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.
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
You are invited to submit a proposal to present at DCDT’s 2018 International Conference,
“River of Dreams” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
The Iowa Department of Education has agreed to pay for one day of registration for Iowa educators whose proposals have been accepted! This is a great opportunity, so get your proposals in now and save some $$ for this great transition conference in October!!
Deadline for Submission: April 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm
Decision Date: June 30, 2018
Link for Submission: https://tinyurl.com/2018DCDTProposal (You will need to create a log-in.)
Once the proposal is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to review your proposal for any changes before it is reviewed
The Iowa DCDT board, as well as, the National DCDT board are requesting participation from Iowa educators across the state. We would like to showcase the resources, collaboration, and special projects that are occurring in the area of transition. You guys do awesome work, so grab a friend and write up that proposal!
So, to submit your proposal, click: https://tinyurl.com/2018DCDTProposal
We are looking for special education teachers, AEA & university personnel who would like to present at the upcoming DCDT Conference in Cedar Rapids in October, 2018.
You are invited to submit a proposal to present at DCDT’s 2018 International Conference, “River of Dreams” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
- Deadline for Submission: April 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm
- Decision Date: June 30, 2018
- Link for Submission: https://tinyurl.com/2018DCDTProposal
You will need to create a log-in. If you submitted a proposal last year, you will need to create a new log-in. Once the proposal is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to review your proposal for any changes before it is reviewed.
Let’s show them all the great ways we are doing transition in Iowa!
Special Education Summer Symposium
Register at: https://spedsymposium2018.eventbrite.com
Featured Plenary Speakers (scheduled)
Strand Topics and Highlights
Family Engagement – “The Power of Relationships”
Presentations will focus on research of, strategies for, and personal experiences with family-school relationships. Content includes relationship-based approaches to family engagement, “The Dance of Partnership” by Janice Fialka, and the global journey of Chris Ulmer, a former special education teacher who travels the world interviewing people who are neuro-diverse in an effort to demonstrate the benefits of inclusion.
Secondary Transition – “Making Connections to Employment”
Presentations will focus on the continuum of services and partnerships to enhance student preparation for post secondary employment. Content includes From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities featuring author Elizabeth C. Hamblet, recent legal cases presented by ISU’s Dr. Angela Prince, collaborating with partners enriches opportunities for students, WIOA opens doors, and strategies for the classroom.
Significant Disabilities – “Ensuring Conditions for High Quality Specially Designed Language and Literacy Instruction”
Presentations will focus on the use of research evidenced-based language and literacy instruction aligned to the Iowa Core Essential Elements. Content includes implementation of Core Vocabulary featuring Dr. Karen Erickson, whose research is focused on communication, literacy, and academic instruction and assessment for students with significant disabilities. Grant participants of the Significant Disabilities strand will also share their experiences and the system structures they have built to support implementation of Iowa’s Specially Designed Instruction Framework.
Leadership – “Strengthening Teams and Elevating Performance Through Intentional Leadership”
Sessions in this strand will be geared toward teacher-leaders and administrators. Dan Rockwell, also known as the Leadership Freak will facilitate an interactive session focused on maximizing the return on your energy as a leader. He will share fresh ideas and strategies around accountability, feedback and positive culture. A few other highlights in the Leadership strand will include a 2 part “Hot Topics” legal panel featuring Thomas Mayes and Miriam Van Heukelem, a Parent/School panel talking about Chapter 103b,a Coaching Workshop and a session on “Graduation Guidance” to support IEP teams in preparing students for post-school success.
K-12 Literacy – “High-Leverage Instructional Practices”
Sessions will focus on high-leverage instructional practices that fuel effective and efficient classroom interaction and student outcomes for persistently struggling readers. Dr. Denise DeCoste will facilitate a panel discussion on how to use the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR/uPAR) and provide both basic and advanced sessions on The DeCoste Writing Protocol. Other featured sessions include those by Linda Farrell (author and teacher, Readsters) and Wendy Robinson (Heartland Director of Instructional Services, SLP, dyslexia expert).
The Early Childhood strand will include national experts Dr. Rosemarie Allen, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Larry Edelman, Mollie Romano, and Kat Cripe. Topics will include using technology in Early Intervention, Preschool Suspension and Expulsion, Torsh Talent, Family Guided Routines Based Intervention, and assessment in early childhood. Additionally, come learn from Iowa teachers about their experiences implementing the LEAP preschool model for children with ASD as well as hearing from participants in our work on high-quality Specially Designed Instruction through implementation of the DEC Recommended Practices.
The Behavior strand will address interventions when students exhibit problematic behaviors that interfere with their learning and/or social relationships. Several sessions will include interventions for students diagnosed with mental illness (e.g., Anxiety, Depression) who display problematic behaviors by accounting for the function of behavior and providing skill development based in various therapies (i.e., Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness practices, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Michigan’s Peer to Peer program will be introduced in sessions as a method to improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), students who are at-risk, and students having academic and behavior concerns. Although the Peer to Peer program was designed for students with ASD to improve their engagement in the school community and to teach social and problem solving skills, outcomes were identified for students who served as the LINKS for the student with ASD to the school community. Specifically, decreased behavioral referrals, improved grades, and improved attendance were seen by students who were identified as at-risk and having academic and behavioral concerns.
The price is right… there is NO REGISTRATION FEE to attend, but you must fill out the registration form above to reserve your spot! Hope to see you there!
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.
- 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.