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9
Apr

County Services & Community Providers


We had a great zoom meeting today, and the recording will be added under the EVENTS tab, then under the 2018-2019 recordings.  We discussed multiple considerations for possible services and supports that families may want to consider for their child(ren) as appropriate.  Topics discussed were:

  • Photo ID
  • Guardianship or Power of Attorney
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Waiver Services
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Selective Service

There are so many resources available, and it is hard to know what possible some of the options are for families.  Please share this PDF or connect them to the recording.  And if you have any specific questions, please let us know!

 County Services & Community Providers

The video of our zoom can be found under the EVENTS tab on our website;  go to AEA Zooms 2018-2019 and scroll down to find the link to watch the recorded zoom.  There may be helpful discussion included on that based on the attached PDF above.

5
Apr

Letting Go – Encouraging Self-Advocacy Skills


Last month our transition zoom was on the importance of letting go and helping encourage (model) self-advocacy skills for our students.  This is a critical life skill that needs to be embedded into our students’ each and every day, in order to help prepare them for life after high school.   Be sure to help them develop these important skills!

18
Mar

Potential HBCS Service Changes – – Please share with your families


Please share this info with your teams,  teachers, and families!  This is important information to get out to our families of students who receive services through a waiver. See message below:

A third Managed Care Organization by the name of Iowa Total Care will be entering the system on July 1st.  Medicaid recipients will be redistributed to include this third provider.  Letters will be sent in March to families with an announcement of who their new MCO provider will be (if changed).  If families are notified that they are reassigned and they want to stay with their current provider, they will have until June 18th to deny the change.  The request to change to a different MCO will only be allowed at this time unless in an annual open enrollment period.

Your students/families who receive HCBS services will likely (with some exceptions) be getting a letter with information about their reassignment.  Families need to be aware that they DO NOT have to accept this reassignment.  They have until June 18 to make their wishes known or their reassignment will be enacted. Please review this information with families as you see fit.

DHS – informational letter – Member Open Choice 

24
Jan

Voc Rehab Counselors List Updated & HS vs College Accommodations List


Just wanted everyone to know that IVRS has filled some open positions, and the IVRS Counselors by School 2018-2019 contact sheet has been updated to reflect these changes.  If you printed the list this fall, you will need to print the updated version for your file.

Also, as many IEPs are being held yet, we are attaching a sheet entitled Differences between High School & College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities  that is used  by one of our local community colleges.  At each high school IEP, it is important to review student’s accommodations and modifications to see if they still need/use all of them listed on the previous IEP.  It is also very important to discuss that VERY FEW high school accommodations will follow them to college, and almost NO modifications will be allowed at the postsecondary level.  It is important to help the student understand how this may impact their postsecondary plans,

7
Jan

Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams


As stated in the last post on Graduation Requirements, the Iowa Department of Education as released an updated version with some additional information.   Click Graduation Guidance for IEP Teams for the latest information how how these changes may impact our students on IEPs.

Please carefully help plan your students’/children’s class schedules as we wait for more details to be released.  Remember, this will impact this year’s freshman class.

19
Nov

Graduation Requirements


Our last Vitals for Transition zoom was on changes in graduation requirements that were sent out by the Iowa Department of Education  earlier this fall.

The document can be found here:  Administrative Consideration for Changes in Definition of Diploma

This change will impact this year’s freshman class, so it is critically important that we ensure that students’ second semester schedules (or second trimester) are well thought through with this new change.  Curriculum mapping may need to be done for classes being taught in the reverse consultation model to show alignment with the Iowa Academic Standards in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

Here is the video of our conversation:

It is vitally important to take the time NOW to make sure your freshman (and this year’s eighth graders) schedules are purposefully planned to help them reach their full potential in regards to these changes.

24
Jul

Register soon for this great Transition Opportunity in our own backyard!!


Join us October 24-26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the 2018 DCDT International Conference

Pre-Conference: October 24, 2018
Conference: October 25-26, 2018

The International DCDT (Division on Career Development & Transition) Conference is going to be in our great state of Iowa this October!  This is the perfect opportunity to hear the most current updates in transition for our youth.

For registration and hotel information, please click DCDT 2018

Please consider taking time to attend this conference, especially since it has never been in our own backyard before!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine Cook

 

 

8
Jan

Encouraging Self-Advocacy for your students


As you know, helping our children/students to continually improve their self-advocacy skills is vitally important.  If you are looking for a simple tool to help, please go to An Educational Journey from Self-Discovery to Advocacy.  This handbook was revised by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and Transition Consulting, LLC. Funding was provided by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

This book  is divided into 5 chapters:
  • Chapter 1 – Disability Awareness
  • Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate
  • Chapter 3 – Transition: Career Planning and Community Connections
  • Chapter 4- Participating in Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meetings
  • Chapter 5- Resources

Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate  has some very user friendly ideas that can be easily used in the classroom. Know that you can use any or all of these pages as a stand-alone item or done as the entire chapter.

Please remember to continually encourage your students to learn to speak up for themselves, as this will be a skill that will help them be as successful as they can be throughout their lives.

