Virtual Transition Academy

Thank you for attending the 2022 Transition Summer Academies. Below you will find a copy of the schedule, recordings, and additional resources with supplemental information for many of the sessions.


Virtual Transition Summer Academy Live Schedule

Welcome 9:00-9:15

Session 1 9:15-10:05

Collaboration Among Vocational Rehabilitation, Pre-ETS, and Transition Teachers

Attendees will explore the similarities and differences in service delivery for Pre-ETS, VR, and classroom teachers and schools. A panel of experts will discuss collaboration amongst these three systems to explore ways to increase your collaborative relationship on behalf of students with disabilities transitioning into adulthood.

Session 2 10:05-11:00

Pre-Employment Transition Services Sequencing Guide

This session will provide an in-depth overview of the Pre-ETS Sequencing Guide. The guide supports providers and instructors in identifying a student’s current progress, tracking activities, and individualizing services categorized under each of the five required Pre-ETS. We will also be providing strategies for incorporating this tool into your instruction and discuss how using the guide enhances services being delivered to students.

Lunch/Pre-Recorded Session 11:00-12:00

Attendees can use this time to view an available pre-recorded session of their choice.

Session 3 12:00-12:50

To Tell the Truth- Understanding the Myths about Working and Disability

The successful transition of students with disabilities from school is a major initiative for federal agencies including the Social Security Administration (SSA).   Many of your students may be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Title II Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB).  Unfortunately, how Social Security disability benefits may be impacted is seldom understood and/or considered during the formal transition planning processes.  The Benefits to Work presenter will help you understand SSA’s work incentives which serve as valuable resources during transition from school to adult life.

Session 4 12:50-1:50

Opportunities for Postsecondary Education

This session will cover the benefits of postsecondary education, TN diploma pathways, postsecondary education opportunities, and how students’ rights and responsibilities change in postsecondary education. A panel of representatives from universities, colleges, TCATs, and inclusive higher education programs will answer questions about how to prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education.

Session 5 1:50-2:50

Job Development and Employment

During this presentation, we will discuss ways to develop and facilitate meaningful work experiences for your students by collaborating with local employers to identify and create job opportunities.  Representatives from the Virtual American Job Center will discuss strategies to connect students to employment.

Closing 2:50-3:00

Pre-Recorded Sessions

These sessions will be available beginning July 14th

CTE and Special Educator Collaboration

In this presentation, Alison Gauld from the TN Department of Education will discuss how special educators and career and Technical education (CTE) teachers can collaborate to improve in- and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Creating Student Led Transition-Focused IEPs

This session discusses the research-based benefits of student involvement in the IEP process from assessment to participation in the IEP meeting, including case studies of two students and ideas of how to involve your students throughout the transition-planning process. We’ll also share helpful materials to facilitate the inclusion of students of all levels in this process. A panel of area special educators will also discuss how they involve their students in the IEP process.

Person-Driven Planning in Pre-Employment Transition Services

This presentation will explore how incorporating Person-Driven Planning enhances the Pre-Employment Transition Services you deliver to students. Person-Driven Planning is about ensuring students’ preferences, interests, needs, and strengths are the driving force for setting goals and building skills for their future.

Community Resource Mapping

Learn how to use Google My Maps to help your students create a personal community resource map that can be used while in high school and after they graduate. Three levels of instructor and student guides will be shared along with PowerPoint presentations that can be used for transition instruction.

Hands on Opportunities in the Classroom

Hear from Tennessee special educators as they share examples of hands-on experiences, they provide students. We will also be discussing specific ways for students to develop their employment skills, explore postsecondary education options, and increase their independence.

Providing Pre-ETS to Students with Complex Support Needs

This presentation will explore research-based instructional practices to use with students, particularly those with complex support needs. We will discuss and share examples of how to set goals and objectives, incorporate prompting, and evaluate student performance while delivering pre-employment transition services.