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!! 🙂
As we prepare for a new school year, we want everyone to know that we have added new items under most of the tabs. The first ones we want to highlight are two newly added student interviews that can be found under the Teachers tab. Then click on the Transition Planning Forms, and go to the Transition Interview Tab. This is where a variety of student interviews can be found.
Recently added was the Independent Living Skills Assessment. This form comes from the Department of Human Services in Washingston state, and students are rated as basic, intermediate, advanced, or exceptional. This assessment can help pinpoint skills that may still need to be worked on because having a basic knowledge in each area is important for long term success. It will also help you decide which independent living skills are already strengths for the student.
Also added was the Student Interview – in depth. This is a great interview to use with your students since it digs a little deeper. It is from Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City, Pennsylvania. If you have done basic student interviews in the past, this could help you discover some additional information for your juniors and seniors.
We hope you are all getting the hang of the new IEP form by now. One important transition change we want to highlight involves the old Development of Work box on Page F (the services page) of the previous IEP. Even though it now has a new title and a new look, it is still recommended to include this box on all secondary transition IEPs.
The old Development of Work box is now the “Transition Activities & Supports” box on the new IEP.
To add it, when you go to page F, click on the Activities tab:
You will need to add a box for the activity, so choose “Transition Activities & Supports” from the Select category drop down menu and click ADD. (See the example below.)
After you have added the new box, type the same information here as you would have in the old Development of Work box on the previous IEP form. If you need help with possible suggestions for this section, please contact one of the transition coordinators and we will gladly help you with possible suggestions.