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TIG Times Newsletter - May 2017

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Spotlight News

Get to Know Wisconsin PROMISE!

Contributed by Kristin Rolling, DVR

The goal of Wisconsin PROMISE is to improve services for youth Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families.

Services provided through Wisconsin PROMISE can help youth participants achieve better education and career outcomes, including:

  • graduating from high school ready for college and a career,
  • completing postsecondary education and job training, and
  • obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting.

As a result, youth participants can achieve their goals and move toward a stronger financial future.

Wisconsin PROMISE will enroll 2,000 youth (between the ages of 14-16) receiving SSI and their families. Families who participate in the study will receive two $15 gift cards.

A computer will assign participants to one of two groups based on chance, like a lottery.

  • 1,000 youth and their families will be randomly assigned to the “program group,” enrolled in Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) services, and offered a variety of activities.  These activities include exploring career and education opportunities, help finding a job that matches their interests and abilities, help achieving education goals, and counseling on benefits and personal finances. Youth and their families in the program group will receive a computer tablet (a choice between two options) and data plan. Supports and services will also be available to family members.
  • 1,000 youth and their families will be in the “usual services group” and continue to access the typically available services and supports. They will not receive any extra benefits.

Eligible youth and families will receive letters notifying of grant eligibility and enrollment information. Wisconsin PROMISE Intake Coordinators (PICs) located around the state will be available to assist youth and families with the enrollment process.

Youth and their parents or guardians may complete the enrollment materials at home by downloading them from the Wisconsin PROMISE website or contacting us by phone or email.

Online Enrollment Materials - www.promisewi.com/enroll

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the enrollment materials, you may contact us by telephone at 1-855-480-5618 or by e-mail at promise-grant@cesa12.org.

PROMISE case management will be led by a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) case manager and activities related to PROMISE will take place outside of the school setting. Schools are encouraged to assist in sharing information about PROMISE with students and families. General information can be found at www.promisewi.com.

Schools will not be notified if a student is eligible to participate in PROMISE, enrolls in PROMISE or of their assigned group. If the student is assigned to the ‘program group,’ the student/family will be encouraged to notify the school. A parent/guardian will be required to sign a written release of information with both DVR and the school so that school staff can collaborate with the student’s PROMISE support team. Teachers and other appropriate school staff are encouraged to participate in their student’s PROMISE support team meetings whenever applicable.

For questions related to school district involvement with PROMISE, please feel free to contact:

Suzan Van Beaver
PROMISE Grant Department Liaison
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
Direct Phone: (608) 267‐9168

Articles Of Interest

2014 Statewide Transition Academy: College and Career Ready!
Contributed by Pam Jenson, TIG Project Coordinator

TIGIt is the Transition Improvement Grant’s mission to provide professional development to educators, youth, families and transition partners to ensure every child graduates, college and career ready!

This year’s Statewide Transition Academy will be held on October 17th, 2014, at the Wilderness Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. The Academy will assist in ensuring we prepare our students for life after high school by teaching them the skills and knowledge they will need for transition success. This year’s welcome will be presented by Carolyn Stanford-Taylor, Assistant State Superintendent, followed by a Keynote with Stevie Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love. Stevie will share the story of how he fell in love with life. Through the highs and lows of adventuring through his life with a disability, running a business and forging his path in the face of adversity and tragedy, he tells a tale of inspiration and strength unlike any other. Check him out at http://www.3elove.com/

Sessions for this day long event will include: Technology in Transition, Mental Health Disclosure and Testimonials, Trauma Informed Care, Improving Opportunities for Employment, Agency Collaboration, College Transition, Post High Outcomes, Youth Apprenticeship, ACT Suite, Self Advocacy, PTP Practices, Building Responsive Classroom Communities, School Based Enterprise, Transition Tools, Creating a Meaningful Day, Self Reliance, Transition to Adult Health Care, Youth and Parent Presentations and much more!!! The presenters of the event include: DPI staff, high school educators, college staff, state and agency staff, parents and youth. The target audience for this event includes: Agency Providers, Transition Coordinators, Directors of Special Education, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Administrators, Parents and Youth.

Family, Youth and Professional Tracks Available!

