Transition Elementary to Secondary

Collaborative Approach- Student Centered

Meeting Objectives:

Developing a comprehensive and integrated transition plan for Patty can ease her anxiety and decrease stress for both the student and parent/guardian(s) during this critical period.

  1. Discuss Individualized Program Plan (IPP) (Transitional Plan is part of IPP)
  2. Identify goals consistent with Patty’s areas of strengths, needs and preferences
  3. Define the actions necessary, to help Patty achieve her short and long term goals
  4. Clarify the roles and responsibilities of Patty, family and school staff
  5. Identify a timeline for the completion of each of the actions

FIVE STEPS

  1. Preparation- Build a Planning Team
  2. Gather Information using MAPS & PATH
  3. Develop the transition plan
  4. Implement - ACTIONS & TIMELINE & PAPER WORK
  5. Update the Plan- SCHEDULES FOLLOW UP MEETINGS
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TEAM

Patty, Parent/Guardian(s), Principal, Classroom Teacher(s)-Student Success Teacher(S), Special Education Resource Teachers in both schools, EA, Transition Coordinator, Social Worker,

Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Pathologist

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Patty's Role:
  • Attend transition planning meetings.
  • Lead the transition planning meetings, with support.
  • Share her personal preferences, goals, and needs with the team
  • Ask questions and provide information to the team on various issues
  • Assume responsibility for working towards her goals
  • Patty will attend orientation session in the new school.
  • Start meeting with adult service providers to explore what options will be available for Patty


Parents/Guardian(s)

  • Attend and participate in team meetings around transitions
  • Explore with Patty education, career, or community pathways that would be attainable
  • Consider initiating a transition folder outlining strengths, needs and programming considerations
  • Prepare Patty for transition and support her in achieving her personal goals.
  • Maintain open communication with school to express cares and concerns
  • Continue to discuss the importance and benefits of working and earning wages.


School Staff and other parties:

  • The School Principal: is responsible for ensuring that IEP transition plans are developed & maintained.
  • Ensure documentation is in place prior to the move
  • Review IEP and student profile with new teachers.
  • Support Patty to increase self-advocacy skills.
  • Support Patty in selecting courses relative to her strengths and needs.
  • Communicate placement options available for Patty
  • Explore appropriate assistive technologies.
  • Prepare a transition guide/video prepared for Patty ( map of the school, photos of staff, etc.)
  • Special Education Teacher from secondary school will visit the elementary school to observe in the classroom setting