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New Recordkeeping Resources

As we travel around the state, we take note of resources you ask for or that could help you best serve your students. One area of discussion is how to gather better information for students who may be working on a Certificate of Completion and are participating in outside community and/or work experiences.

Here are a few (fillable) inventories that we hope will be useful in those situations. We're linking to them below, but they'll also be located on the Transition Assessment Matrix: 

  • Community Summary Log:  Use this as an ongoing record of where students have worked in the community. It is perfect for resume building and is a great resource to pass along to adult service providers. It also allows you to make notes about the student’s likes/dislikes of the placement.
  • Volunteer Summary Log:  Similar to the Community Summary Log, this provides a place to keep a running track record of volunteer experiences.
  • Work Skills:  This checklist addresses some of the basic, but important skills needed for employment. Students can determine, with your support as needed, whether or not they are able to do the skill by themselves, with help, or if it is a skill they would like to learn.
  • How Do I Advocate for Myself? This four-question inventory allows you to gather basic knowledge regarding how a student interacts with others, makes decisions, and informs other of their needs.

The Teacher's Toolbox

This week the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is highlighting a great resource from the Indiana Department of Education: The Teachers’ Toolbox!

The Teachers’ Toolbox is a content-focused resource newsletter for classroom instruction. The Toolbox is organized by both topic and grade levels. Content specialists provide classroom resources, strategies, and updates in their respective areas. In addition to specific content-area-focused resources, there is an ongoing section called, “Instruction and Access for ALL” which provides classroom resources and instructional strategies to promote equity and inclusion for all students, based on the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Multi-Tiered System of Support frameworks.

The March 2017 issue, for example, contains links to:

• Six lesson plans on women’s history month
• “401 Prompts for Augmentative Writing”
• A video from the “Inclusive Class Project” demonstrating a step-by-step guide for modifying worksheets
• And much, much more

Current and past issues are located at: http://www.doe.in.gov/ccr/teachers-toolbox 

Assistive Technology and Transition

This week we’re highlighting “Assistive Technology and the Transition Process from High School,” a publication of the INDATA Project of Easterseals Crossroads. The eight-page reference document explains the often overlooked role of assistive technology (AT) in helping students achieve their postsecondary goals.

AT for students in transition can range from an adapted pencil to an adapted vehicle. It’s really any product or device that can enable people with disabilities to “increase their independence and lead more fulfilling lives.” 

In addition to including a transition timeline as it relates to AT, the INDATA guide also explains the need for a thorough assessment of a potential workplace or college/university setting as well as evaluation, consultation, technical support, and training to ensure a seamless transition. The guide provides phone numbers and websites not only to Easterseals, but also to state and federal employment and disability service agencies involved in transition.

Career Exploration

Hey, middle school teachers! How do you start transition planning to help kids think about their futures at an early age?

This week the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is highlighting three online career exploration pages from the Virginia Career View website:

We’ve added these sites to INSTRC’s Transition Resources, so you’ll be able to find them there. We've also created an authentic assessment you can use to capture information from all three sites. Click here for the Career Exploration authentic assessment. It’s also now up and running on the INSTRC Transition Assessment Matrix. https://instrc.indiana.edu/transition-resources/transition-matrix.html

Happy exploring!

Curriculum and Content Connectors

This week we bring you a Short Share video from the DOE’s Office of Special Education focusing on Curriculum and Content Connectors. Content Connectors should serve as a guide for students with more significant disabilities.

Click on the links to view:
Short Share #6:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO4ZFeywh70&feature=youtu.be
Short Share #7:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A25bSx9gFk&feature=youtu.be

Project SUCCESS is a great resource you can use as you begin to implement a more rigorous curriculum within your classroom. To access content connectors for all grade levels, click on the following link: http://www.projectsuccessindiana.com/

Transition IEP Compliance: Including Adult Service Agencies in the IEP Meeting

This is the 8th installment of our 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP.  This mini, information series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 8, Including Adult Service Agencies in the IEP Meetinghttps://connect.iu.edu/p9mo8cu95ow/

Transition IEP Compliance: Course of Study

This is part 9 of our series delving into each of the components of a Transition IEP.  This mini information series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

 Each week, we’ve been featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist, examining that question and providing an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

 Next week, we’ll wrap up the series, so stay tuned!

