PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - February 2022



The 2022 PA Community of Practice Conference planning team is requesting proposals to present at the 2022 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference on August 10-11, 2022

This year's theme, Mission Possible: Transitioning into the Future, provides us the opportunity to come together as a community to discuss effective practices as we prepare our youth and those supporting them to be change agents for the future.

The conference committee is requesting proposals from interested persons who are able to connect their topic to one or more of the 9 Quality Indicators of Transition Discoveries.

All presenters are expected to present in-person at the Penn Stater and offer sessions that will engage virtual and in-person audience members.

General Guidelines for Submission

- Proposals must be submitted via online application at

- All proposals must support post-school outcomes and align with a conference strand

- Submission Deadline – February 28, 2022

Required Information for Session Proposals
- Title of Presentation (100 characters or less)
- Narrative Description of Session (300-500 words)
- Session Abstract (50 words or less)
- Alignment with Conference Strand
- Name, Email, Employer, Title/Role of Presenters

Completed proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 28, 2022.

For questions regarding the conference and/or proposal submission, please contact Kim Cole,

Governor Wolf Announces $1.2 Million Investment in Apprenticeship Programs Across Pennsylvania

$1.2 million has been awarded through the Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program to help train the next generation of in-demand apprentices.

Click here to read about the opportunities across the state.

To learn more information about the Wolf administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit DCED’s website.



Don't forget to check the events calendar to stay up to date on all of the great events happening in PA and nationally related to secondary transition!

PaTTAN Releases New Publication: 15 Ways for Job Coaches to Presume Competence

PaTTAN is pleased to release it's newest publication, 15 Ways for Job Coaches to Presume Competence.

The publication can be accessed on the resources section of PaTTAN website.

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Pennsylvania PBS: Family Night

Pennsylvania PBS (PA PBS) is the collective name for seven public media organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These include WHYY/Philadelphia, WITF/Harrisburg, PBS39/WLVT/Bethlehem, WPSU/State College, WQED/Pittsburgh, WQLN/Erie, and WVIA/Scranton. Together PA PBS is a resource for all Pennsylvanians by providing civic, educational, and cultural programs and events.

By visiting their website you have access to programs, educational resources, links to relevant partners and information, and a monthly newsletter!

One resource to feature is Family Night, which offers different career videos, resources and activities for families to explore!

VRTAC-QM Manager Minute: Education and VR - Let’s Talk Collaboration That Works


The goal of VRTAC-QM is to partner with State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) to enhance service delivery and maximize outcomes through quality program and resource management.

Recently, Shannon Austin, Executive Director of Vocational Rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Labor and Industry, and Carole Clancy, Bureau Director of Special Education at the Commonwealth of PA Department of Education, joined Carol Pankow and Missy Diehl in the VRTAC-QM Studio to talk about the critical partnership between Vocational Rehabilitation and Education and how collaboration and commitment helped create and implement a strong partnership in Pennsylvania.

Listen to the Podcast Here


Person Driven Planning

The PA Secondary Transition Community of Practice is seeking input from youth and adults supporting youth of transition age on knowledge of and involvement in person-driven planning practices. Please take a few moments to provide your input to the team and share within your networks as you see appropriate. The information gathered will be used for cross-agency state level goal development for the 2022-2023 school year. Your input is important! Responses will be accepted through 3/31/2022.


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Help the Pennsylvania Community on Transition learn more about how youth set goals and plan for their future. Please share this flyer with youth you know!
Youth Survey Flyer

Survey On Training Needs of Professionals

To better support professionals assisting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), and the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) want to learn more about the training needs of professionals related to the implementation of positive behavior supports.

The data collected from this survey will be used by ODP to inform trainings to reflect the needs of provider and professional organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Note: This survey is anonymous and any contact information that you provide will be kept separately from your survey responses.

Please click here to complete this survey.

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete this survey by February 11th, 2022.

Department of Health and PEAL Center Focus Groups

Transition Age Youth (12-21) and parent/family caregivers needed for focus groups!

A $25 Gift Card will be provided per family. Please help the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health find out what is needed to support transition age youth with special health care needs/disabilities. The Bureau is working with PEAL to outreach to families and will be asking questions about transition planning, bullying, safe relationships, and reproductive health and sexuality. Please register here for a date to participate. We are looking for young adults (12-21) to participate by themselves and also for young adults to participate with their family member to support communication. Flyer attached.

Registration for Youth Only

If you are younger than 18, please ask your parent/guardian to register with you.


Flyer for Transition Focus Groups


WEBINAR: Frequently Asked Questions about Work-Based Learning Guidelines for Youth

Please join the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education with the U.S. Department of Education for a joint webinar discussing frequently asked questions about laws and regulations when engaging youth in work-based learning (WBL) /work experience activities! Work experiences and work-based learning activities are a priority under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Participants will have the opportunity to hear about resources from each agency and participate in a question-and-answer session.

