Upcoming Transition Meeting

Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 @ St. Francis School (6:00PM)

Objective

Transition plans are put in place to assist your child in making a successful transition between elementary and secondary school. She may encounter another transition meeting when she finishes high school to help her transition into work and community life. (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2002).


The main goals of this transition meeting include:

• identifying goals for further education

• defining the actions that are necessary year by year to help your child achieve his or her goals

• clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the student, family, and others in carrying out these actions.

Team Members

Other Members of The Transition Planning Team Include...

Special Education Teacher

- can provide insight into the student's strengths and needs and identify some actions that may help the student reach their goals in the transition process.


Educational Assistants

- Another member who can provide insight into the students strengths and needs and work ethics.


Guidance Counselor

- Someone from the high school who can provide insight into possible ideas for placements to help Patty transition into a job later in life. They can also provide insight into other transition plans and possible actions that were proven successful in the past.


Cooperative Education Teacher

-Need to be introduced to Patty early so that he or she can become more acquainted with Patty's interests and strengths and needs for when it comes time for Patty to attend potential job placements.


Speech-Language Pathologist

- Someone who has worked with Patty and can provide academic goals for her and identify her strengths and needs with regards to her verbal language skills.


Work Experience Coordinator

-Another member who has worked with Patty and can identify her strengths and weaknesses and possible goals for Patty.


Community Service and Health Care Providers

- Someone who can look at Patty's case and outline the kinds of services that Patty is entitled to.


High School Special Education Teachers

- Teachers who need to become aware of Patty's strengths and needs and become active participants in the transition process.

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The Process

PHASE ONE: Preparation

- Appointing a Transition Plan Team Leader (someone who will coordinate tasks amungst the team members; usually the students classroom teachers).


- Selecting Transition Plan Team Members (see above members)


- Orientating Team Members (ensuring everyone is aware of the project goals and facts)


- Collecting Background Knowledge (IEP's, last year’s transition plan, a list of the student’s strengths and needs from the most recent IPRC statement of decision, the student’s most recent annual education plan (AEP), a vocational assessment, any relevant medical, psychological, and other assessments).


- Designing The Process (Based upon the students needs, does the transition plan simply require additions to the IEP, moderate additional support, high levels of additional support).

PHASE TWO: Development of the Plan

The Transition Plan Should Follow These Steps:

- identify the student’s transition goals (transitioning into high school).

- identifying the steps and actions necessary for achieving the goals

- coordinating the transition plan with the IEP and other plans

- identifying timelines and responsibilities



Keep in mind, the plan and process should be...

- SIMPLE (Keep the goal in mind, sometimes intense planning isn't needed).


- GOAL-ORIENTATED (Everything in the plan should be put in place to assist the student with transitioning between elementary school and high school).


- COMPLETE (All students require lifelong learning, have a right to employment, have a right to independent living if possible).


- INDIVIDUALIZED (Keep the student in mind, let them be apart of the planning process)

- BASED ON PARTNERSHIP (Work together with the student and their guardians, school, and any other organizations involved).


- FLEXIBLE (Allow for additional goals to be added or changed at any time. This is a work in progress until a finite plan is in sight).

PHASE THREE: Documentation and Implementation

- Recording the plan

- Distributing copies of the plan to each affected member

- Making any additional changes that may arise

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Thinking of the Future

The overall goal of the transition plan meeting is to develop a plan that will help Patty transition between elementary school into high school with ease and success. This plan will allow us to pin point Patty's specific strengths and needs so that her future teachers know how to assist Patty so that she can achieve success. The end goal is that Patty will succeed throughout high school and attend possible co-op placements where she can find a work environment that she can contribute to and succeed at. Our Goal is to watch Patty SUCCEED.
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Resources

Ministry of Education. (2002). Transition Planning: A Resource Guide. Queen’s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/sid/15.htm


Ministry of Education. (2005) Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide. Queen’s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from: https://learn.etfo-aq.ca/content/enforced/45096- A3221EA/docs/planningentry.pdf_&d2lSessionVal=zhjsdQsIAYpCuwn6yZbmZIoQy&ou=45096

By: Jessica Sevier