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Join us for the 14h Annual Transition Leadership Institute (TLI)! The Exceptional Student Services Secondary Transition Team is hosting a virtual Transition Leadership Institute June 9-11, 2021! The theme for the upcoming institute is “Improving Student Outcomes Through Equitable & Effective Practices, and Interagency Collaboration”

The institute provides AU teams and their key partners access to content-rich learning sessions to build knowledge of effective secondary transition practices. There will be two content sessions each morning and a team planning session each afternoon. Content sessions are open to all registrants. Team planning sessions are open to team members only. Teams will be provided collaborative team planning opportunities to strategically plan for the implementation of effective practices that lead to successful post-school outcomes for student with disabilities.

Please access the agenda and additional information here.

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When & Where

June 9-11, 2021

TLI will be held virtually via Zoom. 


Agenda - Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Sessions on Wednesday are open only to new team leaders. 

9:00 - 10:30 pm & 1:00 - 2:30 pm

TL1: Transition Programming Tool

Agenda Thursday, June 10, 2021

8:15 - 8:30 Welcome

Updates & Overview of the Day 

8:30 - 9:30 General Session 

100: The Engaged and Resilient Learner

Presented by Jonathan Mooney 

One recent Gallup study found that student engagement and hope were significantly positively related to student academic achievement progress (growth) in math, reading, and all subjects combined, along with postsecondary readiness in math and writing. Student engagement, however, is at an all time low in every school district in the country. Jonathan Mooney presentation addresses this challenge head on. In this talk he provides concrete strategies to support teachers in building a positive learning identity when many students like him self believe they are “stupid, crazy, and lazy”; he outlines a strengths based approached the gives teacher concrete idea on how to scale students strengths and build contextualized learning pathways; and he explores the power of student teachers connections and relationships as the foundation of transformative learning environments. And through all of this, Jonathan celebrates educators as change agents and education as a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.

No handouts for this session. 

 

9:50 - 10:50 Concurrent Sessions (101)

101A: Self-determination 

Presented by: Dr. John McNaught, Co-Director, TTAC, James Madison University

101A Session Description & Handouts

101B: Raising Expectations for Students with Significant Support Needs (Part 1)

Presented by: Dr. Kara Halley, MSU Denver and Dixie Periman, MA.Ed. 

101B Session Description & Handouts

101C: Preparing for Assistive Technology Beyond High School
(formerly Assistive Technology – Transition Strategies and Resources)

Presented by: Christa LeGray, Christa LeGray, MA CCP-SLP, Research Instructor and AT Specialist with the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver 

101C Session Description & Handouts

11:15 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions (102)

102A: Student-Led IEPs 

Presented by: Dr. John McNaught, Co-Director, TTAC, James Madison University

102A Session Description & Handout

102B: Raising Expectations for Students with Significant Support Needs  (Part 2)

Presented by: Dr. Kara Halley, MSU Denver and Dixie Periman, MA.Ed. 

102B Session Description & Handouts

102C: Teaching Self-Advocacy and Conflict Resolution to Request and Negotiate Accommodations

Presented by: Dr. Debra Holzberg- UNC Greensboro

102C Session Description & Handouts

1:00 - 2:00 Concurrent Sessions (103)

103A: Culturally Responsive Practices

Presented by Dr. Regina Lewis, Reginaspeaking, LLC.

103A Session Description & Handouts

103B: Engaging Parents in Secondary Transition Planning

Presented by Ann Wilson, RSA/Shrift Connector, PEAK Parent Center, and Parent Panel

103B Session Description & Handouts

103C: EBPs-Study Skills and Organization

Presented by Dr. Debra Holzberg- UNC Greensboro

103C Session Description & Handouts

2:20 - 3:30 Team Planning 

The institute provides an opportunity for AU/District teams to engage in rich data and content discussions. Teams will reflect upon last year’s transition-action plans to determine their progress in meeting last year’s goals. Teams will use the transition programming tool, district and school-based data as well as post-school outcomes data to systematically evaluate strengths and needs of current transition programming. Teams are provided the opportunity to engage with content experts to answer questions on a variety of transition-related topics. These data and content discussions will lead to the development of an action plan to address identified needs.

