impact of the disability.
   (iv) the Performance Summary should include, whenever possible: (a)
         the most recent evaluations or data that support the narrative
         above; and (b) student input regarding the functional limitations
         of her/his disability and use and effectiveness of accommodations
         and supports.
                                      SOPs on TC site
     Transition Planning Process
Identify Preferences, Interests and Needs
        Using Age Appropriate Transition Assessments




     Develop a Vision for the Future



           Develop Transition IEP
              Measurable Postsecondary Goals
            Transition Services & Course of Study
               Goals, Objectives/Benchmarks
               Interagency Linkages
                   Implement IEP
  Instruction • Community Experiences • Related Services •
Functional Evaluation • Goals & Objectives • Courses of Study •
                     Interagency Linkages




                    Evaluate Results
                   Reconvene the IEP Team
                  Expand Upon Existing IEP
                 Reevaluate & Revise Annually

								
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