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Special Education

April 24th Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference Online Application Is Closed

The online application for the April 24, 2013 Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference in Marlborough, MA, is now open. Four-person leadership teams representing districts, collaboratives, vocational-technical schools, and approved private schools may apply to attend the April conference.

On April 24, 2013, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a district and school capacity-building conference on secondary transition in Marlborough, Massachusetts, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center. Keynotes will be Dr. Michael Wehmeyer, University of Kansas, and Dr. Thomas Hehir, Harvard University. Presentations will be offered in the areas of Self Determination, Transition Assessment, Career Development, Postsecondary Education and Training, & Family Engagement and Community Collaboration.

Conference agenda

Leadership Team Composition:

  • Team Member #1: Special Education Director, Assistant Special Education Director, or equivalent position
  • Team Member #2: Special Education Teacher, Transition Coordinator, or equivalent position
  • Team Members #3 & #4: Principal, Superintendent, Student with Disabilities, Parent of Student with Disabilities, Assistive Technology Specialist, General Education Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Special Education Teacher, School Committee Member, Related Service Provider, VR Counselor, Workforce Partner, Higher Education Representative, Community Partner, Human Service Agency Representative

The purposes of this conference are:
  1. to provide district leadership teams with essential knowledge about the transition planning process, both as a cohesive, integrated system and from the perspective of evidence-based practices in self determination; transition assessment; career development; postsecondary education and training; and family engagement and community collaboration
  2. to engage district leadership teams in a data-based planning process designed to improve postsecondary outcomes for all students with disabilities.

Due to space considerations, The Department can accommodate up to 120 leadership teams at the conference. If more than 120 leadership teams apply to attend, participants may be selected on the basis of need as determined by LEA accountability status, need for special education technical assistance or intervention, and/or Indicator 13 status. Since space is limited, the Department may also consider team composition and the completeness of the submitted self assessment when selecting conference participants. The Department will seek to ensure that diverse regions of the state and district/school sizes are represented at the conference.

Questions? Amanda Green, 781-338-3368, agreen@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: February 14, 2013
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