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Student-Focused Planning

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Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination
 

Student-focused planning practices use assessment information, student self-determination, and student postsecondary goals to develop Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). 

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center has identified three evidence-based practices in student-focused planning. They are

  • Involving students in IEP meetings
  • Using the Self-Advocacy Strategy
  • Using the Self-Directed IEP 

(Test, Fowler, Kohler, & Kortering, 2010; Test, Fowler, Richter, White, Mazzotti, Walker, Kohler, & Kortering, 2009).


Resources related to these evidence-based practices include

Check and Connect
http://checkandconnect.org/model/default.html 
A structured intervention model that pairs students at risk for dropping out mentors who address each student’s individual needs to help them complete school.  Florida has implemented this model in multiple districts.

Employment Transition Plan Template and Instructions
Project 10 developed an Employment Transition Plan Template and Employment Transition Plan Instructions with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) to guide school district staff in the completion of the employment transition plan, which is required by section 1003.4282(11)(2)(a-d).

This plan must be completed for any student with a disability for whom the individual educational plan (IEP) team has determined that mastery of academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for a student to demonstrate his or her skills. It is recommended that school districts build flexibility into the plan to ensure student mastery of competencies and success in the workplace.

Please note: Districts are not obligated to use this template. The template is available in Microsoft Word which enables users to modify the plan to fit the need of the student.

Employment Transition Plan Template

Employment Transition Plan Instructions

The employment plan template and instructions may also be found on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) BEESS Secondary Transition website at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/secondary-transition.stml.

Indicator 13: Writing Measurable Postsecondary Goals
http://www.project10.info/files/TWInd13PostsecGoals1002127.9.13.Final2.pdf 
The "Transition Wheel" is designed to provide informational briefs (spokes) on secondary transition issues periodically throughout the year. The intent is to get timely information to school professionals in easy to read and use formats.

Mapping Individualized Learning Plans
http://www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/kickstart.htm
An Individualized Learning Plan is a key tool for helping youth — including youth with disabilities — take critical first steps to prepare for college and careers. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, along with partners Social Dynamics, the Altarum Institute and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, recently launched two products to provide a snapshot of how ILPs are being implemented nationwide: an interactive policy map and a brief on Individualized Learning Plans Across the U.S. The map provides information about state ILP status, specific ILP policies and how students with disabilities are being included in these important college and career readiness tools

Navigating Your IEP: Are you on the right track towards your future?
http://www.familycafe.net/images/stories/pdffiles/navigating%20your%20iep%202-25-10.pdf 
A guide for youth who want to take a leadership role in the IEP process developed by the Florida Youth Council. (Large pdf file, 19.43 MB, requires a large amount of virtual memory.)

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination   
http://www.project10.info/DetailPage.php?MainPageID=185PageCategory=EffectivePracticesinTransiton&PageSubCategory=StudentDevelopment
Project 10 webpage containing additional resources related to self-advocacy and self-determination.

Self-Advocacy Strategy
http://nsttac.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/6.pdf
This Research to Practice Lesson Plan Starter from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) focuses on teaching students the "IPARS" self-advocacy strategy for IEP participation.

Self-Directed IEP
http://nsttac.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/1_and_8.pdf
This Research to Practice Lesson Plan Starter from NSTTAC incorporates the multi-media Choicemaker Self-Directed IEP package.

Standing Up for Me
http://project10.info/SUFMLogin.php?accesscheck=%2FSUFM.php
This Florida curriculum for teaching students with disabilities to actively participate in their IEP has been revised and will be available soon from Project 10 and the BEESS Resource and Information Center.

Transition Planning
http://www.transitionta.org/TransitionPlanning.html
This National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) webpage provides information and guidance on transition planning as well as a links to different planning tools.

Transition Wheel - Summary of Performance (SOP)
http://www.project10.info/files/TWSummaryofPerformance091012.rtf
The "Transition Wheel" is designed to provide informational briefs (spokes) on secondary transition issues.

Transition Wheel - Transition Assessment
http://www.project10.info/files/TWTransitionAssessment091012.rtf
The "Transition Wheel" is designed to provide informational briefs (spokes) on secondary transition issues.

Transition Wheel - Writing Measurable Postsecondary Goals
http://www.project10.info/files/TWInd13PostsecGoals1002127.9.13.Final2.pdf

The "Transition Wheel" is designed to provide informational briefs (spokes) on secondary transition issues.

Whose Future is it Anyway?

http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/trasition-education-materials/whos-future-is-it-anyway.html
A student-directed transition planning curriculum for helping students to become more involved in the IEP planning process.


References


Test, D.W., Fowler, C.H., Richter, S.M., White, J., Mazzotti, V., Walker, A.R., Kohler, P., & Kortering, L. (2009, August). Evidence-based practices in secondary transition. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 32, 115-128. Available at http://cde.sagepub.com/content/32/2/115

Test, D.W., Fowler, C., Kohler, P., & Kortering, L. (2010, August). Evidence-based practices and predictors in secondary transition: What we know and what we need to know, Executive Summary. (Revised). Charlotte, NC: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. Available at http://www.nsttac.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/pdf/ebps/ExecsummaryPPs.pdf

 

 

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