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Spotlight News

New Website – Same Great Transition Info

In May 2014, the Transition Improvement Grant launched a new website and new web address www.WiTIG.org.  The site contains the same great warehouse of resources providing information to educators, youth and parents regarding best practices in transition planning to improve postsecondary college and career readiness.  Visit a detailed description of the changes to the website on our Homepage Detail page.  We invite users to contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have via the feedback feature on the www.WiTIG.org website or by emailing info@witig.org

Articles Of Interest

Great Things in Store for 2014-2015

The Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) has many changes in store for the 2014-2015 school year!

  • New website, new look-view our website at www.WiTIG.org for amazing resources and transition information.
  • Summer is a great time to reflect on the year and begin planning for the next school year. TIG is here to support you throughout the summer with your PTP and transition needs.
  • Professional development opportunities are available at your fingertips for districts, agencies, parents and youth. Simply click on the “request a training” button on our website and view a variety of trainings in the area of transition (trainings can be offered at your location), join our webinars, or view our modules at www.WiTIG.org. Offered new next year will be monthly Transition Tech Talks as well as a variety of new professional development opportunities and new topical webinars. Stay tuned for more information.
  • The TCN meetings will change from Transition Coordinator Network meetings to the Transition Collaboration Network meetings. All individuals interested in transition are welcome. The TCN meetings provide updates from our agency partners, what’s new-up and coming in transition planning and valuable networking time with individuals vested in successful transition outcomes. TCN meetings will continue to be at no cost.  Register at the TIG Calendar of Events.
  • The Statewide Transition Academy will be held on October 17th at the Wilderness Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. New to this year’s Academy is a parent and youth track! The Academy will be filled with dynamic learning experiences, effective transition materials and examples, inspiring projects and stories and great networking opportunities.  All at no cost to attendees. We are excited about these changes and hope you will join us in the celebration to increase transition planning for all youth!  Register for free at the TIG Calendar of Events.
  • The Transition Improvement Grant is pleased to announce a new addition to our grant. Jen Bourget will be joining our team as of August 18th, 2014. Jen will support serve as the CESA 1 Urban Transition Coordinator with a Statewide focus on Culturally Responsive Practices. As the grant adds a new TIG Coordinator, some of our current TIG Coordinators will change locations. Assignments will be as follows:
    • LaNae Jabas will now be supporting CESA 5 and CESA 6
    • Brian Kenney will support CESA 2 and CESA 3
    • Brenda Swoboda will continue supporting CESA’s 4, 10 & 11
    • Kathy Tuttle will continue to support CESA’s 8, 9 and 12
    • Mary Kampa will remain as our Statewide Post School Outcomes Coordinator
    • Jenny Jacobs will continue as our Statewide Post School Outcomes Outreach as will as provide PTP support to CESA 7 districts.

We look forward to our ongoing work with all transition stakeholders to increase outcomes for students with disabilities in Wisconsin. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact Pam Jenson-TIG Project and Data Coordinator at pam.jenson@cesa2.org or 608-921-1400.


Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy Scholarship Winners Selected!

Congratulations to Kyle Herbrand of Sauk Prairie High School and Breanna Wiggins of Morse-Marshall Gifted and Talented School on their being awarded a Transition Academy Scholarship for 2014 in the amount of $1,000.00.  In total, 184 graduating students submitted applications for the two scholarships available in 2014.  Kyle and Breanna provided compelling stories that showed a high level of self-advocacy, a great deal of personal transition planning and promise of future academic success.

Kyle and Breanna's winning entries can be viewed on the Transition Improvement Grant website.

A silent auction will begin at the Transition Collaboration Network Meeting on Thursday, October 16. 2014 (5:00 - 8:00pm) and will continue through the 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy, Friday, October 17, 2014, and the proceeds will be used to fund 2015 Transition Academy Scholarships.

Gearing Up for a Great Transition Academy 2014

Planning has begun for the exciting new Youth and Parent tracks at the 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy.  Representatives from the Transition Improvement Grant, the Let's Get to Work Grant, the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Iniative (WSPEI), WI FACETS, Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Madison Area Technical College, along with representatives from the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and  Aging and Disability Resource Centers have joined together to offer information and hands-on activities to engage, educate and excite youth, families, professionals and educators about transition planning.

