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West Virginia Achieves Professional Development Series. Volume XXI. Effective Student Transitioning Pre K to Post Secondary. West Virginia Department of Education Mission.
Effective Student Transitioning Pre K to Post Secondary
The West Virginia Department of Education, in conjunction with the Regional Education Service Agencies and the Office of Performance Audits, will create systemic conditions, processes and structures within the West Virginia public school system that result in (1) all students achieving mastery and beyond and (2) closing the achievement gap among sub-groups of the student population.
“Perhaps the greatest idea that America has given the world is education for all. The world is entitled to know whether this idea means that everybody can be educated or simply that everyone must go to school.”
CULTURE OF COMMON BELIEFS & VALUES
Dedicated to “Learning for ALL…Whatever It Takes”
To assure that all students receive the support they need to achieve proficiency in the WV Content Standards and Objectives and that all parents (guardians) are treated as valued partners in their child’s educational process.
Segment 2: Transition from Elementary to Middle School and Middle School to High School Segment 3: Transition into Post-SecondarySegment 4: Transition: Special Education and the Law Appendix: Facilitator Notes
School ImprovementStudent/Parent SupportEssential Question (EQ)Why is it important for a school district to develop effective transition programs that promote high student achievement and post secondary success?
“Most important for the transition process are the relationships- those between children and teachers, parents and teachers, children and their peers, and children and their parents.” Kamna Raj
Circle of Support
“Well my parents told me it would be different. I would have to watch myself…grades…picking fights.”“Sixth grade is like kindergarten, like starting all over again.”Comments made by 6th grade students. Middle School Journal
“Transitions Are a Shoe-In”Divide into two groups (middle and high school) and read transitioning articles.Ask participants in each group to prepare a plan of transition using the tennis shoe as your organizer.Share your plan with the other participants.
-Bring middle and high school educators together
-Provide social support
-Provide students and parents information
Reflecting Through Your Transition PlanningDo you remember… the fear of getting lost, arriving to class on time, remembering your locker combination (better yet where your locker is located), the order of your classes…
National Commission on the High School Senior Year
What are the major changes between IDEA 1997 and IDEA 2004 regarding transition services for exceptional students?
“Key Provisions on Transition,
IDEA 1997 Compared to H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004)”
Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child is 16, and updated annually thereafter – appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills;the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.
Transition Services: a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
The Diamond Reflection