TIG Times!

September 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

On behalf of the WI Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) and the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG), I am excited to welcome you back for another exciting year supporting Wisconsin’s youth with disabilities as they transition from high school. TIG monitoring and technical assistance, along with the hard work of school districts, resulted in a 99.86% Indicator 13 compliance rate for the 2017-18 school year. Indicator 13 is the performance measure monitoring effective postsecondary transition planning for Wisconsin’s students with IEPs. 100% of required year districts and 95% of elective year districts (354) were included in the 2018 Wisconsin Indicator 14 Survey of the 2016-2017 exiters with disabilities. Results of the 2018 Indicator 14 Survey are summarized below.

2018 Indicator 14 Unduplicated Outcomes of 2016-17 Exiters

Percent of Respondents

(Number of respondents) Post-School Outcome






TIG also supports schools around improving graduation and dropout rates for students with disabilities. Statewide, graduation rates improved to 89.6% with the class of 2018. Comparatively, the graduation rate for students with disabilities was 68.5%. The gap in graduation rates existed for students with disabilities in the four, five and six year graduation cohorts. While our statewide data includes many positives around transition for students with disabilities, there is work to be done to support more students to achieve their post-school goals.

A focus area this year for TIG will be supporting local County Communities on Transition (CCoTs). A CCoT is a regional community that comes together (networks) regularly to identify issues, barriers, supports & solutions to assisting students with disabilities make a successful transition from school to adulthood. TIG is hopeful this venue will provide critical collaboration around the barriers preventing students with disabilities from graduating on time from high school as well as being competitively employed as adults.

Supporting CCoTs is a strategy explicitly named in the Competitive Integrated Employment Joint Plan submitted to the state legislature in June 2019. ACT 178 requires the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DWD-DVR) and WDPI to identify strategies to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin.

TIG staff are excited to offer new supports to schools this year through Statewide Communities of Practice and a new intensive supports model. Please make sure to reference the services and supports structure section of the newsletter to learn more about these opportunities.

At the end of the newsletter make sure to reference our highlighted resources for Back to School. I wish you all a successful school year and look forward to seeing you at our statewide transition events. Thank you for all you do to support WI students with disabilities to graduate college and career ready!

Alicia Reinhard

TIG Grant Director

Statewide Transition and Graduation Consultant

Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) Services and Supports Structure New for 2019-2020

The TIG is aligning support structures to better assist coordinated and sustained improvement efforts with individual school districts. Our grant is excited to offer intensive supports to districts looking to improve outcomes in the WI State Performance Plan Indicators 1, 2, 13 & 14. The TIG will also focus on supporting districts who received the Transition Readiness Grant and Transition Incentive Grant/Aid. This discretionary grant will continue to support districts statewide regarding transition, however, the format of professional development will be provided mainly through face to face regional trainings, statewide events, and on-line learning modules.

Universal Supports

Accessible to all districts: Self-Directed Supports

  • Accessible website and resources
  • Statewide transition events, transition informational E-blasts
  • Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) monthly monitoring
  • Transition related resources through a variety of formats
  • On-line PTP course
  • On-line learning modules in priority areas
  • Continued transition partnerships locally, statewide, and nationally
  • Response to transition related questions

Targeted Supports

Time-limited supports by invitation to districts

  • Training and support to the districts receiving Transition Readiness Grant and Transition Incentive Grant funds
  • Indicator 14 Interviewer Training
  • Transition Planning of the Rural, Urban and Suburban Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Para-Educator Training
  • Best Practice in Transition Regional Trainings
  • Professional learning opportunities
  • Time-limited transition coaching

Intensive Supports

Intensive support to districts around Indicators 1, 2, 13 and 14

  • In-depth monitoring of the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP)
  • Data-driven selection of districts identified under Indicators 1, 2, 13 and 14
  • Implementation of the Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP)
  • Implementation of the Transition Improvement Plan (TIP)
  • In-depth data reviews
  • Intensive transition coaching

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Jenson (608) 921-1400 or pam.jenson@cesa2.org or contact your local Regional TIG Coordinator- https://www.witig.org/contact-us/

Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy

October 15, 2019

Wilderness Resort Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join the Transition Improvement Grant staff for the 6th annual Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy! This is an opportunity for educators, transition partners and families to connect and collaborate on top issues around transition for students with disabilities. Back by popular demand, our Academy will kickoff with a youth panel sharing their experiences, set backs and advice on preparing for postsecondary education. Additional session to follow will include the topic areas of: Community Based Employment, Career and Technical Education, Postsecondary Education, Transition Events, Graduation Rates and Dropout Prevention, and Best Practices in Transition.

Register today at: https://www.witig.org/event-details.html?id=4448

Community of Practice for Rural, Suburban and Urban Educators

October 16, 2019

Wilderness Resort Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Are you ready? Join the Transition Improvement Grant staff for our 1st annual Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition for educators only! The CoP will kickoff the day after the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy on October 16th, 2019. Be one of the first educators to come and see what this targeted professional development is all about as together we discuss transition needs in rural, suburban and urban areas. Come join the fun! Follow up virtual meetings and CoP Finale dates will also be shared.

Register today at: https://www.witig.org/event-details.html?id=4456

To view all Transition Professional Development Activities, visit the Calendar of Events on our TIG website at: https://www.witig.org/calendar.html

Highlighted TIG Resources

Starting off the school year with transition planning is important to consider for middle and high school students. View the Back to School Transition Tips for ideas and activities to start your year off. Take a moment to watch this brief video overview of the Back to School Transition Tips resource and all the access to transition planning information it holds.

Remembering how to move students from one school to another within your district or how to assign new teachers and delete former teachers' PTP access may get lost in the start of a new school year. Take a peek at the 2019-2020 PTP Tips and Reminders resource for this information and much more on kicking the PTP year off right!

School Counselors can provide many valuable insights at an IEP meeting, from knowledge of postsecondary education programs to school classes and preparations that lead to successful post-school entry. To assist School Counselors in understanding the PTP part of the IEP, share the What School Counselors Need to Know About Special Education Transition and the IEP Planning resource with them.

The transition planning process can often feel overwhelming to students and their families especially when outside agencies are discussed. The Transition Planning for Families resource has some great insight to adult services as well as a diagram to organize important contact information in the transition planning process. This resource is also available in Spanish.

Thank you to the Paraprofessionals and Educators that joined us for the Job Coaching for Paraprofessionals Training!

TIG hosted the first annual Job Coaching for Paraprofessionals training held at the Hyatt in Green Bay on August 13th and 14th. We met many Paraprofessionals and Educators from around the state and had the opportunity to share powerful knowledge and experiences with one another.