Contact a Content Expert

Content Expert (PDF)

3:30 - 3:45 Closing Session


Agenda Friday, June 11, 2021

8:15 - 8:30 Welcome / Sign In

Updates & Overview of the Day 

8:30 - 9:30 General Session

200: A Path to Pride and Success

Presented by LeDerick Horne

Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability who was able to graduate from college with a BA in mathematics. LeDerick will introduce participants to a framework designed to help students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies for helping students reach their transition goals will be shared as well as advice on helping students develop positive relationships in school and the adult world. Participants will also have an opportunity to hear some of LeDerick’s performance poetry related to these topics.

Session 200 Handouts

 

9:50 - 10:50 Concurrent Sessions (201)

201A: Engaging Agencies to Improve Student Outcomes: Sequencing of Services (Part 1)

Presented by: Katie Oliver - Colorado Department of Education; Cheryl Carver- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Jennifer Stewart- Colorado Office of Employment First

201A Session Description & Handouts

201B: Disability, Race & Identity

Presented by: LeDerick Horne

201B Session Description & Handouts

201C: CTE Leverages Creativity and Growth Mindset to Try to  Make Virtual Learning Awesome

Presented by Lauren Jones, Marta Osuna & District Panel

201C Session Description & Handouts

11:15 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions (202)

202A: Engaging Agencies to Improve Student Outcomes: Sequencing of Services (Part 2)

Presented by: Katie Oliver - Colorado Department of Education; Cheryl Carver- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Jennifer Stewart- Colorado Office of Employment First

202A Session Description & Handouts

202B: Systems Working Together:  PWR, ICAP, IEP, Graduation Guidelines and Students with Disabilities

Presented by: Robin Russel, Grad Guidelines Manager, CDE; Lauren Jones, CTE Program Director for Special Populations, CCCS; Gina Herrera, SSN Specialist, CDE; and District example

202B Session Description & Handouts

202C: Using Assessment to Write Rigorous Annual Goals to Improve Student Outcomes

Presented by: Kacy Little Owl, Transition Coordinator, Weld Re8/3J School District

202C Session Description & Handouts

1:00 - 2:00 Concurrent Sessions (203)

203A: College Inclusion in Colorado

Presented by: Dr. Christi Kasa – Professor, Director, Office of Inclusive Services, UCCS; Christina Rufatti, Executive Director of GOAL, UNC; and Jen Woegens, Director, Elevate Program, ACC

203A Session Description & Handout

203B: Application of Graduation Guidelines - Capstone

Presented by: Robin Russel, Grad Guidelines Manager, CDE & Presented by: Erin Coy, Integrated Services Coach

203B Session Description & Handout

203C: Progress Monitoring: Are My Students Meeting Expected Outcomes?

Presented by: Kacy Little Owl, Transition Coordinator, Weld Re8/3J School District

203C Session Description & Handouts

2:20 - 3:30 Team Planning 

The institute provides an opportunity for AU/District teams to engage in rich data and content discussions. Teams will reflect upon last year’s transition-action plans to determine their progress in meeting last year’s goals. Teams will use the transition programming tool, district and school-based data as well as post-school outcomes data to systematically evaluate strengths and needs of current transition programming. Teams are provided the opportunity to engage with content experts to answer questions on a variety of transition-related topics. These data and content discussions will lead to the development of an action plan to address identified needs.

Contact a Content Expert

Content Expert (PDF)

3:30 - 3:45 Closing Session


Additional Information

Additional details and information to registrants: TBD

AU transition action plans need to be updated by: TBD

Zoom links and handouts provided to registrants: TBD


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