If you weren’t able to join us for our last Vitals on November 3rd, the topic was Para’s Role in the Transition Process.
The video and pdf of the PowerPoint can be found under the EVENTS TAB, and look in the AEA Zoom Recordings: 2020-2021 folder. That is where all of our Vitals are posted.
Join us for our next Vitals on Dec. 8th at noon. Our topic will be How to Apply for Waiver Services. We hope you can join us then!
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 184.108.40.206: 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 220.127.116.11 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.
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 email@example.com or 319-356-8637
- Rachell Swanson-Holm at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
New Special Ed Teacher/New AEA Staff Transition Training is scheduled for all day Thursday, 24th and will be held virtually via Zoom. Please make sure you let any new Middle School/High School special education teachers know about this! Also, new or returning AEA staff that will be serving secondary transition students are also encouraged to attend.
Please register by Wednesday, Sept. 16th by clicking NEW TEACHER/NEW AEA STAFF TRANSITION TRAINING
FYI: As we restructure this from a face-to-face training to a virtual training, we may adjust the start time. In order to build in breaks, we may begin earlier since travel time will not be a factor.
Please email Elaine Cook or Tammy McKimmey if you have any questions.
We look forward to learning together with you!
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
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.
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
IVRS is in the process of developing some awesome opportunities to participate in virtual Pre-ETS summer activities. Read below:
This program is offered to all high school students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or documented disability.
If interested in learning more please contact your IVRS representative, or visit our website
for a calendar of events that will be posted in the next few weeks!
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Iowa Legal Aid and The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) have developed a guide entitled Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa 2020 to help further your understanding of guardianship and conservatorship in Iowa. This is a great tool to share!
In this publication, questions like “What is Guardianship and Conservatorship?”, “Who Needs a Guardian or Conservator?” are addressed. The criteria for establishing a guardianship or conservatorship and how to set up a guardianship are explained, as well as how to determine the actual need.
These materials are a general summary of the law. They are not meant to completely explain all that you should know about guardianship and conservatorship. You should see a lawyer to get complete, correct and up-to-date legal advice. Iowa’s law on guardianship and conservatorship is found in Iowa’s Probate Code starting at section 633.551.
This document is also linked under the PARENTS tab under LEGAL CONCERNS on Moving Students Forward for future reference.