 Please join us today for Week 9, Course of Study https://connect.iu.edu/p8n84zqr7la/

Transition IEP Compliance: Transition Services and Activities

We’re still working on that 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP. This mini, information series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 7, Transition Services and Activities:

https://connect.iu.edu/p19dfqsf6cg/

Short Share: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

This week we’ll take a little break from our Transition IEP Compliance series to bring you a Short Share video from the DOE’s Office of Special Education focusing on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). These comprehensive systems feature multiple components of classroom and school-wide learning and behavioral supports with a focus on academic, behavioral and social-emotional learning and development.

Click on the link to view Short Share #5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TsffR9q2kk&feature=youtu.be

And to learn more about merging academic and behavioral systems within a transition-focused approach that takes into consideration student engagement, get a copy of the book Universal Design for Transition: A Roadmap for Planning and Instruction, by Colleen Thoma, Christina Bartholomew, and LaRon Scott. Check your local library or find it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Design-Transition-Planning-Instruction/dp/1557669104

Transition IEP Compliance: Measurable Annual Goals

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tips, where we’re in the midst of a 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP. The series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 6, Measurable Annual Goals: https://connect.iu.edu/p6gvyz9pld2/

Transition IEP Compliance: Postsecondary Goals Updated Annually

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tips, where we’re in the midst of a 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP.  The series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 4, Postsecondary Goals Updated Annually: https://connect.iu.edu/p9jhdskdfkr/

Transition IEP Compliance: Postsecondary Goals

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tips, where we’re in the midst of a 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP. The series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 4, Postsecondary Goals: https://connect.iu.edu/p7sdxppr078/

Transition IEP Compliance: Using Authentic Assessments

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tips, where we’re in the midst of a 9-week series, delving into each component of a Transition IEP.  The series, created by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 3, Authentic Assessments: https://connect.iu.edu/componentsweek3/

Transition IEP Compliance: Transition Assessment

For the next several weeks, the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is running a 9-week series that describes each component of a Transition IEP.  The series assists Indiana’s school districts and transition teachers working to understand requirements and expectations, and it supports teachers and teams as they write quality, compliant Transition IEPs.

Each week, we’re featuring one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist. We’ll take a look at that question and provide an explanation and example of what it means to meet compliance for that particular component.

Please join us for Week 2, Transition Assessmenthttps://connect.iu.edu/p7f9s56cwq6/

Introducing the Transition IEP Compliance Series

As we work around the state, we’ve noted that teachers are interested in writing both a compliant and quality Transition IEP. To support this effort, the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is launching an 8-week series that will provide a description of each Transition IEP component.

Each week we will feature one question from the Indiana Transition Requirements Checklist and provide an explanation and example of what is required to meet compliance. The series is designed to support teacher and district efforts in understanding the expectations for a Transition IEP.

Please join us for week one: Student Invitation.  https://connect.iu.edu/p1njvfnzwz8/

Working with Indiana VR: The Fact Sheet Series in English and Spanish

Have questions about VR referral or eligibility? Need to explain the VR process to a student or family member? The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center has a few fact sheets for you.

The Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services series includes:

Information for Teachers About Student Referrals
Frequently Asked Questions from Teachers
Info for Students About Choosing a Career and Finding a Job

Need the student info sheet in Spanish? We’ve got that too:
Información para maestros sobre la derivación de estudiantes

And don’t forget the Working with Indiana VR video! Find that on our home page, on YouTube, or click on the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS9Hvf7Fglo.

