Introduction

Secondary transition services prepare students to successfully move from the world of school to the world of adulthood.  Starting by at least age 16, each student’s interests and strengths  are assessed and arranged into a Transition Plan where emp hasis is placed on exploratory activities and goal accomplishment in the areas of post-secondary education, employment and independence.  



What's New?

Idaho Transition Institute - November 14 and 15, 2023
Registration is now open for the 2023 Idaho Transition Institute. This event serves as a powerful opportunity for school district and charter teams to connect with resources from partnering Idaho agencies and institutions of higher education offering transition resources and experiences to students with disabilities. School and community teams can go through the planning process toward developing an annual road map for maximizing transition opportunities and outcomes for the students they serve; while also participating in focused breakout and keynote sessions. Register for the Idaho Transition Institute

K12 Behavioral Health
Free Professional Development opportunity for educators, school nurses, and other support personnel.

IRIS Center: NEW Universal Design for Learning module
This module examines the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and discusses how educators can apply UDL to proactively design learning experiences that are flexible enough to challenge and engage all students and that promote learner agency (estimated completion time: 2.5 hours).

Expect, Engage, and Empower: Successful Transitions for All!
The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs initiative provides information and resources to help prepare students with disabilities in their transition to adulthood.

Do the Math. Save a Life.
Free supplemental math curriculum from the Idaho Transportation Department

TransitionTN
TransitionTN provides:
  • Free training and resources for educators, Pre-Employment Transition Services  (Pre-ETS) providers, and other transition stakeholders
  • Assessment and Curriculum Databases
  • Instructional guides for Pre-ETS
  • Access to live and recorded webcasts and other virtual events
  • Information about outside agencies
  • Practical tip sheets and resources for families

Your Hot Job
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FAQ

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Beginning by at least age 16 the Transition Plan becomes a part of the IEP annual review process as a new “section” of the IEP. Student interests and strengths identified in the Transition Plan must in some way be incorporated into the rest of the annual IEP—specifically all annual goals in the IEP must support post-secondary goals and outcomes—and these same goals and outcomes should be considered by the IEP team when making service and LRE determinations.

Transition assessment and planning is done on an ongoing basis (at least annually) to identify and support the student’s needs for both current and post-secondary goals and activities which will be documented in the IEP.

Secondary transition planning is the process of preparing students for life after high school and includes planning for post-secondary education or training, employment, and independent living. Studies show that a large number of students receiving special education services do not pursue education or training beyond high school and, when compared to the general population, are not as successful in the workplace. Transition planning and corresponding programming helps to close this gap. Moreover, transition planning is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

IDEA Part 300.321 states that a child with a disability should participate as a member of the IEP team whenever appropriate. Additionally, this same part requires documentation that a transition age student (age 16-21) has been invited to any meeting where post-secondary goals and transition services are discussed. It does NOT require the student to attend the meeting, but when they are not present schools must take steps to consider the student’s preferences and interests.

While not required, it is ideal for transition age students to actively participate in their special education meetings and where appropriate influence the development of the IEP. From an early age schools should provide self-advocacy instruction and support that promotes a student’s understanding of their disability, strengths/needs, and IEP process so that they can better advocate for themselves and maximize independence.


Trainings

Secondary Special Ed Webinar Series 2020-21 This monthly webinar series on various Secondary Special Education topics provides new information & resources as well as addresses topics, needs, & frequently asked questions from teachers across Idaho who are working with students on transition planning.

#1 - Vocational Rehabilitation - November 9, 2020 - View Recording
#2 - Transition Curriculum & Resources - December 15, 2020 - View Recording
#3 - Transition Assessments, Goals, & Activities - January 14, 2021 - View Recording
#4 - Transition Services and Work Experience - February 18, 2021 - View Recording
#5 - Person Centered Planning - March 16, 2021 - View Recording
#6 - Program Exit/Graduation & SOP - April 20, 2021 - View Recording

Students Transitioning to Adult Life: Navigating Resources (April 21, 2022) In this one-hour live webinar, Idaho Parents Unlimited and the Idaho State Department of Education partner to share information and resources for students with disabilities, their families, and secondary school staff to assist in preparation for transitioning from school to adult services. View Recording of the Students Transitioning to Adult Life webinar.

Indicator 14 Post School Data Collection Survey (April 27, 2022) This webinar will provide information and resources for Idaho LEAs to collect survey information from their former 2021 SPED student exiters (graduation, age-out, drop-out). View Recording of the Indicator 14 Post School Data Collection Survey webinar.

Secondary Transition Planning and Next Steps Idaho (May 24, 2022) Staff from the College and Career Access department of the Idaho State Board of Education will walk participants through the Next Steps Idaho website sharing useful resources and tools. View Recording of Secondary Transition Planning and Next Steps Idaho.

Secondary Special Ed Webinar: Updated Transition and Graduation Resources - February 3, 2022

ACCUPLACER Trainings
Accuplacer Proctor Training - January 24, 2022

2021 Idaho Transition Institute
Session recordings and materials presented at the November 3 and 4 Institute are located on this Idaho Transition Padlet.

Secondary Special Ed Webinar Series 2022-23 This monthly webinar series on various Secondary Special Education topics provides new information & resources as well as addresses topics, needs, & frequently asked questions from teachers across Idaho who are working with students on transition planning.

#1 – Updated Graduation Requirements/Resources – September 27, 2022 - View Recording
#2 – Secondary Transition Open House/Office Hours – November 15, 2022 - No recording
#3 – Secondary Transition Webinar – December 13, 2022 - View Recording
#4 – Secondary Transition Open House/Office Hours – May 9, 2023 -  - No Recording


Links


Transition Training Modules for Teachers
Age Appropriate Assessments by Disability Type
Student Led IEP's
Self-Determination IEP Instruction
Job and Skill Example Videos
Vocational Rehabilitation: How to Receive Services (Information for Students and Parents)
Next Steps Idaho
Participation of Students with Disabilities in Driver Education Programs
Supporting Student-Led Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance
Partnering with Community Agencies in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance)
Incorporating Career and Technical Education in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Disturbance
The Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission Education
The ARC Virtual Program Library
Kids Health in the Classroom
Workforce Atlas
Workforce GPS
Progress Center

Classroom Behavior Management Training Module for Secondary Teachers - Developed specifically with middle and high school teachers in mind (e.g., 6th-12th grade), this module reviews the major components of a classroom behavior management plan (including rules, procedures, and consequences) and guides users through the steps of creating their own classroom behavior management plan (est. completion time: 2 hours).

Reality Town - is a fun, hands-on curriculum that culminates in a two hour simulation event run by your school personnel, during which time students take on a career, salary, spouse, or lack thereof, children and the financial obligations of a 30 year old adult. The Reality Town program is a great motivator and eye-opening experience, as students learn many financial and life concepts. LEA’s can borrow the Kit and site license from Idaho SESTA at no charge. The kit comes with everything the LEA will need to host their event for up to 200 students. For more information and to borrow the kit, please contact Idaho SESTA.


Secondary Transition Resources

Contact Us

Randi cole

Special Education Secondary Transition
Coordinator
Phone: 208-332-6918
rcole@sde.idaho.gov
 

 

sde Idaho State Department of Education
650 W. State Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027