Transition Plus March 25

The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing

A friendly reminder: If you have information that needs to go out to the whole staff, and it can wait until Monday, submit it to be included in the MMM. We are trying to cut down on all staff emails.

Let Your Voice be Heard

We have a number of opportunities for staff to provide input on upcoming positions for next school year.

Please check out these opportunities to provide input in defining roles, interviewing and looking at spaces.

Thursday March 28th

The Ambassadors for Respect is finally ready to present on Bully Prevention!

Jewell & Mike's Relationships class will be in the cafeteria 2nd period and would love for students and staff to come!

The presentation is centered around advocacy, inclusion and kindness.

Please let us know if your class will be available, we hope to see you there.

Licensed Interview & Select Positions are posted 4/19/19.

Here is the calendar.

These are the tentative dates for postings:

4/3/19 - TOSA/DPF postings

May – Professional postings (internal)

5/6/49 – ESP postings

June – AFSCME postings

June – Professional postings (external)

Save the date!

TPlus Talent Show will be on

Friday, April 26th at 1:30pm in the TPlus Cafeteria.

The Career Expo: Autism at Work event, being hosted by Minneapolis College’s Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), Career Services, TRIO Student Support Services and TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, is an event to celebrate individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that are successfully living, going to school, and working within our communities.

Event: Career Expo: Autism at Work

Date: Saturday, April 27th 2019

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Minneapolis College (1st Floor Technical Building)

Cost: FREE – lunch and parking are provided as well

Minneapolis College Autism at Work Career Expo Website

Minneapolis College Autism at Work Career Expo Attendee Registration Link

Thanks to everyone for your donations to the Pennies for Patient Fundraiser.

Nate Pevito would like to remind everyone that the Fundraiser will end on Thursday, March 28th. We have raised $68.19 of the goal of $100.00 dollars.

Also, if you would like to donate beyond pennies, we can accept any coin amount and we will gladly accept dollar bills as well.

Thank you for your consideration to this charity. (Luekemia & Lymphoma Society)

Additional upcoming information sessions at Concordia University

Upcoming Information Meetings

Online Meeting
Wednesday, 4/3/2019 at 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM

For additional dates and times please visit Concordia University, St. Paul: Information Meetings for more details.

Master's Programs Offered
- Special Education Master’s w/ SLD, EBD or ASD Licensure*
- Ed. Technology Master’s (can be used for certificate only)
- Educational Leadership Master’s
- Differentiated Instruction Master’s
- Reading Endorsement w/ Master’s* (can be used for endorsement only)
-Master of Arts in Teaching w/ K-6 License (can be used for license only)
- Educational Specialist w/ Principal or Superintendent Licensure
- Doctorate in Educational Leadership
*Must hold a MN teaching license

Program Highlights

- Finish one course every 7 weeks
- Weekly web-conference one hour per week, same night entire program

- Professors and advisors readily available
- Most completion times 2 years or less, including summer & holiday breaks

- Up to 50% transfer credits considered

- No GRE or admission tests

To RSVP or for more information, please call (612) 806-0684 or email

Professional Development

If you are in need of Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Training for licensure, please see below for offerings in the next few months. Sign up on e-Compass. Using the course and section codes.

Course 91661 Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Section 114616 Thursday, March 21st 7:30-8:30 am Davis Center N5-083

Section 114617 Wednesday, April 24th 4:10-5:10 pm Davis Center N5-083

Course 90271 Early Warning Signs/Mental Health Course

Section 114624 Tuesday, April 9th 4:00-5:30pm Davis Assembly room

Section 114618 Wed, April 24th 3:00-4:00 pm Davis Center N5-083

Registration Open for March 29 ESP PD

March 29, 2019 is a contract duty day for Educational Support Professionals (ESP) and is the last of four duty-days set aside for ESP professional development for SY18-19. ESPs should choose one of the PD options below with the understanding that professional development requirements identified in ESP job descriptions for individual duty positions such as CPR, First Aid, and NCI take precedence over other professional development opportunities.

Please register to attend training outlined below viaeCompass for PD sessions by March 27, 2019.

Option 1: Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NCI), CPR, and First Aid Training

ESPs requiring NCI, CPR and First Aid certification as required of their employment position/classification should choose this option to meet their certification requirements. Verification of attendance and training will be done using eCompass registration and, if requested, provided to principals by MPS PD. Registration forCPR/AED certification and First Aid certification needs to happen separately. Please register for both if you need both certifications. Seats are limited for each session offered. ​

See session overview for registration links.

Option 2: Participate in ESP-specific Professional Development

ESP professional development will be offered at Justice Page Middle School with a variety of learning opportunities for ESPs provided by district departments and specialists. Verification of attendance and training will be done using eCompass registrations and provided to site level time-approvers by MPS PD. ​

See session overview for registration links

Arnée Martin will be the new grant support SEA.

If you have an idea for Donors Choose, please reach out to her by email.

Just a reminder--

Time in ESS for March 18-29 will be approved by Traci on March 29th. Therefore, all of your time must be entered by NOON on Wednesday, March 27th. This will allow Traci to ensure that everyone has done it correctly and allow time to confer with staff who need to make adjustments or reminded to enter their time.

Friday, March 29th is PD. You will enter that as REGULAR hours. For those who signed up for courses lasting more than 6 hours, special ed will provide you with extended time codes. You likely would not be able enter those until after 3/29, and Traci will approve those after break.

If you are not attending PD, you will need to get approval from Jason prior to Wednesday, March 29th by filling out an Absence Request Form.

March 29th is a required duty day for ESP's as Professional Development.

A Few CBI Reminders

CBI modules are designed to do two things:

1. Augment student learning by giving them hands-on practical experience with what is being taught in the classroom

2. Give students time to achieve IEP goals that are unattainable in a classroom

Teachers are expected to (and have been!) facilitate 2 out of 3 modules each semester for a total of 4 modules each year. Teachers can facilitate more if there is need or interest.

Case managers assign students according to goals. This can be a discussion between case managers and students. Students will stay with their module for 5 weeks.

Module facilitators communicate with case managers to question a student assignment, or to request students for their module.

Facilitators can signify pre-requisites, limits, or intentions on their module themselves or have Colleen write them. One way to catch the students your module is designed for is to write a strong description of the module to guide people as they are signing up.

All Modules and descriptions should be given to Colleen two weeks before the Module starts. April 22 is the next deadline.

Engagement News

Staff have asked for the levels of Behavior.

Behavior Continuum Feel free to refer to list of 1-4 Behaviors when completing incident reports or have questions about levels of behaviors.

We need your input!

As we move into scheduling season for next year, we would like your suggestions on course offerings and scheduling considerations.

Please complete the Staff Survey by Thursday, April 11th, in order for your valuable feedback to be considered by the ILT scheduling committee.

Additionally, we would like our students to complete a brief three-question Student Survey so that we may also account for our student voice in the future of our programming.

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday --------

Tuesday -------- 8:40-9:20 Team 2 Data Meeting

Wednesday---- 8:45-9:25 Team 3 Data Mtg

Thursday-------- 8:35-9:20 Team 1 Data Mtg

----------------------- Ambassadors for Respect-- 2nd period

Friday ------------ No school for students/Record Keeping Day