And, hot off the presses, we now have a new Spanish version of the video!: https://youtu.be/0H8pdsQJk3w

Quick tip: If you’re looking for Spanish resources, go to the INSTRC Resource Search page and type “Spanish” into the search bar (don’t check any of the criteria boxes). All the resources we currently have in Spanish should come up.

‘Understanding the Transition IEP Process: Ensuring Quality and Compliance’

Each year the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center conducts regional trainings to discuss the Transition IEP process. This year INSTRC offered an additional opportunity to listen to the presentation as a webinar. Over 400 educators from across the state were able to participate in either the onsite training or the webinar.

If you were not able to attend (or for those of you who want to share it with others), here’s the link to the 90-minute webinar - Understanding the Transition IEP Process:  Ensuring Quality and Compliance, which was presented by Teresa Grossi, Ph.D., and Joni Schmalzried, Ed.D. https://connect.iu.edu/p7s16abife1/

We've also created a document with answers to questions that were asked throughout the training sessions. Find the regional training FAQs here

As always, let us know if you have any additional questions.

Resource Collections--For You!

Hopefully, you’ve now had a few minutes to take a look at the new Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website. You haven’t?! Go check it out now: https://instrc.indiana.edu.

Today, we want to draw your attention to one of the navigation tabs across the top, that third one from the left that reads Resource Collections. Or click here:https://instrc.indiana.edu/resource-collections/index.html This is a new feature on the website. These are the “buckets” into which we’ve sorted some of our more popular resources. 

For instance, let’s say you have a new teacher on staff. She or he might take a look at the resources in both Writing Quality IEPs and Professionals New to Transition. Need health resources specific to adolescents with disabilities? We’ve got ‘em!

The Resource Collections are also just a quick way to find the resources you use often. The new INSTRC gives you many ways to search—e.g., enter a topic into the search bar on the home page, click the video box on the Resource Search page, type the name of a resource into the search bar on that page, or find what you need in Resource Collections.

Happy exploring!

Using Universal Design

This week the Office of Special Education at the Indiana Department of Education and the Patins project bring us another helpful Short Share. This one is on universal design for learning, the principle of offering a variety of teaching methods for everyone, which can then help more students overcome barriers and succeed. Think flexibility and choice!

The Links

Watch Short Share video #4:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTigg2ief8g

At the outset of the video, you’ll see some discussion about accommodation and modification.  For more information, check out our INSTRC website page “Accommodation vs. Modification”: https://instrc.indiana.edu/family-involvement/accomodation.html

Want more information on universal design for learning?  Here’s understood.org’s article Universal Design for Learning: What It Is and How It Works

And finally, find links to all four IDOE Short Share videos at:http://www.doe.in.gov/specialed

The New INSTRC Website!

Finally!  We know some of you have been waiting. We certainly have been! For the past several months we’ve been hard at work redesigning and rebuilding the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center’s website. Today it’s up and running!

This shiny new INSTRC contains innovative resource collections for new teachers, administrators, and more; blink-of-an-eye responsive search capabilities; and easier navigation. Plus, your favorite features are still there—The Transition Assessment Matrix, the current collection of Tuesday’s Transition Tips, and archived trainings and materials.

Ready, set, click!  https://instrc.indiana.edu

We’re still tweaking (it’s a never ending process!), so we’ll be adding and updating things in the coming months. We’d love to hear what you think. Send your comments to:  cclc@indiana.edu

And don't forget to bookmark the site!

Equality and Access: Short Share No. 3

In a third Short Share video from the Indiana Department of Education, Kristin Sievers Coffer, an IDOE education specialist in the Office of Special Education, and Veronique Briscoe-Beuoy, IDOE’s director of Climate, Culture, and Community discuss:

• OSEP’s latest Dear Colleague letter, “Supporting Behavior of Students with Disabilities,” and
• Providing equity and access for ALL students, including those with disabilities.

