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A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities
This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:Transition planning: opportunities and programs; transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and, supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities. This guide also includes “real life” examples, a sample flow chart of the transition process, and a glossary of key terms used in the transition process.
Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum
The Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum is a companion document to the CDOS learning standards. It further develops the core content for each learning standard and career major. The document is also rich with teacher developed classroom activities that help students achieve the CDOS standards.
CareerZone
CareerZone is a free, career exploration and planning system designed especially for New York State students. The CareerZone website brings together multiple sources of career and labor market information to make career exploration and planning for the future a little easier. The CareerZone System harnesses the power of the Internet to provide information on 900 occupations and interactive career portfolios for middle and high school students that connect to the NYS Education Department Career Plan initiative.
College and Career Readiness Standards and Research-Identified Transition Skills
Transition skills and academic skills can be taught simultaneously. With this tool, the authors aligned Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, Common Core Language Arts Standards, and research-identified skills students need to obtain employment or participate in further education after high school. The activities and annual transition goals are arranged on a continuum to accommodate students with the least support needs to students with more support needs. This tool is intended for use as a guide to generate additional annual transition goals using core standards. The examples given may be modified to better suit individual students. The measurable statements should be modified to meet the needs of individual students. Similar state standards may be used in place of the Common Core standards. The research-identified skills derived from two sources (a) Ju, Zhang, and Pacha's (2012) article, "Employability Skills Valued by Employers Important for Entry-Level Employee With and Without Disabilities" and (b) McConnell, Martin, Hennessy, Terry, el-Kazimi, Pannells, and Willis' (2013) article, "Identifying Nonacademic Behaviors Associated with Post-School Employment and Education."
Corning Incorporated Foundation
Selected public K-12 school districts, community colleges and four-year institutions of higher learning are the consistent beneficiaries of Corning Foundation support. Corning's areas of involvement have included community service programs for students, curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, facility improvement and instructional technology projects for the classroom.
Council for Exceptional Children DCDT Fast Facts
DCDT Fact Sheets disseminate information related to key topics in secondary transition. The focus is on a number of topics, including evidence-based predictors of post-school success for youth with disabilities, transition planning and assessment, transition specialist competencies, and recommendations for research in secondary transition. The Fact Sheets related to the evidence-based predictors have been developed to provide teachers, administrators, and families with information about, and ideas for incorporating the secondary transition evidence-based predictors into the transition planning process.
CyberLearning Grants for K-12 Schools
Our primary mission is to provide the highest quality education to all, especially the disadvantaged, at the lowest fee. We can provide your school/school district up to 50% matching grants. Matching grants may be used to access our 1,000 plus high-quality online courses in IT (Information Technology- all levels and almost all topics), Management (Harvard ManageMentor modules) and TestPrep (Barrons SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT
Effective Practice Resources for Skills for Post-School Success
In 2009, through the work of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), Test, Mazzotti, et al. published a summary of high quality correlational literature to identify in-school factors that were predictors of post-school success. This manuscript and related materials were operationalized through a Delphi study (Rowe et al., 2014). This resource is intended to be completed by a team at the school, community, or state level as they examine the existence of programmatic predictors of post-school success in their current practices and procedures, as well as the quality of evidence.
Guideposts for Success: What all youth need to successfully transition into adulthood
Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs
NEA Fine Arts Grants
The National Education Association (NEA) Fine Arts grants are awarded to teachers, through local NEA affiliates, to enable them to create and implement fine arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. Programs must address the arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts).
NTACT Evaluation Toolkit
Toolkit is designed to assist transition educators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what is working, what is not working, and what needs to be changed or replicated. This toolkit will show you how. It provides specific examples for state and local teams who are developing goals and tasks to improve transition education and services for students with disabilities. The toolkit is designed to help determine what is important to your stakeholders, what needs to be measured to satisfy stakeholders, what is feasible to measure, how to measure these items, and how to report, disseminate, and use your evaluation findings.
NTACT Transition Toolkit
NTACT is committed to data-based decision making and view evaluation as a critical tool for improving our work. For some, the idea of evaluation and data analysis can be an overwhelming task. NTACT wants to assist transition educators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what is working, what is not working, and what needs to be changed or replicated. This toolkit will show you how. It provides specific examples for state and local teams who are developing goals and tasks to improve transition education and services for students with disabilities. The toolkit is designed to help determine what is important to your stakeholders, what needs to be measured to satisfy stakeholders, what is feasible to measure, how to measure these items, and how to report, disseminate, and use your evaluation findings.
NYS Education Dept: Career and Technical Education
New York Career and Technical Education is committed to providing high-quality CTE opportunities for all students. New York State’s CTE delivery system consists of over 1,100 CTE providers, serving over one million students in school districts, BOCES, and postsecondary institutions.