Plan to join us now for this FREE event by registering at the Transition Improvement Grant website.

Seeking Sectional Presenter Proposals for 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy

Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy is the single-best opportunity for transition-minded youth, parents, community members, agencies and educators from around the state to immerse themselves in information, strategies and resources related to transition planning to increase successful postsecondary outcomes. Attendees have enjoyed exploring model programs, hands-on workshops and guidance in best practices in supporting students who are transitioning to college, career and independent living, ages 14-21.  All at no cost to participants.

The academy is looking for innovative, effective practice presentations to engage youth, parents, educators and/or agency professionals in the area of transition.  If you have an idea for a topic presentation related to transition, submit a proposal  to the Transition Improvement Grant.  Academy offers sessions 75-minute and 3-hour in length.  Deadline for submission of proposals is September 12th, 2014.

Transition Collaboration Network (TCN) Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Wilderness – Glacier Canyon Lodge
45 Hilman Rd., WI Dells
TCN Meeting is FREE to attend, but everyone must register at TIG Calendar of Events

(Transition Collaboration Meeting being held the night before 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy.)

Post School Outcomes Updates
Contributed by Jenny Jacobs, TIG Post School Outcomes Outreach with Mary Kampa, TIG Post School Outcomes

There are currently 16 Predictors, and in the last four newsletters we presented the first four Predictor categories that focused on Career Choices, Work Preparation, Networking, and Delivery of Instruction.  The fifth and final cluster of Predictors focus on Personal Competence Skills, which includes self-advocacy/self-determination, self-care/independent living skills, social skills, and community experiences.

Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination – This includes the ability to make choices, solve problems, set goals, evaluate options, initiative to reach one’s goals, and accept the consequences of one’s choices.

  • Activity: Utilize a student driven IEP process to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate self-awareness, goal setting, problem solving, and self-advocacy.
  • Resource: A New Way of Thinking

Self-Care/Independent Living Skills – These are the skills necessary for management of one’s personal self-care and daily independent living, including the personal management skills needed to interact with others, daily living skills, financial management skills, and the self-management of healthcare/wellness needs.

  • Activity: Conduct ongoing assessment of self-care/independent living skills to evaluate levels of skill attainment, maintenance, and generalized use of skills in other settings.
  • Resource: Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

Social Skills – Includes behaviors and attitudes that facilitate communication and cooperation (e.g. problem solving when engaged in a social interaction, body language, speaking, listening, responding, verbal and written communication).  

 Community Experiences– Activities occurring outside of the school setting, supported with in-class instruction, where students apply academic, social, and/or general work behaviors and skills.

Contact us for additional information or training opportunities.
Mary Kampa, maryk@wsti.org , 715-416-0609
Jenny Jacobs, jennyj@wsti.org, 920-617-5630

Now Hiring - Transition Improvement Grant Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) Administrative Assistant
Location: CESA 2 (Whitewater)
Brief Job Description: Provide administrative assistance and support to all TIG grant staff to include but not limited to: Assist with data collection and reporting responsibilities Prepare/review grant materials, including print, emails, reports, PowerPoint presentations and webcasts Work with grant staff and DPI to ensure the secure transfer of data Assist with the development of new tools and resources Work with the fiscal agency accounting associate to process purchase orders, receipts, travel arrangements, and order materials Ensure all grant documents and products follow the Grant Product Review procedures as outlined in the NOFA Maintain/update all grant websites using content management system Provide technical assistance and support to statewide grant staff Assist with coordination of grant events Assist with event planning (registration, location determination, ordering meals, etc.)
Education/Experience: 3 years of experience providing administrative support to office staff (Associate's degree preferred).
Skills Required: Excellent writing and proofing skills. Ability to create and/or review a variety of print and online materials: e.g. brochures, professional reports, correspondences. Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Articulate, email. Ability to effectively communicate with WI DPI staff ,TIG grant staff, school personnel, parents, other grant personnel. Ability to work independently, maintain communication with partners, and complete follow-up in an accurate and timely manner.
Ability to travel in Wisconsin as needed for statewide meetings. Background includes a familiarity with Special Education. Has experience with website content management systems.

Apply via WECAN -job id 15733
Can also be viewed at 
Job Center of Wisconsin
UW Whitewater Website and
Blackhawk Technical College website

Application Deadline: June 25, 2014

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