Watch Short Share video #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbFVDZ094qQ&feature=youtu.be

Find links to all three IDOE Short Share videos at: http://www.doe.in.gov/specialed

New Indiana Voting Rights Guide

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and Indiana Disability Rights are distributing “Your Vote is Your Voice,” a very informative booklet for voters who have disabilities. If you have voters or soon-to-be voters in your classrooms, it’s a must have!

The new guide contains step-by-step directions on how to register and vote in Indiana, but it also includes:
• An Indiana voters’ Bill of Rights
• Information on accessibility and on using an assistant at the polls
• A glossary of terms related to elections (e.g., “earmark,” “incumbent,” “flip-flopping”)
• Information on how to stay informed

To download a copy or order FREE copies of “Your Vote is Your Voice,” go to the Governor’s Council website at http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/2519.htm.

Another “Short Share” Message from the State Director

This week’s message from our State Director of Special Education, Dr. Pam Wright, is focusing on Equity, Equality and Access. Please click here to view Short Share #2 (Equity and Access) https://youtu.be/-BRRW4XrhBE.  (Short Share #1 can be found here: https://youtu.be/jUZHX8c-Te0). 

REMINDER: Those of you who’ve registered for “Understanding the Transition IEP: Ensuring Quality and Compliance 2016” on September 27 or 28 in Indianapolis, please be aware that the location has changed. It will now take place at:

       Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Northwest, 6930 Intech Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278

Don’t forget:  If you have teachers new to Transition, please forward this email to them so they can sign up to receive Tuesday’s Tips!

Indiana Cadres of Transition Leaders

In 2011, Indiana created Cadres of Transition Leaders in the seven Director Roundtable Regions.  Since their inception, the Cadres have worked to support students, families, and educators in better understanding the process of transition and the Transition IEP. The various Cadres have also been responsible for creating many resources that are used statewide, including the Transition Assessment Matrix, case conference cues, videos on independent living, and parent newsletters.

Cadres meet either monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly—depending on their needs and activities. Cadre members also come together annually for a day-long Capacity-Building Institute to share what they’ve learned, hear from state leaders, and learn from national experts.

Each Cadre is always looking to increase its membership to serve as many districts and cooperatives as possible. Not a member? Would you like to be? If you are interested in joining one of the regional Cadres, please contact the Cadre facilitator listed below to find out when your regional Cadre is meeting next.  If you have general questions regarding the Cadres, please contact Joni Schmalzried at jeschmal@indiana.edu.

A Message from the State Director and Mark Your Calendars: Regional Transition IEP Training

Welcome back to another year of Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers! We are excited to continue to provide information, resources, and supports to you via the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center. We have many new things to share with you this year, as well as the opportunity to revisit some of our most widely used resources.

We’re going to start the year by announcing a message from our State Director of Special Education, Dr. Pam Wright, who will be distributing a series of Short Shares throughout the year. Click here for the first Short Share. https://youtu.be/jUZHX8c-Te0

We also are sharing information about our annual Regional Transition IEP Training schedule. Please see the attached flier with dates, locations, and registration instructions. There is a new, shorter version of the IEP Training, available as an online webinar option, if you are not able to attend any of the other sessions in person. We hope to see many of you there or talk to you online!

Don’t forget: If you have teachers new to Transition, please forward this email to them so they can sign up to receive Tuesday’s Tips!

Happy Summer!

It’s that time again! Tuesday’s Transition Tips is taking its annual summer vacation. Tips will begin again in September, but until then, you can always find secondary transition resources on the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website at www.instrc.indiana.edu.

And, speaking of the website, Tuesday Tips are on break, but we aren’t! We’ll be working away on changes to the INSTRC site and structure, and we’re looking forward to introducing you to some fabulous new finds and resource collections in the fall to support you and your students.

Enjoy, everyone! Have a relaxing, creative, fun summer!