NYS Work Experience Coordinators (WECA)
WECA promotes work-based learning programs for all students under the auspices of the New York State Education Department and the Career Development and Occupational Standards (CDOS).
NYSED: Career Plan
he New York State Career Plan records a student’s knowledge and skill attainment. It documents a history of achievement that students build from elementary school to high school. The Career Plan design has also incorporated the transition planning process that is highly desirable for all students and required for students with disabilities.
National High School Center
The National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for states, districts, and a national network of U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Technical Regional Centers.
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
National Work Readiness Credential
The WRC is a certification of an individual's readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers. It is the first assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness.Entry-level jobs are defined as non-supervisory, non-managerial, non-professional positions. These may be unskilled positions, or they may be skilled positions where the required job-specific skills can be learned while on the job.The Work Readiness Credential is not intended to replace academics, high school, or postsecondary education. Instead, it addresses the ability of an individual to perform basic entry-level tasks.
New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential
Effective transition planning and services for students with disabilities includes appropriate assessment of a student
New York State DCDT
The New York State Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition strives to increase collaboration efforts in effective transition planning for individuals with disabilities by reducing the duplication of efforts and aligning resources and communication.
New York State Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities
This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.
Online Colleges in New York
The Center for Online Education’s rankings are designed to help you quickly identify the schools and programs at online colleges that most closely match needs and preferences. They've spent hundreds of hours reviewing every college listed in government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
Secondary Transition: Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings
This Iris Module focuses on the transition process from high school to post-secondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process so as to become better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation.
Self-Determination: Supporting Successful Transition
Self-determination is a concept reflecting the belief that all individuals have the right to direct their own lives. Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful in making the transition to adulthood, including employment and independence (Wehmeyer & Schwartz, 1997). Starting with the 1990 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (P.L. 101-476), transition services must be based on student needs and take into account student interests and preferences. To accomplish this goal, students must be prepared to participate in planning for their future. Several curricula have been developed to address the need for self-determination skills among adolescents, including the skills needed to take control of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Selected curricula are identified and described at the end of this brief. Of particular usefulness is "Promoting Self-Determination in Youth with Disabilities: Tips for Families and Professionals."
Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities
The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential will provide this group of students who are exiting school after attending at least 12 years, excluding kindergarten, with a commencement certificate similar in form to the diploma issued by the school district. The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s skills and strengths and levels of independence in academic, career development and foundation skills needed for post-school living, learning and working.
The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer
The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a student’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. It is intended to be a comprehensive and visual representation of the complexities of college and career readiness and success.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The Center hosts capacity building institutes and workshops, national summits, national teleconference calls, and additional training opportunities. In addition, the Center develops research-to-practice tools for everyday use, and provides technical assistance and outreach.
Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students
The Tool Kit provides up-to-date guidance on designing and implementing high-quality assessments for students with disabilities. We have also included a set of technical assistance products that offer practical, research-based approaches to the challenges schools are facing in the areas of assessment, instruction, behavioral interventions, and use of accommodations for students with disabilities. In addition, you will find information about research now under way to further expand our knowledge about how best to support teaching, learning, and assessing.
Top NTACT Resources for Teachers
The NTACT website contains resources to assist practitioners in implementing quality transition practices based on the best available evidence. We have identified the 10 resources as some of the most useful for both general education and special education teachers.
Transition Assessment Matrix
This site allows you to choose the Transition Domain (Employment, Education/Training, Independent Living) that you wish to explore transition assessments for. Once you choose a domain, you may then choose the appropriate grade level(s), and the disability area(s) that are most similar to the needs of the student(s) you are assessing. Once you have chosen these three (3) areas, press the Show Transition Assessments button and the system will show you Transition Assessments that meet your criteria. If you wish to change your criteria, just change your selections in the fields at the top of the page and press Show Transition Assessments again.
Transition Assessment and Goal Generator (TAGG)
The TAGG is an on-line transition assessment for secondary-aged youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. TAGG items derive from research identified student behaviors associated with post high school employment and education. The TAGG provides a norm-based graphic profile, present level of performance statement, lists of strengths and needs, and suggested IEP annual transition goals. Numerous studies demonstrated that the TAGG produces valid and reliable results. A grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education's National Center for Special Education Research supported TAGG development.
Universal Design for Learning at the Secondary Level
UDL has three guiding principles which include; provide multiple means of representation, provide multiple means of action and expression, and provide multiple means of engagement.
Youthhood
The Youthhood Web site is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. Although the site addresses youth directly, it is intended to be used as a curriculum within a classroom, community program, or in any setting where adults are working with youth to set goals and plan for the future. The Youthhood includes informational content, interactive activities, an online magazine, and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what's important to them to their learning experiences.