GPAEA Transition Kit

The GPAEA Transition Kit was created as a resource for Great Prairie AEA and LEA staff who support students in the area of Secondary Transition planning. The Kit provides many assessments to assist teams in determining student’s skills and needs in living, learning, and working, along with resources and tools to meet the identified needs. Rather than simply providing lists of assessments and resources, each section of the Transition Kit begins with an overview of the process that teams must engage in to determine which assessments and tools to use to develop a quality IEP.

Over the next few months, sections of the transition kit will be shared in-depth through the Transition Bulletin and Transition Community Network, to provide an exploration of the myriad of resources available. The Transition Kit is available as a google site, and is updated regularly with relevant resources.

For more information or professional development focusing on the Kit, contact your Transition Coordinator.


GPAEA Transition Kit

TR 2 Diagnostic Process: Living

Living is defined as the skills necessary to live as independently as possible and includes the areas of self-care/hygiene, financial literacy, mobility, recreation/leisure, health/fitness, safety, interpersonal relationships, personal safety, and community living.

The assessment process includes going through RIOT (Record Review, Interview, Observation, Test/Task) to gather information about a student’s needs in the area of living. Begin by considering a broad range of living skills, and gather more specific information when the team is unsure about the student’s skills, what they need to learn, and if there are any unanswered questions or conflicting information.

The Diagnostic Process: Living document outlines this assessment process, along with questions to consider within RIOT, and specific tools to assess student’s skills.


Transition Community Network

To dive deeper into TR2: Diagnostic Process: Living, watch the recorded Transition Community Network zoom on January 11, 2022 from 11:30 - 12:30.


Upcoming Trainings and Conferences - see full list here!


December 2021

Documentation of the Transition Process within the IEP

After gathering transition assessment data and determining student's needs in living, learning, and working, the IEP must be written to document the rich information gathered, and the supports and services required to meet the identified needs. The Documentation Format Sentence Starters follow the steps of the Iowa Transition Model and provide a formatted outline to help IEP teams document all of the necessary information for a quality IEP. GPAEA and other AEA’s support these documentation practices. The sentence starters are aligned to the GPAEA Conversational Rubric and the Quality Transition IEP checklist.

IEP Documentation: Sentence Starters Examples provide guidance on writing a quality IEP, but keep in mind that the IEP needs to be individualized to meet the needs of the student.

We would strongly encourage you to use this documentation format when writing IEPs.


Transition Community Network

December 14, 2021

11:30 - 12:30

To watch the recording, click on this link

Topic: Documentation of the Transition Process within the IEP


Secondary Transition 101 Iowa Transition Model

To learn more about how to implement the Transition Planning process using the Iowa Transition Model, check out the Secondary Transition 101 Iowa Transition Model recorded webinar. This learning opportunity was created through the Iowa Secondary Transition Learning Community (ISTLC) which was designed to meet the collective needs of Secondary Transition teams across the state, providing opportunities to connect, learn, and support one another.


Supporting People Living with Brain Injury Four-Part Course

The Iowa Coalition for Integration & Employment (ICIE) is delighted to sponsor this free four-part course on Supporting People Living with Brain Injury. Sessions will be held 3:30-4:30 on: January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17, 2022

Register once for all four sessions by going to this link:

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Department of Education State Performance Plan (SPP) Input Session

The Department of Education is holding a series of webinars to gather input from stakeholders regarding our State Performance Plan (SPP). There will be an Input Session on Secondary Transition (Tuesday, November 2nd from 3:30-5:00).

Link to register: Input for Special Education: Secondary Transition

This webinar features a panel discussion of transition services for youth with disabilities exiting high school to living, learning and working in their communities. Emphasis will be on identifying possible improvement strategies to reach Iowa’s performance goals. Participants will be asked to provide input and reaction to the panel discussion.

Each of these webinars will include a panel that will provide input and perspectives pertaining to the topic area, primarily by responding to the following questions:

  1. What is helping us reach our targeted outcomes?

  2. What is keeping us from reaching our targeted outcomes?

  3. What future activities could help us reach our outcomes?

In addition to panelist input, zoom participants will have the opportunity to write in reactions or other answers to the three questions. This is a link to all the SPP Input Sessions.


GPAEA Transition Community Network

November 9, 2021

11:30 - 12:30

You may view the recorded November Network session here.

Topic: GPAEA Conversational Rubric & Quality Transition IEP Checklist


GPAEA Conversational Rubric & Quality Transition IEP Checklist

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when planning for or writing an IEP? Have you wished for a tool to guide you through that transition process? Guess what? Such tools are available for you to use! Bookmark, save, or print these tools to use during transition planning conversations for students.

The GPAEA Conversational Rubric was developed to support the best practices, services, and procedures for transition age students. It is intended to enable conversations and as a means of growth and self-improvement in the practices of transition and post-secondary outcomes for students.

The Quality Transition IEP Checklist was created as a summarization of the most important items to be considered for documentation within the IEP. It is a tool that could be used after implementing the Conversational Rubric, within guided IEP conversation. It could also be used to assure that all necessary components of the IEP are documented.


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October 2021

Transition Community Network

You may view the recorded October Network session here.

Please join us for Great Prairie's first Transition Community Network! We plan to host this network once a month, as a place to come together to discuss timely secondary transition related topics. This month our topic will be the Secondary Transition Decision Guide - Learning & Working.

Secondary Transition Decision Guide - Learning & Working

The Secondary Transition page on the DE website now contains a new section called Additional Resources. Currently, you will find 3 documents that were just finalized this summer (2021).

The Decision Guides for Learning and Working were created for IEP teams to use during transition planning in the areas of learning and working. The documents should guide teams in the discussion around what might be provided during the traditional four years of high school, and when to consider the possibility of continuing services for students beyond the traditional four years of high school. This should be a starting point for creating an individualized plan and should be adjusted based on student need. These documents may look familiar, as they were previously known as "When is Done, Done?"

Supported Decision Making Brochure

Supported decision making is the act of supporting an individual with a disability to make their own decisions, which can include natural supports, case management, etc. The Supported Decision Making brochure includes information about the many additional resources available for individuals requiring differing levels of support. It is a high-level overview of supported decision making that provides links to additional resources and more detailed information.

It may be used to help students, families, educators and others explore a continuum of options for supporting students in planning for the transfer of rights at the age of majority.


GPAEA Transition page

Great Prairie AEA offers transition services to assist schools, students and families in the preparation that needs to be made for post-secondary living, learning and working in the community. The goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school to life in the community as easy and successful as possible.

On the GPAEA Secondary Transition page, you will find:

  • GPAEA Transition Coordinator and Family Educator Coordinator contact information

  • GPAEA Resources

  • Community Resources

  • Transition Related Links and Documents

  • Assessments

  • Work Experience Information

  • WIOA

  • 4+ Programs

  • College Related Information

This page contains resources to use and explore as you support students in their transition planning process. Information and resources will be added and updated frequently!


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