CSDE SERC Professional Learning Opportunities Secondary Transition At-A-Glance

The State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the State Department of Special Education (CSDE) is providing a variety of professional learning opportunities for educators/professionals and families. (Those appropriate for parents/families will be identified in the session description.)

All sessions listed below are free to participants. Participants must register on SERC's website. Once registered, a follow-up email will be sent with details on how to sign into the Canvas Course where all materials will be housed.

All events listed will be virtual except the MAPS/PATH Train the Trainer Session.

Date

Time

Session Description

Thursday 11/3/2022

Thursday 12/1/2022

9 AM – 10:30 AM

12:30 PM – 2 PM

9 AM – 10:30 AM

Building a Secondary Transition Assessment Toolkit – Session A

Teams will:

  • Learn about the features of a secondary transition assessment toolkit.

  • Identify gaps within their district’s secondary transition assessment process.

  • Develop an action plan to close the gaps found.

This session requires registration by teams of 3-5 district representatives. It is recommended the team include transition coordinators/specialists, special education teachers (grades 6-12), and other staff responsible for writing transition goals. This session will be offered virtually in three 90-minute sections. The training is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; teams can register for the session that is most convenient.

Monday 12/5/2022

9 AM – 11 AM

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

Families and Educators will:

  • Gather information on the different types of person-centered planning tools and how they can be utilized to inform secondary transition planning.

  • Receive an overview of the Charting the LifeCourse framework.

This session will be offered virtually in two 120-minute sessions. The training is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; individuals can register for the session that is most convenient. Two condensed versions of this session will also be offered in Spanish.*

Martes Diciembre 13, 2022

1 PM – 3 PM

*Spanish Speaking Session

Introducción al Proceso de Planificación Centrada en la Persona (LifeCourse)

Recibirán información sobre los diferentes tipos de herramientas de planificación centrada en la persona (estudiantes).

  • Aprenderán sobre cómo pueden utilizarse para informar la planificación de la transición secundaria.

  • Aprenderán sobre del marco de transición “Charting the LifeCourse”.

Esta sesión se ofrecerá virtualmente de 120 minutos.

Tuesday 1/10/2023

Snow Day Tuesday 1/31/2023

Full Day 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Person-Centered Planning: MAPS/PATH Train the Trainer

District Teams will:

  • Explore the potential of using MAPS & PATH, a person-centered planning tool, to aid in the development of postsecondary and transition goals and objectives for their student.

  • Review the concepts of personā€centered planning, examine the components of MAPS & PATH, and understand the role they can play in developing individualized education programs (IEPs).

  • Become familiar with the process involved with facilitating a MAPS & PATH session.

This Train the Trainer session will be an in-person professional learning experience. This session requires registration by teams of 2-4 district representatives. It is recommended the team include a parent of a student with disabilities, if possible. In order to keep training to one day, we ask that you bring a lunch. You will be given 30 minutes for lunch.

Friday 1/13/2023

Friday 1/27/2023

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Person-Centered Planning: Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse –

Session A

Participants will:

  • Understand the various ways to Utilize Charting the LifeCourse to Support Student Outcomes and Engage Families.

  • Develop individualized meaningful transition experiences and services that remain relevant to, and reflective of, the student's/family's social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Promote Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy to ensure the development of Student Voice.

In this interactive, hands-on session, we will take a deeper dive into Charting the LifeCourse. In order to participate in this session, you must have attended Person- Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse. Once you have registered, a new Canvas link with further details and resources for the session will be sent. Before coming to this new session, you MUST complete and submit the assignment identified on Canvas. This session will be offered virtually in two 120- minute sessions. It is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; individuals can register for the session that is most convenient.

Thursday 2/23/2023

9 AM – 10:30 AM

12:30 PM – 2 PM

Moving Above & Beyond Compliance with Transition IEPs – Session A

Participants will:

  • Identifying compliance, emerging, progressing, and promising practice components of the IEP addressing Secondary Transition Planning.

  • Review activities and resources to promote genuine access to, participation in, and progress in the general education curriculum and community-based settings, while actively supporting the unique needs of a student.

Participants will need to have a hard copy of a student’s current transition IEP. This session will be offered virtually in two 90-minute sections. The training is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; participants can register for the session that is most convenient.

Wednesday 3/1/2023


Wednesday 3/22/2023

9 AM – 10:30 AM

12:30 PM – 2 PM

9 AM – 10:30 AM

Building a Secondary Transition Assessment Toolkit – Session B

Teams will:

  • Learn about the features of a secondary transition assessment toolkit.

  • Identify gaps within their district’s secondary transition assessment process.

  • Develop an action plan to close the gaps found.

This session requires registration by teams of 3-5 district representatives. It is recommended the team include transition coordinators/specialists, special education teachers (grades 6-12), and other staff responsible for writing transition goals. This session will be offered virtually in three 90-minute sections. The training is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; teams can register for the session that is most convenient.

Jueves Marzo, 2, 2023

6 PM – 8 PM

*Spanish Speaking Session

Introducción al Proceso de Planificación Centrada en la Persona (LifeCourse)

Recibirán información sobre los diferentes tipos de herramientas de planificación centrada en la persona (estudiantes).

  • Aprenderán sobre cómo pueden utilizarse para informar la planificación de la transición secundaria.

  • Aprenderán sobre del marco de transición “Charting the LifeCourse”.

Esta sesión se ofrecerá virtualmente de 120 minutos.

