PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - April 2023


Work-Based Learning Toolkit

Looking for a tool to help organize data collection for students engaging in work-based learning opportunities? Look no further than the Education Development Center's Work Based Learning Data Collection Toolkit@

This toolkit helps organize work-based learning data collection by providing information about:

  • setting goals for data collection
  • deciding what information to collect and how to define it
  • establishing a process for data collection
  • making use of the data

The toolkit is available in PDF form below for you to download!


Interested in Working with OVR to Support a Youth Ambassador?

Learn how Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 (RIU6) partnered with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to support the state's first Youth Ambassador. Hear from Will himself about the experiences he was a part of and the skills he's learned to support him with future employment!

All PA local education agencies serving transition-aged youth are welcome to apply. Contact your local OVR District Office for more information.

Pennsylvania - Youth Ambassador program - IU # 6

PA Highlighted by NTACT:C for Cross Stakeholder Collaboration and Capacity Building at the State, Local, and Student Level

Collaboration between education, vocational rehabilitation, other agency partners, family members, and students has long been viewed as important in improving outcomes for students with disabilities and is especially essential in the implementation of WIOA and IDEA and related Pre-Employment Transition Services.

During the 2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference, Making A Difference: Educational Practices that Work!, Michael Stoehr and Ruth Allison from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C) presented on cross-agency collaboration and highlighted examples of the great work being done in PA. Pictured are members of the PA Team, who discussed work being done in the state between the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education; the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Office of Developmental programs around Connecting for Employment and Youth Ambassadors.


Interested in Learning About Student-Led IEPs?

This video is for professionals who are interested in learning about Student-Led Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and how to implement them in their school.


PEAL Center's 21 and Able Series

PEAL is offering 21 and Able virtual sessions to help youth, parents, guardians and family members empower young adults with disabilities transition smoothly from the last day of high school to the first day of adult life by increasing education, employment, housing and independent living and other opportunities

PEAL Center’s 21 and Able Project, Powered by United Way helps young adults with disabilities transition smoothly from the last day of high school to the first day of adult life by increasing employment, housing opportunities and other support.

PEAL works with families:

  1. Providing drop in sessions for support and information, training and individual support for transition.
  2. Connecting families, especially for young adults with the most significant disabilities and complex needs to the community supports and services they need.

Use this link to register!

Save the Date

The PA Secondary Transition Community of Practice will be holding its annual conference, Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future, on August 9 & 10, 2023 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

Registration and youth/family scholarship applications will be available in May, 2023.


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

Are you looking to learn more information about transition?

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!


Are you looking for transition events across PA?

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!

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.