• Transition to Vacation!

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 5/23/2017

    Transition to Vacation!

    It’s break time—for you and for Tuesday’s Transition Tips. Tips will begin again in September, but until then, you can always find oodles of secondary transition resources on the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website, and look through previous tips at https://instrc.indiana.edu/transition-resources/tuesday-tips.html

    One more resource before we go:  Last month, Indiana Cadres of Transition Leaders convened for "Higher Expectations: The 2017 Capacity-Building Institute.” Participants learned about Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), proposed changes to the Certificate of Completion, strategies for putting a stop to the school-to-prison pipeline, and more. We’ve archived presentations and materials from the day on the INSTRC website.  Go to Capacity-Building Institute Archived Materials, at https://instrc.indiana.edu/training/archived-training/cbi-archived.html

    Rest, relax, have fun and we’ll see you in the fall!

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  • Certificate of Completion

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 5/17/2017

    Certificate of Completion

    The Indiana Department of Special Education, and a group of statewide stakeholders, has been working on the Indiana Certificate of Completion for the past year.  The OSE has recently shared a DRAFT Certificate of Completion and would like additional stakeholder review and input.

    Attached you will find a copy of the Draft Certificate of Completion. Please take time to review this document, then go to the survey link below to provide your feedback/input. This is a critical element for our schools and teachers; your feedback is critical as the group moves forward with next steps.


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  • Starting to Plan for Next Year's Transition-Based Instruction?

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 5/9/2017

    Starting to Plan for Next Year’s Transition-Based Instruction?


    Our colleagues at the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) have identified several effective predictors and practices to teach students skills associated with post-school success. As you plan for next year, please check out the link below. When you locate a predictor you are interested in, it will direct you to more information describing the predictor, the level of evidence that is available, characteristics of the skill, and resources to support you.


    On the NTACT Predictors of Post-School Success page, you will not only find a list of those predictors but a self-assessment form and evidence-based practices that align to each postsecondary predictor.



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  • Assessment

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 5/2/2017

    This week we bring you a Short Share video from the DOE’s Office of Special Education focusing on assessment. Formative and summative assessment systems are essential to improving student learning and school capacity. Assessment provides essential data to monitor academic, behavioral, and social/emotional learning and inform meaningful action.


    Please click here to view Short Share #10 (Assessment): https://youtu.be/fwLA4U3Fpo4.


    The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is continually updating the Transition Assessment Matrix with new assessments that will assist you in gathering information to improve post-secondary outcomes.



    To gather more information on the transition assessment process, The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) has published a document titled “ Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit”. http://transitionta.org/system/files/toolkitassessment/AgeAppropriateTransitionAssessmentToolkit2016_COMPLETE_11_21_16.pdf


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  • Understanding Pre-Employment Transition Services

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/26/2017

    Understanding Pre-Employment Transition Services  


    During the 2016-17 school year, you have probably heard the term “Pre-ETS” many times.  But what are these Pre-Employment Transition Services? You probably know that Pre-ETS involves Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services and stems from amendments to the Rehabilitation Act in the 2014 Workforce Innovations Opportunity Act (WIOA).  But…Will your district be involved? What does it mean for you as a teacher and for your students in transition? What are the five core Pre-ETS services?

    We have answers for you.

    Attached you will find two documents. The first is a two-page basic overview of what Pre-Employment Transition Services are, and how they are supported. The second is a listing of providers, counties, and school districts currently working with Pre-ETS funding to give Indiana  students access to meaningful career planning.

    Pre-ETS Basic Handout

    Providers By County

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  • Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Instruction

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/18/2017

    Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Instruction


    This week we bring you another Short Share video from the DOE’s Office of Special Education. This short share will continue to clarify the components that lead to improved outcomes by focusing on instruction. It discusses facilitating knowledge in a systemic way by breaking down instruction into three components: designing, delivering, and evaluation. 

    Click on the link to view Short Share #9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpSouV079qs&feature=youtu.be

    To learn more about instruction within a transition-focused approach, visit the Resource Collections page of the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center website at https://instrc.indiana.edu/resource-collections/writing-ieps.html.  There, you will find information on Writing Quality IEPs. As an Indiana transition teacher or professional, you know that your students deserve a compliant IEP—one that meets federal and state requirements. But a transition IEP must also be individualized to reflect a student’s needs and interests, and it should help them seamlessly and successfully transition to a life where they have opportunities to achieve their goals. INSTRC staff have compiled examples, tutorials, and other resources on the website to help you write quality IEPs for each of your students.

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  • Transition Portfolio Resources

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/11/2017

    Transition Portfolio Resources


    As the year winds down, Teachers of Record across the state are preparing a class of students to exit secondary education. One way to make sure that students have the necessary information they need for their next stage of life is to build a transition portfolio.

    Transition portfolios can serve multiple purposes including highlighting skills and experiences for an employer, documenting research and experiences in selecting a college, to recording a student’s independent living skills.

    Determining what format or structure meets your students’ needs can be overwhelming. The blog Life After IEPs has a collection of FREE templates and resources to implement Transition Portfolios to help you get started!  Check out their FREE resources at http://lifeafterieps.com/transition-portfolios/

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  • Health Care and Transition

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/4/2017

    Health Care and Transition


    The PACER Center’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment has a wealth of resources about transition. This month their newsletter Inspiring Possibilities focuses on health and transition. A health care Transition Planning tool is included as are ideas for how to write health-related IEP goals and ideas for teaching self-advocacy and self-management for health care. Click on the link to learn more.


    Want more health care information pertaining to secondary students with disabilities? Take a look at the resources compiled on the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center’s Health Resource Collections page: https://instrc.indiana.edu/resource-collections/health.html


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  • Increasing Collaboration Through a Unified System of Education

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/3/2017

    Increasing Collaboration through a Unified System of Education


    This week we bring you another Short Share video from the DOE’s Office of Special Education. This one focuses on a unified system of education to develop shared ownership and responsibility among special education and general education teachers and administrators. Featuring Sandi Cole, director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at IU’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (one of our sister centers!), this Short Share provides a list of the characteristics of collaboration and describes the outcomes from a unified system that supports all learners.

    Click on the link to view Short Share #8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eVUGMzzucY&feature=youtu.be

    To learn more about increasing collaboration within a transition-focused approach visit the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center website at https://instrc.indiana.edu. Within the Cadres of Transition Leaders/Cadre Products section, you will find a General Education Teacher Survey. (We’re attaching it here too.)  This survey assists in facilitating collaboration between special education teachers and general education teachers by identifying transition assessments and activities that are already occurring in the general education setting.


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  • New Recordkeeping Resources

    Posted by Michele Neumann on 4/3/2017

    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.


    Attached you will find a few (fillable) inventories that we hope will be useful in those situations.

    Included in this Tuesdays Tip (and located on the Transition Assessment Matrix) are:


    • 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 need

    How To Advocate For Myself

    Volunteer Summary Log

    Work Skills

    Community Summary Log


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