Strong collaboration between providers and educators contributes to successful post-school outcomes for students. Below are strategies and important questions to ask when building a positive working relationship with educators.

At the Beginning

  • Spend time developing an awareness of each other’s resources and needs
  • Explain any jargon specific to your role
  • Share documents such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, assessments, or provider reports
  • Develop a brief survey to gather information about how Pre-ETS services could support and build on current classroom transition instruction
    • Use Google Forms or Survey Monkey
  • Establish regularly scheduled meetings for ongoing check-ins throughout the school year
  • Discuss how to maintain communication, through emails, phone calls, video calls, texting, and access to shared drives

What questions should I ask?

  • What does a typical work day look like for you?
  • Are you familiar with provider agencies and Vocational Rehabilitation (or VR)?
  • How do you monitor your students’ progress?
  • What transition services are already being offered at the school (such as work-based learning, internships, or mentoring)?
  • Are any students currently working? Or do any students have internships or volunteer?
  • Is the teacher connected to any employers in the community?
  • What do the students’ schedules look like?
  • What is the best way for us to communicate throughout the school year?

Planning Pre-ETS

  • Develop a shared vision for Pre-ETS and build instruction to complement what’s already happening in the classroom
  • Avoid duplicating transition instruction
  • Discuss student schedules to determine the most effective time for Pre-ETS to take place
  • Learn about students in class
  • Communicate frequently throughout the process to assess and improve instruction

What questions should I ask?

  • What would you like students to gain from Pre-ETS?
  • How do we ensure we are not duplicating services? What is already being done in the classroom?
  • What topics should be covered during Pre-ETS?
  • How should we decide what students need in relation to Pre-ETS?
  • When can Pre-ETS occur during the school day?
  • Is there a way for any services to be delivered before or after school?
  • How will we ensure we have met goals?
  • Which parts are each of us responsible for?
  • What should I know about the students I will be working with?
  • Can I see current assessments of students?
  • Are there individualized behavior management plans in place for any students?