Hello, Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC)
First of all, in this unusual time, we hope you and your families are well, and that if you are perhaps inconvenienced, you are not ill as a result of the COVID 19 issues.
Understanding how disrupted everyone’s lives have been due to the current situation, the decision has been made to move forward with our scheduled webinars, in an effort to provide an opportunity to learn and connect with each other. We have a two-part series on Technology and Transition scheduled for April 7 and May 12. Registration information for the April 7 session is included below. If the situation changes and we are not able to provide the webinar, we will notify you via email.
April 7 Session
We are pleased to invite you to our April ISTLC webinar Accessible Technology Considerations to Support Educational Independence. Our presenters are Lea Ann Peschong, Speech-Language Pathologist and AT Regional Lead with Central Rivers AEA and Tiffanie Zaugg, AT Coordinator and Lead for Students with Significant Disabilities with Prairie Lakes AEA, and Iowa Department of Education State AT Lead. Both Lea Ann and Tiffanie are experienced and have a high level of expertise in the area of Assistive Technology and we appreciate their willingness to provide this learning opportunity.
About this webinar:
Through the use of assistive technology (AT), students with academic disabilities are successfully and independently pursuing post-secondary education. To meet their unique learning needs, students must be informed, have access, and utilize various features of AT that support their needs. This webinar will focus specifically on the areas of reading, writing, and organization. Session participants will gain an understanding of considerations related to the identification and use of AT features critical to promoting independence in these areas.
Lea Ann and Tiffanie invite you to submit questions you would like them to address during the webinar through this Google Form. Please submit your questions as soon as possible so that they have time to review and prepare prior to the session on April 7.
Register for Accessible Technology Considerations to Support Educational Independence, February 25, 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm at:
Please be sure to register if you plan to attend, so that you receive connection information specific to this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Live captions will be available upon request. This and other accommodations you need to participate in the webinar(s) may be requested from Jess or Sandy at email@example.com a minimum of 7 days before the session.
Share information about this learning opportunity with your teams and distribution lists. If anyone is not already on our e-mailing list and want to be, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them in future notifications.
Each webinar in the series is recorded and shared back with the mailing list after the session. We also remind you that all of the ISTLC webinars and support materials are archived on the ISTLC site, available for your use and so that you can easily share them with other educators, families and community partners.
We look forward to seeing you on April 7 at 3:00 pm.
If you are looking for some great ideas that combine both OT/PT and transition, have we got a deal for you!
Consider attending the AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference on April 2 -3rd in Altoona, IA.
Click here to register: http://bit.ly/38rcc4k using course 182391
- Register by March 27th
- Lunch provided
- 12.0 CEUs available
- Cost: $85
If you are looking for some great ideas to develop your school to work program, consider attending this conference on Aprill 22-23rd in Ankeny. For more information and registration, go to https://www.acteonline.org/wbl-conference/#toggle-id-5
At our last zoom (January 14, 2020) on Self-Advocacy and Student-led IEPs, we shared two new forms that you may want to consider using to help students with their long term planning. Both of these tools are from the ME! Lessons for Teaching Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Curriculum. This is located at the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma.
The first form was the Self Awareness Project Planning Guide. This form can help organize information into a beginning three-step process that aligns with their living, learning, and working goals.
The second form was “Where do I go from here?” This form again is aligned with the student’s postsecondary expectations but helps break the process down into different actions to help them see what responsibilities they may need to take to make it happen.
These two new forms will also be posted on the TEACHER tab, under Student Led IEPs.
The links have been corrected on the two new Google versions of the General Education Classroom summaries that were posted on January 5th so you should now be able to open them and save a copy.
Thanks to KM for the heads-up that these were not workable links!! 🙂
And sorry that we forgot to make the sharing changes so you could access them!
Now, go make a copy and get some good information to share with your families! 🙂
On our Vitals for Transition Zoom “Updates on the Transition Alignment Process” (posted under the EVENTS tab) we shared several new forms and websites for your use. Here are a few you may want to add to your transition toolbox:
General Education Classroom Summary – Version 1 Google form: This is similar to the printable one-page version on this site, but with the ease of a Google form. If you choose to use it, be sure to first SAVE A COPY for your own personal use. Then, each time you want to use it, save it for each specific student you are using it for because Google will allow you to print a compiled list of your teacher’s responses that you can share at the student’s meeting. This is a great way to share this information with parents.
General Education Classroom Survey – Version 2 Google form: This form is similar to the one above, and was shared with us by Manson NW Webster teacher Alexandrea Hanson, so thanks!! Again, you would need to SAVE A COPY of this form for your own personal use, just like above.
Here is the paper copy of the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) This form now has a front & a backside, so hopefully will capture more transferrable (soft) skills that will be important for students to have as they transition to life after high school.
There are several new forms that have been added to our MSF website. A few will be highlighted here, but we may have forgetten to note them all. Use as you need, and if you have any questions, please let us know!
First, hopefully by now all of you have received an updated copy of our Page B – Best Practices Fall 2019 – update. It is printed on bright green paper, if that helps you know which form we are referring to. This form REPLACES the one that is found in our Guiding Transition Booklet, since we updated the graduation requirement section due to the changes that took effect last year.
Next, we have updated the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) form. This form can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANSITION PLANNING FORMS tab, and you will find it listed in the column. We added four more questions to the bottom of the Likert Scale section, and moved the valuable teacher input to the back of the page. And soon we hope to share a google form version of this with you to use, if you prefer to get your input that way! Stay tuned!
Also new this year is the Competitive Employment Skills Sheet This can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANISITON PLANNING FORMS tab, then under the WORKING RESOURCES tab. Thanks to the Ft. Dodge teachers for sharing this great form that they developed! Whoo hoo! It is great because it gets the perspective from all three parties: the parent, the student, and the educator! Thanks Ft. Dodge!! 🙂
Check out the video link below! This is NOT new information, but it is in a NEW FORMAT. This video follows the text of the family guidance document on this topic. It is easy to watch and to listen to, and should be helpful to families.!
Please be sure to share this with your families!
Join us for the 2019 Make Your Mark! Conference. Sessions this year are focused on developing your leadership skills.
We are excited to be able to offer FREE registration for individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care support professionals accompanying a participant!* Attendance will be limited to the first 150 people to register. So don’t wait!