TDOE and TransitionTN hosted a webcast aimed to enhance educators’ ability to write comprehensive and insightful Summary of Performance documents that reflect the unique needs and accomplishments of students with disabilities, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and supportive educational and postsecondary environment. The webcast covers various aspects, including writing and incorporating tailored educational plans to enhance the student’s ability to understand and explain their current academic and functional performance. This involves providing strategies for effectively communicating a student’s achievements, challenges, and recommendations to being successful across various settings. The goal is to equip educators with practical tools and approaches to create a Summary of Performance that caters to the unique requirements of students with disabilities, fostering their post-school success.

Presenter Bios:
Catherine Bledsoe is the Postsecondary Transition Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. With twelve years of experience in developing a Transition School to Work program, designing Youth Apprenticeships, and improving collaboration between stakeholders to support students’ employment opportunities better, Catherine desires to assist local education agencies in recognizing their impact and ability to drive student performance through implementing high-quality instruction and meaningful transition plans. She believes by leveraging educators’ strengths, we can ensure students remain involved, accountable, and receive equitable opportunities to meet their individualized needs.