Questions regarding the Transition Academy may be directed to Pam Jenson at pamj@witig.org.
There is no cost for this event, but you must register – please register at http://www.witig.org/event-details.html?id=1485

Best Practice Reminders - Utilizing Course Options
Contributed by Brian Kenney, TIG Southern Regional Coordinator

There have been many questions in regards to Course Options and how it relates to students with disabilities and courses that would meet the guidelines. Here are a few helpful hints to remember when discussions at IEP meetings might revolve around Course Options.

Resident districts can deny Course Options applications if the requested course does not satisfy high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33. If the district chooses to apply these criteria, the course must meet the district requirement for awarding high school credits. If the course does not earn college credits, it could still be allowed under Course Options but would not be considered a dual credit course.

  • If a student completed a placement test to potentially enroll in a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and was told they needed to complete remedial coursework as part of their program of study due to scores not meeting prerequisites, the district could deny applications to take such courses under Course Options if they believe the courses would not satisfy a high school graduation requirement under s. 118.33. The WTCS does not allow high school students to complete remedial coursework nor do they award any credit for any remedial courses that are being completed.

Note: Any accommodations granted to a student will be approved by the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) and not by the high school. Any accommodation plans that are approved and involve any kinds of supports or services within them, would be at the expense and responsibility of the high school to ensure they are being provided.

  • There are no actual provisions in the Course Options statute requiring that students receive credits for the courses taken. Students could take a course for high school credit only, college credit only, or no credit at all. A district could choose to deny a course that does not satisfy a high school graduation requirement, but they could also approve such a course.

If you are interested in learning more about dual enrollment opportunities for students with disabilities, please join us on Monday October 20th, from 3:30 - 5:00 for our monthly webinar on dual enrollment.  Kevin Miller, Dual Enrollment Consultant with the Department of Public Instruction and  Brian Kenney, Transition Improvement Grant Southern Regional Coordinator will present creative ways of improving postsecondary outcomes utilizing dual enrollment. To register for this event and for more information, please go to: http://witig.org/event-details.html?id=1625.  


Preparing Students for the Post School Outcomes Survey
Contributed by Jenny Jacobs, TIG Post School Outcomes Outreach

PSOThe 2014 Post School Outcomes survey data will be available for districts to use after October 15, 2014.  If your district is in self-assessment during the 2015-2016 school year please prepare your current students for the survey by showing the YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2GkiSdJCt4 and explain the purpose and process of the survey to students and their families.  Keep student contact information up-to-date so that you will be able to find your students one year after the students exits your district.  There are resources specifically for special education teachers located on the Wisconsin Post School Outcomes website at www.wipso.org.

Self-Advocacy Curricula - Oh My!
Contributed by Brenda Swoboda, TIG Western Regional Coordinator

SelfLooking for lessons to use with your self-advocacy instruction? Well, look no further as we have some fantastic resources for you through the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) website – those you can use right away or those you can request training on!

Nicole Paulson, from DC Everest Middle School, shared her Weebly with us: Difabilities: A Self Advocacy and IEP Curriculum for Students. Nicole shares access to an entire curriculum on self-advocacy, IEP education for students, and transition information and activities for students. Check out her great work here: http://difabilitiesawareness.weebly.com/

Released last year, in book form, is our “A New Way of Thinking Guide”. This guide was created to be used with students to learn about who they are, their disability, and to change the negative perceptions they may have about themselves. Users can contact their local TIG Regional Coordinator for a copy and also access the training module for the guide here: http://www.witig.org/a-new-way-of-thinking.html

The Opening Doors to Self-Determination is also available now for students to download and fill out electronically. Setting and achieving goals helps students grow. Knowing their strengths and addressing their weaknesses is important as students prepare for life after high school. As students move through school and toward adulthood, they go through a process of considering who they are and who they wish to become. What kind of work would they like to do? What will they need to do to pursue this work? What living arrangements do they envision? What education, training, and services will be available to them along the way? Students can work with counselors, parents, and teachers as they work with this resource. You can download this resource here: http://witig.org/wstidata/resources/self-determination-english-fillable_1409758661.pdf

Last, but certainly not least, is the curriculum “On Becoming a Self-Advocate”. This curriculum is available as an in-person and day long training. This rigorous curriculum was developed by Lisa Hebgen, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to increase student self-advocacy skills and post school success. Lisa has partnered with the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) to bring the curriculum into more Wisconsin schools. To request this training in your area, please follow this link: http://www.witig.org/request-training.html

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