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Together we can. Transition Leadership Institute June 8-10, 2022

Together We Can!

Join us for the 15th Annual Leadership Institute! This year we will be hosting the event online. The 2-day event will provide AU teams and their key partners access to content-rich learning sessions to build knowledge of effective secondary transition practices. Teams will be provided collaborative team planning opportunities to strategically plan for the implementation of effective practices that lead to successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Registration

Registration is now closed. 

For questions regarding registration, please reach out to the event team at essu-tli_event@cde.state.co.us.

 

*** It has come to our attention that the Zoom Events platform being used to deliver the TLI Conference does not provide full functionality for Chromebook users.  The TLI Event Team suggests that Chromebook users access the conference using a Windows- or Mac-based computer or mobile device, if at all possible. ***


Agenda - Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Sessions on Wednesday are open only to new team leaders. 

9:00 - 10:30 pm & 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Transition Programming Tool


Agenda Thursday, June 9, 2022

8:30 - 9:30 Plenary Session

100: Together We Can

Presented by Gail Lott 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Together, we can do so much! Together, we can improve outcomes for students with disabilities! Over the last couple of years, our focus has been on the importance of interagency collaboration. Last year’s theme was, “Improving Student Outcomes through Equitable & Effective Practices and Interagency Collaboration.” This year’s theme is “Together We Can!” The underlying theme for our work has been how we will work together to assure equitable access to effective practices and programming to improve outcomes for students with disabilities in our state. Join the opening session to learn more about the direction of the Colorado Department of Education Secondary Transition Team. You will receive updates on the state of secondary transition in the state, where we are heading, and receive information on how you might engage in state-level work. 

9:45 - 10:45 Concurrent Sessions (101)

101A: What is Meant by Continuum of Transition Services-Transition Conversations: The Earlier the Better: What Should Be Happening When!

Presented by: Dr. Kara Halley, MSU Denver

One of the primary purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to "ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living." (34 CFR 300. 1)(a) The focus of IDEA has shifted from one that only provided children and youth with disabilities access to an education to one that also strives to improve results for all children with disabilities. This presentation will discuss the importance of beginning the transition planning process early to allow time for planning and accessing the support services needed in the future. A continuum of transition services will be presented including a timeline of specific transition activities that need to be initiated and a general guideline for school personnel to follow in designing the transition plan for each student they support.

101A Session Handout: 

101B: Help! My student is a 12th grader and can’t read! – What you need to know about using advanced technology to bridge the literacy gap.

Presented by: Jim Sandstrum, Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering, University of Colorado

Print disabilities are not quite the barrier they used to be, even just a few years ago. Advances in hardware and more importantly machine learning and artificial intelligence have leveled the playing field considerably. Join me for an interactive demonstration of the options available for reading printed and electronic text. Attend this session if you:

  • work with students with print disabilities, especially those transitioning to employment settings
  • want to learn more about the assistive technologies built into the devices you already own
  • have a keen interest in new technologies and how they may be implemented to support individuals with disabilities

Attendees will walk away with a toolbox of options to support reading in the classroom and beyond.

101B Session Handouts:

11:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions (102)

102A: Considerations: How do I know my student needs 18-21 services?

Presented by: Bob Barrows & Donna Johnson

This interactive session will pose questions for you to consider as you reflect on your 18-21 services. Two different case studies will get the group thinking about how your school district addresses different student needs in providing transition services and which questions to consider when determining which students need 18-21 transition services.

102A Presentation Slides (PDF)

 

102B: Illuminating the Pathway to Concurrent Enrollment through Secondary Transition Planning

Presented by: Carl Einhaus, Tammy Ward & Alex Perry

Colorado has a robust Concurrent Enrollment program which allows thousands of high school students to access postsecondary opportunities every year for free. The state has made a concerted and successful effort to improve equitable access for traditionally underserved access. Colorado has made great strides in closing the gaps, with one exception - students with disabilities. Join us to learn how Colorado is working with the College in High School Alliance and using the recently released framework, Unlocking the Potential of College in High School Programs for Students with Disabilities, to identify the barriers faced by SWDs in accessing Concurrent Enrollment and potential action steps to address these barriers.

102B Session Slides (Google Slides)

1:00 - 2:00 Concurrent Sessions (103)

103A: Designing and Implementing Effective 18-21 Services (Quality Indicators)

Presented by Dixie Periman & Dr. Kara Halley, MSU Denver

Presenters will provide strategies and resources necessary to manage a program for students with disabilities, ages 18-21.