Thursday 3/16/2023

9 AM – 11 AM

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Understanding the Transition from School to Adulthood for Students with Autism

Participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge of the transition process to support students with Autism

  • Increase their knowledge and skills in supporting students to develop self- determination, time management/organization, choice-making, problem solving, self-advocacy, and goal-setting skills.

During this virtual professional learning session, Nick Gelbar, UConn Associate Research Professor, will lead participants with utilizing case studies involving students with autism to review the various aspects of the secondary transition planning process. This session will be offered virtually in two 120-minute sessions.

Tuesday 3/21/2023


Tuesday 3/28/2023

9 AM – 10:30 AM

12:30 PM – 2 PM

9 AM – 10:30 AM

Transition for Students with Mental Health Issues

Participants will:

  • Utilize the IEP to evaluate and identify areas for strengthening transition plans for students with behavior/mental health issues

  • Have a better understanding of how to utilize a person-centered process to assist with the development of a transition plan

  • Build capacity to systematically assist student with social skill development and encourage better student transition outcomes.

Participants will need to have a hard copy of a student’s current transition IEP. This session will be offered virtually in three 90-minute sections.

Tuesday 4/4/2023

Tuesday 4/25/2023

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Person-Centered Planning: Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse –

Session B

Participants will:

  • Understand the various ways to utilize CtLC to support student outcomes and engage families, while developing individualized meaningful transition experiences and services that remain relevant to, and reflective of, the

    student’s/family’s social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Promote self-determination and self-advocacy to ensure the development of student voice within the person-centered planning process.

In this interactive, hands-on session, we will take a deeper dive into Charting the LifeCourse. In order to participate in this session, you must have attended Person- Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse. Once you have registered, a new Canvas link with further details and resources for the session will be sent. Before coming to this new session, you MUST complete and submit the assignment identified on Canvas. This session will be offered virtually in two 120- minute sessions. It is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; individuals can register for the session that is most convenient.

Friday 4/28/2023

9 AM – 10:30 AM

12:30 PM – 2 PM

Moving Above & Beyond Compliance with Transition IEPs – Session A

Participants will:

  • Identifying compliance, emerging, progressing, and promising practice components of the IEP addressing Secondary Transition Planning.

  • Review activities and resources to promote genuine access to, participation in, and progress in the general education curriculum and community-based settings, while actively supporting the unique needs of a student.

Participants will need to have a hard copy of a student’s current transition IEP. This session will be offered virtually in two 90-minute sections. The training is scheduled twice during the 2022-2023 school year; participants can register for the session that is most convenient.

COMING SOON!

Self-Paced Canvas Module

Six-Part Secondary Transition Webinar Series

This webinar series is a self-paced module for educators to review all the specific components surrounding secondary transition planning. The individual modules include:

  • Secondary Transition Overview & Regulations

  • Secondary Transition Assessments

  • Writing Goals & Objectives

  • Strategies & Resources for Supporting Postsecondary Education/Training

  • Strategies & Resources for Supporting Employment

  • Strategies & Resources for Supporting Independent Living Skills

This is an ideal series for new educators in the field of secondary transition, especially our middle school teachers just starting transition planning with their students. It is also an ideal way for seasoned transition teachers to keep updated on best practices within secondary transition. This webinar series is presented on Canvas to allow for discussions and the sharing of the best practices that are occurring across the state.

Thursday 10/27/2022

Thursday 1/19/2023

Thursday 3/9/2023

Thursday 6/1/2023

9 AM – 11 AM

9 AM – 11 AM

9 AM – 11 AM

9 AM – 11 AM

Connecticut Transition Community of Practice (CoP) Meetings - VIRTUAL

The Connecticut CoP will bring multiple stakeholders together to collaborate and share ongoing postsecondary transition information, resources, activities, and events in a centralized location that is accessible to all students, families, and statewide transition teams. The resources will assist students, families, and others in making informed decisions to achieve personal success including education, meaningful employment, self-sufficiency, and community access and involvement.

Registration Flyers will be sent out on Canvas and to the CoP membership list one month prior to the meeting detailing the topic and presenters for each session.

Tuesday 12/6/2022

Tuesday 4/4/2023

Tuesday 5/9/2023

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Connecticut CoP Transition Tuesdays Sessions - VIRTUAL

In addition to the four 2022-2023 CT Transition CoP Meetings, we are offering three additional virtual opportunities to bring stakeholders together to collaborate and share transition information, resources, and activities related to various components of secondary transition planning.

Registration Flyers will be sent out on Canvas and to the CoP membership list one month prior to the meeting detailing the topic and presenters for each session. Please note the flyer will contain a Zoom registration link. You do not register for Transition Tuesdays sessions on the SERC website.

Tuesday 2/7/2023

Tuesday 2/14/2023

Tuesday 2/28/2023

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 4 PM

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

CT’s 8th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium:

My Goals, My Future, My Life!

The 8th annual symposium, being held virtually, will build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to improve secondary transition planning and services. There will be presentations specific for Families, Students, and Educators. Youth voice and leadership are vital; please make plans to have your students attend!

The Registration Flyer outlining event details will be shared once presenters have been confirmed.

To register for these and other CSDE/SERC events, please go to https://ctserc.org/events.

Registration questions: please contact Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, 860-613-7472, or johns@ctserc.org

Content questions: please contact Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, 860-740-4278, or wrigley@ctserc.org