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.
Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” certainly is wrong, and my experience with our new blog is constant proof of this!
My new learning for this week was when an AEA co-worker said that she could not print any of the resources we had told her were on our great new sight. Being the visual learner that I am, I had her show me the steps she was taking…. which then made me wonder if anyone else out there has also had this problem? So here goes with the explanation!
When you go to the tabs (Teacher, Student, Parent, Resources, etc) and choose a link to open, there will be a short description/explanation of the resource that is waiting for you up “in the cloud!” (Still can’t wrap my head around that nebulous concept!!)
If you want to see the attachment that is described, you need to CLICK on the title/wording that is in bold blue letters, and the document will then open, and you can print it if you would like.
My AEA co-worker was going to the BOTTOM of the post, where there are options to link/share the post on either Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, or Print. She was trying the print the document from there (which could seem logical) but was only getting the blog page to print, since that is the function of this print button.
So, please know the resources really are there and waiting for you to view &/or print, but you must CLICK on the bold, blue letters to open it first. Happy clicking!!