Transition Resources in the 2020-2021 School Year
NTACT is aware that state and local education and service providers are challenged by the current health concerns, closings, restrictions, and fluid reopening plans associated with COVID19. As educators, service providers, students, and families are considering the 2020-2021 school year we expect there will be a continuum, depicted well in this visual from the Council of Administrators of Special Education:
and this visual from the Workforce Innovation National Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC):
Complete closures do not seem likely; but a mixture, nationally, virtual, distanced, flexible schedules, and traditional models in the 2020 - 2021 school year are. In this section of NTACT's website we will continue to provide you with resources regarding:
- Spring/Summer 2020 Guidance and Resources
- Event Recordings and Associated Resources from Spring 2020
- Transition Assessment and Planning
- Instructional Resources for Postsecondary Education Preparation
- Instructional Resources for Employment Preparation
- Instructional Resources for Independent Living Preparation
The resources in this section of the website will be geared toward state agency and local providers providing services in virtual, distanced, or hybrid formats. We think these resources are valuable to planning in any format; however, more traditional resources are available throughout NTACT's website, as you have always found them. As you consider accessing these resources, we know that you will need to consider your state's guidance, your own community's guidance, the mechanisms being used in your school(s), and certainly the individual health, behavioral, social, and learning needs of individual students and their families.
Transition Assessment and Planning Resources
NTACT has identified and gathered resources to assist educators, counselors, service providers, and families in providing instruction and other transition services during this restricted period of access to schools and community. A full list of reources is available, as well as resources specific to assessment and instructional planning.
A PBS feature regarding the challenges for some families during this period of time - tips and ideas included!
Updated resources from the Regional Educational Laboratory Program - Appalachia - focused on transition resources.
Transition Focused Instructional Resources
NTACT has hosted 4 webinars focused on the provision of transition focused education during this time while many students are at home, with limited access to school and their communities. Captioned recordings from each webinar are available below and in other sections of this portion of NTACT's website. You may also continue to engage in online discussions regarding the webinars at this link and click on any of the recent Ask the Expert events.
The Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) through the Council for Exceptional Children has hosted 2 "Town Hall Discussions: Transition in the Cloud". Resources that have already been collected are posted at this link on DCDT's website, www.dcdt.org. On Monday, May 11, 3:00 PM (Eastern) join DCDT regarding the use of apps and gaming to deliver transition services. Register here. Then, on Monday May 18, 3:00 (Eastern) join DCDT for resources on youth engagement and self-determination. Register here Finally, on Tuesday, May 26, 3:00 (Eastern) the DCDT Town Hall will focus on Community Mapping. Register here.
Resources for serving youth in the juvenile justice system during this period of time - from the National Juvenile Justice Network and the American Youth Policy Forum.
- Resources and Sample Transition-Focused Activities - No-Tech to High-Tech
- Choice Boards-Final (1).docx
- Participant Version - March 24 NTACT Webinar - 3.24.20-FINAL.pdf
- Q&A_Stay At Home Resources_Webinar
- Supporting Young Adults With Online Social Engagement (see webinar recording from 4-21-2020)
- Postsecondary Education Preparation
- Employment Preparation
- Community Engagement/Independent Living Preparation
Employment Preparation Focused Instructional Resources
NTACT's April 7 webinar - co-presented by Michael Stoehr (NTACT) and Brenda Simmons (WINTAC) focused on the provision of one of the Pre-Employment Transition Services - Work Based Learning - during a time when students have limited access to their communities. Collaboration and new strategies are necessary. The resources below are intended to provide guidance for families, local practitioners, and the administrators who support them to provide meaningful work-based learning experiences for students and youth during the unusual period of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
In addition to Guidance above, the Workforce Innovation National Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and hosting an FAQ on its site, focused on employment services for individuals with disabilities.
Resources Specifically Focused on Students with Complex Support Needs
NTACT, WINTAC, and Y-TAC hosted a webinar on April 14 focused on this topic. Resources for the webinar are below. Discussion on this topic may be continued on the Transition Coalition website. Some of the resources shared for this webinar are copyrighted material. These are provided as examples, models, and portions of full curricula and other resources for purposes of information sharing and knowledge development.
Additional resources related to supports for students with complex needs will also continue to be added to this section of NTACT's website.
Webinar for Direct Support Professionals during COVID-19 - National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals
- April 14 Webinar PowerPoint file
- April 14 Webinar PDF file
- April 14, 2020 - Q&A_and Related Resources_Strategies & Resources Students with Complex Support Needs.pdf
- 1. FIN - Parent-Virtual-Tips-SWD (1).pdf
- 2STOP-_1 (1).DOC
- 3. COVID-19 AND SOCIAL INSURANC.pdf
- 4. Revised Strategies & Resources in Distance Learning 4-14-20 NTACT Webinar.pdf
- 5. Pictorial Interest Inventory (1).pdf
- 7PHONE_1 (1).PDF
- 8. Chores Activities & Visuals (1).pdf
- 9. First-Then PIX.com Board Example (1).pdf
- 10HCTR_1 (1).PDF
- 11SAMP_1 (1).PDF
- 12FIVE_1 (1).PDF
Online Instruction Resources and Tips
Many K-12 schools, universities, and professional development providers of transition-focused personnel are moving to online instruction now and in the next few weeks. Below are a few resources to guide this process. NTACT is aware of the increased security/ privacy concerns through online learning and meeting platforms. While NTACT cannot provide legal guidance to your agency, below are some updated resources which may be useful.
Distance Learning Resources for Educators and Families (all grades - can select age/ grade/ subject of interest)
From NTACT's Q&A Document:
- One of my schools states that they aren't allowed to do group video chats with students due to privacy and seeing in the homes, etc. Perhaps exposing who has an IEP and 504 to other students?
- I love some of the tools for students to use remotely. What are your suggestions regarding getting information to students while being mindful of confidentiality of students with disabilities? Is information being emailed?
- Does facilitating online learning via group "hangouts" (similar to a webinar) violate student confidentiality?
- US DOE Privacy Office_Virtual Learning_March-2020
- No-tech to High Tech Resources.pdf
- Compilation of Resources for Online Instruction of Transition-Age Students
- Best Practices for Educating Online by eLuma CEC.pdf
- Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction_ 10 Tips for Educators.pdf