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New forms on Moving Students Forward

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 – updateIt 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!!  🙂





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.!


Make Your Mark Conference in September

Please be sure to share this with your families!

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
September 26, 2019—September 27, 2019

Join us for the 2019 Make Your Mark! Conference. Sessions this year are focused on developing your leadership skills.

We are excited to be able to offer FREE registration for individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care support professionals accompanying a participant!* Attendance will be limited to the first 150 people to register. So don’t wait!

For more information and a list of speakers, click THIS LINK

FREE Caregiver Retreat and Transition Conference – June 7-8th

Please share this with any families that have middle school/high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This sounds like a fantastic day of learning about helping young adults on the spectrum transition to adult health care and specialty services.    And remember, this conference is FREE! See the information below:

You must register by May 10th.  Click REGISTER HERE to register


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.


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!


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 


Employment First Guidebook

The Employment First Guidebook  was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home care coordinators with critical information.  It is full of good information about employment for people with disabilities.  There are parts of it that are adult system focused, but there is a lot that is very applicable to our work in schools.  Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator at the DE, pointed out a few key things found in it, but depending on your students, you may want to wander through the entire guidebook.   Here are some of the key things you may want to look at:
  • P 6   – what is Employment 1st – talks about the history of this movement within Iowa and nationally
  • P 9   – nice review of all the different services and supports around work in our state
  • P 26 – encouraging people to work
  • P 28 – WIOA connections
  • P 31 – myth busting scenarios about work
  • P 42 – FAQs
  • P 81 – a nice article in the appendix about high expectations
  • P 93 – a nice article about the influence of families and starting early
As we all know, helping our students learn vocational skill building is vital for their maximum success.   Providing work experience is not just a nice thing to do, it’s the best thing to do to help prepare our students for their transition to life after high school!  Hopefully there are a few helpful tidbits you can use in this resource.


Iowa Work Based Learning Conference – April 2-3rd

IWBL Coordinators PD Workshop
Learning Today • Leading Tomorrow

The Iowa Work-Based Learning Coordinators’ executive committee is excited to invite MOC coordinators, CTE teachers, work-based learning coordinators, business partners, and interested colleagues to join us for our professional development workshop on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3, 2019. This workshop is a collaborative and personalized learning and networking event.

Topics will include updates on work-based learning teaching certifications, OSHA, child labor, insurance information, best practices for making business connections, developing the best training plans and agreements, marketing to families and so much more. This year we have built in even more discussion and networking time including an afternoon social event on Tuesday.

There is a great lineup of breakout sessions and speakers this year to help you develop the best program possible. This event also includes our annual business meeting and voting for the new executive board.

Early bird registration through March 1st – saves you $20.

Register HERE by March 25th to guarantee meals and conference materials.


  • Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center
  • 6111 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321

There is a limited event capacity, so don’t delay!

The 2018-2019 year is a very exciting time for Work-Based Learning Coordinators. With the Future Ready Iowa Initiative, the Iowa Clearinghouse for WBL coming to fruition and the multitude of new programs across the state, IWBL wants to be your go to place for all things Work-Based Learning.  They have a great team, including current and past executive officers, that have a wide range of experiences and knowledge to offer. Please continue to use their PD source of Schoology and check out their website: 

Learning Today • Leading Tomorrow



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,