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Special Education

Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference

April 24, 2013
Best Western Royal Plaza
Marlborough, MA

Introduction of the new secondary transition visual model
Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
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Massachusetts Student-Driven Secondary Transition Model
Keynote
Dr. Michael Wehmeyer, Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas; Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; and Associate Director, Beach Center on Disability
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Self-Determination: Building a Bridge to the Future
Secondary Transition in Massachusetts
Amanda Green, Educational Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Ellen Honeyman, Education Consultant & Retired Director of Special Education
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Preparing Students to Succeed in the World that Awaits Them: Secondary Transition in Massachusetts
Keynote
Dr. Thomas Hehir, Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences, Harvard University
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The Importance of Student Engagement
Best Practice presentations in each of five strands:

1. Self Determination: Dr. Scott Solberg, Associate Dean of Research, Boston University;
Caroline A. vanBruinswaardt, Doctoral Candidate, Boston University
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Developing Self-Determination & Career Readiness Skills Using Individualized Learning Plans: Findings & Recommendations from a National Study
2. Transition Assessment: Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
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Transition Assessment Overview and Best Practices
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Q&A for Parents
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Q&A for Students
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Assessment Matrix
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Independent Living Centers & Transition to Adulthood Programs
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Assessment Resources
3. Postsecondary Education & Training: Dr. Joseph Madaus, Director of the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
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Postsecondary Education and Training
4. Career Development: Keith Westrich, Director of College and Career Readiness, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Future Readiness for Massachusetts Students
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Links to accompany Keith Westrich's talk
5. Family Engagement/Community Collaborations: Terri McLaughlin and Margaret O'Hare, Federation for Children with Special Needs
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Engaging Families to Help Students Transition into Post-Secondary Opportunities
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Selected Resources on Family and Community Engagement
Massachusetts district and school professionals share what works (5 Strands):

1. Self Determination:
Student Panel with Michael Wehmeyer (PowerPoint Presentation not available)
2. Transition Assessment:
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Transition Coordinators' Group
Oxford Public Schools (PowerPoint Presentation not available)
3. Postsecondary Education & Training:
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South Hadley Public Schools
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Ivy Street School
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Works Cited
4. Career Development:
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Needham Public Schools
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North Adams Public Schools
5. Family Engagement/Community Collaborations:
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Cambridge Public Schools
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CRLS – MRC Student Meeting Action Plan
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CRLS – MRC Student Meeting Information Sheet
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Student Options After Graduation Sheet
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Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals
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Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
Team Time - Strategic Planning

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District/School Secondary Transition Needs Assessment
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District/School Strategic Planning


Last Updated: December 31, 2014
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