103A Session Handout: 

103B: SOS - Linking to Adult Systems! An Overview of Adult Services and Resources

Presented by Jennifer Stewart, Colorado Office of Employment First, Katie Oliver, Colorado Department of Education; Cheryl Carver, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Katie Taliercio, Health Care Policy and Financing, Office of Community Living & Steve Wright, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

This presentation will introduce Colorado’s Sequencing of Services Framework and discuss key aspects to preparing for life after high school. Insights will include the importance of high expectations and transition planning at early ages. Information will be shared about the transition process in high school from assessments to services. Lastly, interagency partnerships and collaboration will be highlighted as a best practice to support students prepare for adult life.

102B Session Handout

2:15 - 3:30 Team Planning 

The institute provides an opportunity for AU/District teams to engage in rich data and content discussions. Teams will reflect upon last year’s transition-action plans to determine their progress in meeting last year’s goals. Teams will use the transition programming tool, district and school-based data as well as post-school outcomes data to systematically evaluate strengths and needs of current transition programming. Teams are provided the opportunity to engage with content experts to answer questions on a variety of transition-related topics. These data and content discussions will lead to the development of an action plan to address identified needs.

During the team planning session transition teams will meet in person or in a virtual space of their choosing. Team leads will need to identify set up a space for their teams to meet. 

 

3:30 - 3:45 Closing Session

Come join us to wrap up the day! 


Agenda Friday, June 11, 2022

8:15 - 8:30 Welcome / Sign In

Updates & Overview of the Day 

8:30 - 9:00 Plenary Session

200: What happened after we left school? 

Presented by Claire Leonard & Sabrina Wilsdon

Two young adult women with IDD want to share what their lives are like after school is over. They'll share what helped them reach their dreams and what they wish they had gotten during their school years. Both women live independently and have a work history.

 

9:15 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions (201)

201A: Engaging Agencies to Improve Student Outcomes: Sequencing of Services 

Presented by: Jennifer Stewart, Bob Barrows, Katie Kraft, Rachel Manzanares, Kacy Little Owl

Come to hear from the education liaisons from the Sequencing of Services pilots this past year and how their interagency efforts impacted their school system and community. This session will be an opportunity to hear from the education liaisons as to how their pilot participation impacted both internal and external relationships around transition practices.

201A Session Handout

201B: The Right Student, the Right Pathway: Assessing Student Aptitudes and Interests

Presented by: Emily Sherwood & Marta Osuna

How did you know what you wanted to do when you grew up? This webinar, will discuss effective strategies in identifying students’ aptitudes and interests and how to use this information to support their postsecondary and transition goals.

201B Session Handouts:

10:30 - 11:30 Concurrent Sessions (202)

202A: What does the data say? Using Post-school Outcomes Data to Design Effective Secondary Transition Programming

Presented by: Dr. Romie Tobin & Alyssa Ohleyer

This session we will a working session for participants to identify areas of concern with their AU PSO Data and prioritize areas to create goals to improve outcomes for students with Disabilities.

202A Session Handouts:

202B: Transition Assessment Drives the Bus! Developing a Transition Assessment Process

Presented by: Kacy Little Owl, Rachel Manzanares & Abby Rowley

Why Assess? Explore transition assessment and how to develop a process for solid transition IEP planning. Leave with a solid foundation of what transition assessments are, the purpose, types, and how to apply them.

202B Session Handouts: 

12:30 - 1:30 Concurrent Sessions (203)

203A: What do families need to know about secondary transition planning?

Presented by: Peak Parent Center, Anna Stewart & Michele Williers

Parents want to partner and create meaningful relationships with our teen's teachers. We're on the same team, or we should be, so how can we increase our understanding and our efforts on behalf of our young adults?

Join two parents (who represent hundreds more) to learn about their experiences as well as to get tips for building successful partnerships. We'll share practical strategies, give you our perspective, and encourage everyone to think outside of the box.

203A Session Handout: 

203B: Transition Assessment - I've collected data, now what? 

Presented by: Kacy Little Owl, Rachel Manzanares, Abby Rowley

Use a case study to explore tools for successfully writing a quality transition plan. Walk away with the transition assessments and resources to implement your own transition plan.

203B Session Handout:

1:30 - 3:30 Team Planning 

The institute provides an opportunity for AU/District teams to engage in rich data and content discussions. Teams will reflect upon last year’s transition-action plans to determine their progress in meeting last year’s goals. Teams will use the transition programming tool, district and school-based data as well as post-school outcomes data to systematically evaluate strengths and needs of current transition programming. Teams are provided the opportunity to engage with content experts to answer questions on a variety of transition-related topics. These data and content discussions will lead to the development of an action plan to address identified needs.

During the team planning session transition teams will meet in person or in a virtual space of their choosing. Team leads will need to identify set up a space for their teams to meet. 

 

3:30 - 3:45 Closing Session


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If you need assistance, please contact Gail Lott

 
 

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