Managing the Transition Process Kyrene Special Education Parent Advisory Council (KSEPAC) January 8, 2015 Elementary to Middle and Middle to High School Kyrene Special Education Shari Dukes Director of Exceptional Student Services Cindy Walters Special Education Teacher Specialist
Lori Conroy Special Education Teacher Specialist Tempe Union High School District Special Education William Santiago Director of Special Education Transition Thoughts The purpose of a smooth transition is to ensure that the student begins the new year in a new school with all the necessary supports in place to allow him/her to be
successful. Provide a high quality experience for each student and their family. Make appropriate transition plan for each student. Process To ensure student success, new school staff needs to be made aware of the students needs and the necessary support(s) the student requires. Articulation meeting between current and new school special education teachers
Discuss student strengths and needs Recommendations No IEP decisions are made Special Education Eligibility Special Education services continue Student may have a 3 Year Re-evaluation to update assessment information in current school Same related service options (OT, PT, Speech) per IEP decision Educational services may look different Unique to High School Post-secondary Transition Plan
Transfer of rights at age 18 Graduation Requirements Transition Process IEP meeting Aug-Dec: begin discussions about new school program Dec-May: IEP meeting or addendum Discuss new school options Include service times on IEP May include middle school resource teacher
Re-Evaluation IEP and/or Re-Evaluation due in August Should be done in spring of 5th grade or 8th grade by current school or district Open Enrollment (OE) Elementary to Middle School If a student is OE at an elementary, granted OE for feeder middle school, no application necessary If a different middle school, has to apply for OE OE is different from Least Restrict
Environment (LRE) placement Open Enrollment (OE) Middle School to High School OE for TUHSD is separate from Kyrene OE in Kyrene does not automatically mean OE in TUHSD OE policy is on TUHSD website Need IEP with Application Based on capacity at school Enroll at home high school while waiting confirmation Hold off transition meeting or sharing of information until OE acceptance
Deadline for application is February 1 Transition Steps (HS) Students attend high school transition meeting Students and parents fill out and submit required high school registration paperwork Students and parents attend high school open house. Transition Thoughts Power in Partnership Communication is critical
Home and school Current staff and new staff Trust All parties have the students best interests in mind Process If things arent working-revisit Adjustment period Differences between Elementary and Middle School All Students
5 different classes and teachers a day 68 min in a class (60 min on Wednesday) Academic Lab (30 min/4 days) Transitioning between classes
Homework Electives Lunch! No Recess Extracurricular activities Students with Special Needs LRE option General Education Co-Taught Pull Out Resource Language Arts
Math Extended Resource In other classes based on students needs Differences between High School and Middle School
Location Size Classes choices, age variability, requirements Expectations (homework, behavior, credits) Responsibility (need to step up to the plate) Resource Support - varies Peers tolerance of behaviors Access to teachers
Seeking assistance self advocacy Extracurricular activities (no pass, no participation) Security Zero Hour and 8th hour Movement from one grade level to the next State and District Tests Graduation Requirements Twenty-Three credits must be successfully completed in the areas listed below to graduate from Tempe Union High School District Schools. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
English 4.0 credits Mathematics 4.0 credits Science 3.0 credits World History and Geography 1.0 credit American/Ariz. History 1.0 credit
U.S./Ariz Government 0.5 credit Economics 0.5 credit Health Education 0.5 credit
For more information about class offerings, specific programs and course fees please refer to the Tempe Union High School District course catalog. Students IEP Team will determine the level of competency required to meet Arizona State Standards in reading, writing and math. Resources (varies by school) Study Skills Class Math and Spanish Tutoring National Honor Society Tutoring Teacher Appointments/Office Hours Drop Out Prevention Coordinator Learning Lab Homework Lab Guadalupe Liaison
Math Lab Freshman Boot Camp High School Nuts & Bolts Typical Schedule Electives Core Extra Curricular Open Enrollment Process High School Offerings High School Course Offering Booklet Required Courses
Course of Study Pre-requisites Regular Education/Special Education listings EVIT (East Valley Technical Institute) Extra Curricular Activities Clubs Students with disabilities are more likely to transition successfully if: They establish meaningful relationships with faculty and staff Feel connected to their school Establish meaningful relationships with peers
Establish goals make a connection between the here and now and their future Know and understand their disabilities and how to compensate for them. Parent Information All Tempe Union High Schools will be holding an open house for middle school students and their families on January 12, at 6:00pm. Questions
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