 

 

 

5
Dec

Summer Externship Experience for Teachers


We just got the following information today about Summer Externship Experiences for High School teachers.  This could provide some eye-opening work exploration options for teachers!  See the letter below to see if this is something you think could be a great opportunity for your hands-on learning:

What is an Externships?

An externship is an unique professional development opportunity for educators to connect the workplace to the classroom. It provides an opportunity for educators to spend time in a business/industry to learn through hands-on experience about practices related to their subject in order to improve and strengthen their teaching by bringing relevance to student learning.

Purpose

The purpose of an externship is for educators to learn how classroom content and learning strategies apply in the workplace by engaging in daily activities of a local business and/or industry. Educators are able to build the bridge between knowledge and skill-based education by being updated about current workplace practices, requirements, and employability skills that meet current industry standards. The experience will be able to bring relevance to student learning by being able to tie real-world application to their lessons.

Benefits

  • Provide a fresh perspective about today’s workplace and the skills students need to succeed.
  • Increase ability to explain the value of what students are learning and why it is relevant.
  • Provides an experience to learn new technology and first-hand knowledge of what businesses need and expect of its future workforce.
  • Ability to help students learn employability and adaptability skills in order to be prepared for the workforce.
  • Connect basic academic skills to employability skills by constructive conversation with business and industry.
  • Opportunity to have any questions answered by a business professional and aid in the design of a lesson plan.

Program Quick Facts

  • Educators will receive a stipend of $800 upon completion of an externship and its requirements during the summer.
  • Eight externships spots will be offered after being reviewed by the externship committee.
  • Educators will present to community members, business partners, principals, and economic developers about their experience.

Important Dates

  • February 5, 2018|Deadline for applications
  • February 6-13 | Set up interviews & contact administration reference
  • Week of February 19 | Applicant interview
  • August 1, 2018| Presentation

Externships Guidelines

Application Requirements

  • An applicant must be an educator in the high school setting.
  • An educator must complete the application fully including the administrator recommendation, externship agreement, and attach a resume.
  • Applicants must choose career fields or businesses that are relevant to their current position on the application to be considered for selection.
  • An applicant will be interviewed as part of the selection process due to limited number of participants.
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • An applicant is ineligible if they have already done an externship the prior year. This gives other educators an opportunity to participate but still encourages past participants to have another experience.

Placements

  • Externs will be placed in only one business for one week. There will not be multiple placements given unless a business cannot accommodate an extern for a week.
  • There will be an emphasis on placing educators in jobs that are in demand in our area.
  • The committee has final say about placement and will use their own discretion on where they see fit for placement.

Extern Requirements

  • All required paperwork must be submitted prior to the start date of their externship. If the paperwork is not turned in the externship will be considered invalid.
  • If an extern does not communicate after three attempts by the Iowa Central staff, the extern will be dropped from the program.
  • The journal must be completed in full and turned in on the date of the presentation.
  • The presentation date is mandatory and no exemptions will be given. Presentations need to be completed in order to receive payment.

Presentation Guidelines

  • Presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Presentation has to be given on August 1, no exceptions.
  • Presentations should answer the following questions:
    • How can you help students be prepared for the workforce?
    • How can you implement workplace skills and knowledge into every day lessons to provide relevance of textbook learning to the workplace?
    • How can you utilize your experience to help students?
    • How do you plan to continue to foster your relationship with your business host?
    • What is one thing that you will take away from this experience?
  • The presentation should also touch on the lesson plan they created in the journal.

If you have any questions, please call Samantha Harms at 515-574-1076 or e-mail her at harms@iowacentral.edu

26
Oct

New Assessments to check out


We hope you are all surviving the year so far!  Students, families and teachers alike have officially transitioned into the new school year and are off to a great start!

We have added several new assessments for you to check on out on our Moving Students Forward website:

 

Strengths, Interests, &  Preferences Pictures

This resource can be used with students/children who are non-verbal and/or need pictures to communicate their strengths, interests and preferences.  This is just a sample of what could be created for  a classroom using a variety of resources.  Thanks for sharing this great tool!

 

 

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Transition Planning – Skills for Life 

Use the skill statements to help with the development of postsecondary transition goals and their supporting activities or services.  This transition assessment should be completed by the student, parents, and educational staff. Then compare the results from the multiple sources to develop a transition plan.
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This survey definitely lives up to its name!  It is a great resource to use with your students. It asks a wide variety of questions that help students think about all the components of living, learning and working. This survey helps to document what the student’s current preferences are in regards to these areas.
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 Career Cluster Interest Survey      This is a handy tool to help align your students’ interests to the 16 career clusters.  It is normal that student’s interests tend to change over time.  This survey is intended for use as a guidance tool to generate discussion regarding various careers for students.  Depending on your student’s reading
ability, it can be done independently or in a one:one setting where you go over each section together.
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Student Dream Sheet

The Student Dream Sheet is a good resource to help students start connecting the dots to help them reach their dreams.   It asks some basic questions that make them start thinking about what they may need to do to reach their dreams/desired outcomes.  It addresses the living, learning, and working sections of the IEP.

Hopefully some of these new assessments will be just what you’ve been looking for!  🙂