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The New VAC. From Ideas to Practice. Beth Powell, Program Coordinator North East ISD; San Antonio, TX. VAC – Why do we have it?. Is VAC moving the student toward their post-secondary goals? Is VAC preparing students to enter the work force or post-secondary education?

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The new vac

The New VAC

From Ideas to Practice

Beth Powell, Program Coordinator

North East ISD; San Antonio, TX


Vac why do we have it

VAC – Why do we have it?

  • Is VAC moving the student toward their post-secondary goals?

  • Is VAC preparing students to enter the work force or post-secondary education?

  • Is VAC a form of dropout prevention?

  • Is VAC an administrative convenience?


Ground truth

Ground Truth

  • The number of students in VAC is decreasing.

  • Districts can not afford to designate a teacher to work with 8-20 students.

  • VAC teachers are being asked to do other duties such as teach or co-teach.


Its all in the data

Its all in the Data

  • Participation in the VAC program.

    • Historically

    • Current

    • Potential

  • Are students in VAC passing TAKS?

  • Are students in VAC passing their classes?

  • Are students in VAC coming to school?


Connections

Connections . . .

  • Is the VAC employment moving the student toward their post-secondary goal?

  • Is the student successful in their job?


Departmental collaboration

Departmental Collaboration

  • Remember least restrictive?

  • Remember all kids are general ed first?

    • Special Ed-based programs aren’t the only options out there.

      • What about Career Tech co-op programs?


Designing the plan

Designing the Plan

  • Create a team

  • Consider the regulations

  • Review the current program

  • Explore other districts’ programs

  • Create a plan that will impact students

  • Maintain what is working . . .

    while moving forward


The process

The Process

  • The proposal

    Special Ed Director

    CTE Director

    Executive Staff

  • Human Resources

    Job Description

  • Final Approval

    The Board

  • Implementation

    Campus Principals

    Special Ed Campus Coordinators

    Teachers – Special Ed and CTE

  • Training

  • Follow-up


Transition teacher vac

Transition Teacher -- VAC

  • Co-Teach in Career Prep class(es)

  • Visit job sites – VAC & Career Prep

  • Coordinate Compliance – Ind. 13 & 14

  • Coordinate WBL & CBVI sites


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned . . .

  • VAC is still appropriate for some students

  • Students are finding success in Career Prep

  • Transition teachers who were VACs find value in this position

  • Compliance monitoring is time consuming

  • CBVI has become a large part of the process


The process continues

The Process Continues . . .

  • collaboration with CTE to ensure inclusion of Special Ed students

  • collaboration with campus administration and transition teacher to ensure program integrity

  • provide professional development

  • monitor the program to ensure that it leads to students’ post-secondary goals


The new vac

Beth Powell

Program Coordinator

210-407-0273

[email protected]


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