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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 

12
Mar

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.

18
Feb

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.

Location

  • 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:  http://www.iowawbl.org 

Learning Today • Leading Tomorrow

 

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,

18
Jan

Iowa Work-Based Learning Workshop – April 2-3, 2019


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.

Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport and Conference Center

6111 Fleur Drive

Des Moines, IA 50321

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.

We have 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 new executive board.

Early bird registration through March 1st – saves you $20.   CLICK HERE to register

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

We do have a limited event capacity, so don’t delay!

Learning Today • Leading Tomorrow

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

 

 

20
Mar

Your Proposal is needed ASAP!! Let’s show them all the GREAT things we’ve got going in Iowa!!


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