Transitioning to Secondary School
The Transition Planning Process
The Objectives of a Transition Meeting
You will have the opportunity to meet your child's teacher and support staff when you meet to discuss your child's exciting transition to secondary school. The goals of this meeting are:
- to enable the team leader, the student, parents, and supporters to get to know each other;
to familiarize the student, parents, and supporters with the process and the roles they will be expected to play;
to identify other support providers who should be included in the transition-planning process and determine whether there are any special require- ments, such as the need for an interpreter.
What/Who Is Available To Assist In The Transition
- The Principal
- The Subject Teacher
- Special Education Teachers
- Educational Assistants
- Guidance Counsellors
- Psychologists or other professionals
What Is The Process?
Phase Two (Development of the Plan): This part of the process should include the following steps
- Identifying the students transition goals: The goals should strike a balance between your child's ideal future goals and her limitations or barriers. They should include what supports or actions may be used to overcome these barriers.
- Identifying the steps and actions necessary for achieving the goals: Each action should be clear and easy to determine when the action has taken place. It should have a completion date. The actions should include everything to enable your student to reach her goals.
- Coordinating the transition plan with the IEP and other plans: Any actions that require additional supports in the transition plan must be documented in your child's IEP.
- Identifying timelines and responsibilities: For each action, a responsible party should be named (student, parent, teacher, etc)
Phase Three (Documentation and Implementation): The transition plan will include goals, actions, responsibilities and timelines. A copy of your child's IEP will be sent to you and a copy will be kept in their OSR file.