Professional Development

Improving Secondary Education and Transition: Professional Development Opportunities

Learn to create transition language that is compliant and meaningful for individualized education programs of students with disabilities. Participate in our customized professional development workshop on site.

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Who Will Benefit

  • State and Regional Administrators and high school principals responsible for implementing and supervising special education programs
  • Special Education Teachers and Service Providers responsible for developing and implementing individualized education programs and special education programs
  • Parents who want to understand the legal and practical implications of transition planning

What You Will Learn

Workshop participants will learn to create transition language that is both compliant and meaningful for the individualized education programs (IEPs) of students with disabilities. Participants will accomplish this through:

  • Exploring transition and post-school outcomes research
  • Understanding the legal requirements for transition service language in the IEP
  • Learning about state and federal compliance monitoring of transition language in the IEP
  • Examining practices for working with culturally and linguistically diverse families
  • Developing relevant, compliant transition plans

Service Details

Our approach to working with school districts is tailored and flexible, with training and technical assistance offered on site or at a designated venue.

Our workshops combine direct instruction about the background and legal and practical implications of transition to adulthood planning for students with disabilities; and hands-on practice writing transition language in the IEP with immediate feedback from peers and the presenter.

Skilled and Experienced Facilitator

Diana Blackmon, a Special Education Training Specialist with WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention, will serve as facilitator. She has developed and delivered hundreds of professional development trainings for administrators, service providers, and families.

Blackmon served in state and local education agencies as a special educator and administrator, and has been acknowledged for the award-winning transition-to-adult-living programs she developed for students with disabilities.

She is the lead author of Transition to Adult Living: A Resource and Information Guide, the primary resource of the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education.

What Makes This Service Unique

A body of research spanning 20 years and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Rehabilitation and Special Education Programs is the foundation for this professional learning.

Findings from SRI’s 2009 National Transition Longitudinal Study, the National Secondary Transition Technical Center, and the National Post-School Outcomes Center are presented and discussed in a research-to-practice format.

Cost

Our approach to working with school districts is tailored and flexible, with training and technical assistance offered on site or at a designated venue.

We design our services around the needs of the district and customize to fit within various budgets. Our standard daily rate is $2,500 per day, which includes consulting services, travel, and materials.

Learn More

To learn more, contact Dona Meinders at dmeinde@wested.org or 916.492.4013.