DATE: 2/3/2022

TIME: 2:00 EST

Click Here for Registration

2022 Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference, Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce this important professional development event:

2022 Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference, Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

Locations: Hershey Lodge and Convention Center OR Virtual Webinar

Dates: March 2-4, 2022

Join Pennsylvania’s educators for the Bureau of Special Education’s signature event. This annual statewide conference offers an opportunity to learn and engage with nationally recognized presenters, as well as colleagues from across the state, highlighting effective instructional strategies and interventions designed to make an educational difference for all students.

Secondary Transition Highlights Include:

  • Dr. Betty Ray Butler: Culturally Responsive Approach to Transition Planning & Restorative Process to Improve Transition Experiences Among Culturally Diverse Youth and Families
  • Melissa Diehl and Michael Stoehr: Collaboration Realized!
  • Dr. Laura Owens: Building Meaningful lives for students with complex support needs & Moving from ”Can” to “How” – Transition to Employment for Students with Complex Support Needs
  • Patricia Andrew, J.D.: Secondary Transition What Would YOU do? & Trends and Outcomes Specific to Transition Issues in Mediation and Due Process.

Target Audience: General education and special education administrators and teachers, career and technical education administrators and teachers, speech and language therapists, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty, professional development staff, parents and families are encouraged to attend.

Credits: Act 48 Clock hours, PSYCH and ASHA

Registration Fee:
Registration is open until February 16, 2022. Payment must be received prior to the conference. You will not be permitted to attend the conference unless your registration fee is paid in full.

  • In Person Conference Attendance - $225
  • Virtual Conference Attendance - $125


  • Melissa Crum, Ph.D. - Why Self-Reflection is Important
  • Lydia X.Z. Brown, J.D. - Ableism is the Crisis; Disability Justice is the Future: Centering Disability in Our Schools
  • Jessica Cabeen - Dream Big, Live Colorfully, Lead Boldly: Developing Your Best Self at School and at Home
  • Carole Clancy and Laurie VanderPloeg - Attract, Prepare, Retain: Re-envisioning Pennsylvania’s Approach to Special Education Personnel

Register Here

Questions about General Information, Registration, and Continuing Education Credit:

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C)

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C) provides information, tools, and supports to assist multiple stakeholders to provide effective services and instruction for students and out-of-school youth with disabilities.

Check out their Training Resource Library.

If you're new to transition, be sure to check out Transition 101!


Did you know that there are 29 Intermediate Units across the state of Pennsylvania? Each IU has training and consultation (TAC) staff dedicated to secondary transition. The Transition TAC across the state do AMAZING work at the local level to help local education agencies improve transition practices for students with disabilities. Each month we will feature TAC across the statewide system!


Intermediate Unit (28): ARIN IU 28

Adrienne Stiteler

Adrienne is the secondary transition consultant for IU 28, serving Armstrong & Indiana counties. Her passion is preparing youth with disabilities for post school success especially in the areas of work based learning. Before joining the TAC team at IU 28, she was a learning and life skills support teacher. Adrienne loves engaging students in the field of work to discover their true passion!

Get in Touch with Adrienne:


Phone: 724-463-5300 Ext. 1105

IU 28 Website


Armstrong-Indiana Transition Council

Secondary Transition Live Binder

The One Stop Transition Shop

Central Region

Appalachia Intermediate Unit (AIU8)

Troy Eppley

This is Troy's 3rd year as the lead in Secondary Transition at IU08. Previously, he served as a Transition Coordinator (among other roles) in a district before coming to the IU08. Transition is a passion for Troy as it allows you to see the the transformation from student to adult and enjoy the successes along the way.

Get in Touch with Troy:


Phone: 814-940-0223


Eastern Region

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 (CLIU)

Kendyle Mills

CLIU serves students in Carbon and Lehigh County schools as well as students within IU classrooms. Kendyle has been an Ed consultant for 5 years serving previously a special education teacher for 17 years.

Get in Touch with Kendyle:


Phone: 610-769-4111


This newsletter is brought to you by: The Pennsylvania Community on Transition

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a group of various stakeholders from across Pennsylvania who work collaboratively to ensure appropriate transition outcomes for Pennsylvania youth and young adults.

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a state leadership team consisting of representative from: the State Departments of Education, Health, Labor and Industry, and Human Services; Various Serving Agencies, Young Adults, Parent Organizations, Advocates, Higher Education, and Employers.

The shared vision and common goals of the Pennsylvania Community on Transition is achieved when all PA youth and young adults with disabilities:

  • Successfully transition to the role of productive and participating adult citizens
  • Are empowered to recognize their talents, strengths, and voice
  • Have equal access to resources that will promote their full participation in the communities of their choice.