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4
Aug

Save the Date: Iowa Transition Conference, Sept. 28-29th


You are all invited (both parents, teachers, and AEA) to attend the Iowa Transition Iowa Transition Conference 2013Conference being held this year at the Scheman Building in Ames on September 28-29th. There are a few things that are different this year which hopefully will allow more people from around the state to attend:

  1. It is being held in a more central location this year – Ames
  2. The registration cost is significantly less than in the past few years – $0🙂

The planning committee is working diligently to make this an informative two days for you and your co-workers. Some of the topics on the draft agenda include:  executive functioning, occupational therapy and its place in the transition process, transition resources in the classroom and community, service dogs in the school and the workplace, customized employment, assistive technology, etc.

Additional information about the conference, including the registration link and hotel information can be found on the Department of Education’s website at:  https://www.educateiowa.gov/event/2016-iowa-transition-conference.

Please help spread the word about this great conference, and sign up today to reserve your spot.  We hope to see many of you and your colleagues for great learning together in Ames this September!

3
May

Registration link for Special Education Symposium!


The registration link is finally up for the Special Education Symposium!  Click here:  REGISTER”  to sign up today!  See the details on the flyer below for more information.

SPED Symposium Registration 2016

Registration is under way for the 2016 Special Education Symposium held in Des Moines June 13-14.

The symposium, which is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and is at no cost to participants, is intended for special education teachers, teacher leaders and mentors, Area Education Agency staff, administrators, and families with students with disabilities.

Breakout sessions will include topics such as enhancements for early interventions, literacy and significant disabilities, improving adolescent literacy, leadership supports in special education, teaching social emotional skills, and addressing Specially Designed Instruction through diagnosis, design, delivery and engagement.

Keynote speakers are Don Deshler, a nationally known expert is Specially Designed Instruction and Todd Whitaker, who specializes in staff motivation for teachers and administrators. Another keynote speaker is Tim Harris, a 26-year-old with Down Syndrome who owns and runs his restaurant in Albuquerque, Ariz. He also runs a nonprofit, Tim’s Big Heart Foundation, which helps people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

In addition to the keynote speakers, there also will be nationally renowned speakers at the breakout sessions.

The symposium will be held at the Iowa Events Center. When making hotel reservations, be sure to mention that you are attending the Iowa Department of Education Symposium.

We look forward to learning and networking with you there!

16
Mar

WIOA what?!?


No… that is NOT Iowa spelled incorrectly!  If you have heard the acronym “WIOA” it stands for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.   WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

WIOA-Logo

There are still lots of details to work out as this new process moves forward, so to help you have some basic information, here are several documents that may help you understand some of these changes:

  1.  Memorandum of Agreement notice between IVRS & the DE
  2.  WIOA Webinar Powerpoint  – Dec. 2015
  3.  WIOA Webinar – approximately 30 minutes
  4.  FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 

All of the information above may be found on the Department of Education website under Special Education/Secondary Transition.

As more information comes out, we will keep you posted!

14
Feb

Job Interests Picture Inventory & Strengths, Interests, & Preference Visual


The Job Interests Picture Inventory is another great tool you can use with your students that may need a visual cue on possible employment options.Job interests picture inventory pic

This form was created by a fellow teacher, so a special thanks for both his creativity AND his willingness to share!  Helping and learning from others…. now that’s what we want to model for our kids, right? 🙂

So, since he showed us a great example, if there are other careers that you want your students to have to choose from, you now have a guide for creating one on your own.

You could do something similar by using pictures from a computer program like Board Maker, etc. to make a visual representation to help your students determine their strengths, interests & preferences.  Click Strengths, Interests, Preferences Picture Options for yet another great sample that was shared!

Keep all your great ideas coming!  Together, we can help make our kids/student’s transition as seamless as possible!

 

 

 

2
Feb

Look, Cook & Eat: Great Digital Cookbook option!


