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22
Oct

Secondary Transition Updates


Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator for the Iowa Department of Education, shared a few updates around Secondary Transition in Iowa as we navigate this school year with so many changes.  While these updates are relatively brief, she hopes they can provide some support and resources for you and  your teams as you are returning to school this year. 

Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC):  This will be the second year of the ISTLC. We will continue to offer webinars that will be recorded, and all past sessions are included in the link above.  For any new staff you may have at the secondary level, please consider sharing the Transition 101 resources in the tab to the right. 

 

Regular Diploma and 4.3.3.3:  Our first students to be impacted by the change in rules for regular diploma will be juniors this year!  It is critical that IEP teams are reviewing graduation dates and progress toward graduation with all students with IEPs.  For students who may have been following an individualized pathway with alterations to the standards/expectations in coursework and documentation towards graduation needs to catch up with the instruction that has taken place, you may want to consider using a template to help you take a look back and document the progress.  Feel free to modify this however it best fits for your district/students.  

Transcript Notations:  Related to regular diploma and 4.3.3.3 are questions about transcripts when standards have been modified for a student.  Please take into account the following guidance as you work with your teams around planning for and documenting graduation requirements on transcripts:

“A notation on the transcript cannot identify the student as qualifying for special education services.  Wording such as “special education goals” and IEP goals” for example or any other terminology that would identify the student as entitled for special education services may not be used. The wording “modified standard” is a legal notation, however, so long as modifications are available to any other student. Research recommends noting modified standards on permanent records and transcripts the same way it is done on the report card; by placing an asterisk (*) or some other symbol beside each grade that is based on a modified standard and then indicating on the form that this means the grade or mark is based on modified standards.  No other information regarding the nature of the modification is needed as students may need modifications for a variety of reasons. This notation is imperative for honesty and accuracy in the information being reported for college and career decisions.”

 

Return 2 Learn support – Secondary Transition:  This document was developed by a statewide team and provides resources and tools for virtual/hybrid and in person learning.  There are also tips for applying effective transition planning practices through the use of the Iowa Transition Model. It was shared statewide in August and is a part of the Compendium of Resources for Special Education.  

15
Sep

Transition to Adulthood: Webinar Series for Families of Youth with Special Health Care Needs


This webinar series is designed for Iowa parents, legal guardians, and caregivers of transition-aged youth (12-21 years old) with special health care needs. Session topics will include issues involved in the transition of youth to adult health care and specialty services.

TO REGISTER: Click here 

For questions contact:

  • Diane Brenneman at diane-brenneman@uiowa.edu or 319-356-8637
  • Rachell Swanson-Holm at rachell-swanson-holm@uiowa.edu or 515-955-8326

See the flyer below for all of the upcoming topics.  This is some great information to share with our schools and families!

18
Aug

Great Transition Resources for R2L Support for Secondary Transition Considerations


The Department of Ed has created a very useful resource to support secondary transition services for typical and continuous/hybrid learning models during COVID-19.  There are many great links to check out, so please bookmark this site! Check out R2L Support for Secondary Transition

 

 

3
Aug

Make Your Mark 2020 Conference goes virtual!


The Iowans with Disabilities in Action just released information on their upcoming Make Your Mark 2020 virtual conference.  The theme is Your VISION for the Future.  For more information and to register, click on REGISTER NOW below.

To register for the MAKE YOUR MARK 2020 Conference click REGISTER NOW

Please pass the word – -Those who register by August 11, 2020 will receive a conference T-shirt and bag. Registration closes on August 28th.

3
Jun

Check out the updated Voc Rehab Pre-ETS summer opportunities for students


Check out the updated Voc Rehab opportunities that are available for students!  Please pass this along and make sure your students and families are aware of these great learning experiences!   Please visit https://ivrs.iowa.gov/events/month to register for the sessions you are interested in attending!

You can download the brochure here:  IVRS Summer Pre-ETS Statewide Activities Flyer

10
Mar

AEA OT/PT Postsecondary Transition Conference – April 2-3


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

AEA_Iowa_OTPTConference_Flyer

 

 

20
Jan

New Self-Advocacy tools


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.

7
Jan

Links corrected on new Google forms!!


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!  🙂

 

 

17
Sep

Regular Diploma Guidance for Families


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.!

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.