Check out this great website Look, Cook & Eat and then share it with your friends & families!  And it’s nice to know that this site was developed by a local Des Moines person.  It’s a great resource to utilize with our schools who teach more of a life skills program, so be sure to pass this site along to others, including your school’s Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers!

Look Cook & Eat

  • It costs $30 for a year subscription to a digital step by step cooking magazine for individuals with disabilities.
  • It shares easy to follow videos, and is a great resource!
  • It’s about being able to fix well-balanced but easy meals… something many of us  (well, at least myself!!) can always use!

So, check it out, and see if this is a perfect tool to help our students/children become even more independent!

15
Jan

Special Education Symposium – June 13-14, 2016


This is the save the date info we got on the upcoming Special Education Symposium in June in Des Moines.  It should be a great day of learning, so mark your calendars!  We will update this as we get more information!

save the date June16

8
Jan

Repeated Transition Training for Special Ed Teachers


Prairie Lakes AEA is offering a repeated session of our all day transition training for Middle School & High School Special Education teachers entitled Roadmap to Success:  Navigating the World of Transition on Wednesday, February 17th at the AEA Office in Pocahontas from 9:00 – 3:00.  This training must have a minimum fo 25 attendees and will be capped at 60 teachers.   (**This is the same training that was originally held on Dec. 9, 2015, and we are offering it again for those who were not able to attend the first time.)  This is a great opportunity for teachers to team together and find out all the changes that impact their students!  Lunch is on your own.   

Registration will close on Tuesday, February  2nd.  To attend, register by clicking: 

See the details pasted below.  We will be covering many transition topics, including basic information on Voc Rehab and County Waiver Services.  If you weren’t able to attend in December, we hope you can join us for a day of learning!

Transition Teacher Training flyer - Feb. 2016Please let us know if you have any questions!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please email us if you have any questions, and we look forward to a great day of learning together!

 

5
Jan

“My Next Move” website


My Next Move website is a great website by O*NET Online.  This site has three search tools:

1.)  “I want to be a…” section helps students explore whatever career they type in the search box.

2.)  “I’ll know it when I see it…” section helps students browse careers by various industries, which are in the drop-down menu.

3.) “I’m not really sure…” section helps students evaluate possible interests areas by completing the Interest Profiler.

my next move website

This site is a quick and easy way for students to explore various careers they are interested in, so when they have some extra time with “nothing to do,” have them log on and see what is involved in their possible interest areas.

For example, if you type in carpenter, you get a list of different careers in carpentry.  Just one of the career options gives you the information below:

my next move - careerAlso, there is a tab at the bottom left side of the home page if you have students/children who need to explore this website in Spanish.

So, bookmark this easy-to-use site for your child/student to explore!

16
Dec

Age of Majority – TRANSLATIONS are done!!


The Iowa Department of Education has just posted the Age of Majority documents in multiple languages on the DE Website!  This is multilingualgreat for our families who need to understand these important topics in different languages.  The links include not only the parent and student guides, but also copies of the Power of Attorney (directions and actual form) and a copy of the revocation of Power of Attorney (both directions & actual form).

The Age of Majority materials are now in English, Arabic, Bosnian, Laotian, Serbo- CroatianSpanish, and Vietnamese.   (Hint:  One district gives both the English copy, as well as, the copy in the family’s language to help them learn the words – – via the parent’s request!) Below are the links, which are also found on the DE web site at the top of this page:

Age of Majority Materials in English

Arabic Age of Majority Materials

Bosnian Age of Majority Materials

Laotian Age of Majority Materials

Serbo-Croatian Age of Majority Materials

Spanish Age of Majority Materials

Vietnamese Age of Majority Materials

Thanks, Iowa DE, for translating these for our families!!

2
Dec

Updated Junior/Senior Postsecondary Checklist


The Junior-Senior Checklist – for Postsecondary has recently been updated toJr-Sr Checklist better reflect a “to do” list for students before they head off for additional training after graduating from high school.

If you have copies of the original sheet, please recycle those and use this revised version.   The major change is due to the shift in Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Your high school counselor is also an excellent resource for other postsecondary considerations.

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