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2020-2021 Virtual Professional Learning Options

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! The Transition Improvement Grant is looking forward to working with our transition partners in the coming school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of learning for both students and staff. TIG is excited to offer a series of professional learning opportunities this Fall in a variety of formats, easily accessible to transition staff and partners when it best fits their ever changing schedules. Below you will find more details about TIG’s virtual learning and networking opportunities for the 20-21 school year. School district staff and transition partners may also be interested in joining our Welcome Back Transition Roads webinar on Tuesday September 15, 2020 from 3:30-4:30pm. Visit the events page to register for any of the events listed below. Contact your regional TIG coordinator with questions.

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Postsecondary Transition Planning (PTP) 20-21 Training Options

Join us for the new school year to learn about developing a meaningful PTP and best practice transition planning to practice tools! Participants can choose a self-paced option or to engage in a virtual training with a year-long Professional Learning Network to further enhance knowledge and create connections among new educators in the state.

Training OptionDescription
PTP UW-Whitewater/TIG Canvas CourseA self-paced option for professional development on the PTP and the work of the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG).  This option will take users approximately 8-10 hours and can be supported through a TIG Coordinator for your region. This support entails virtual calls and email support, if needed, as you navigate the course. 
PTP Virtual Training with TIG Staff & Transition TalksThis option will provide training for participants via the virtual platform of Zoom facilitated by TIG staff and engage in monthly transition talks throughout the 20-21 school year.

Training Dates:
Option 1 – August 12th from 12-3pm
Option 2 – September 23rd from 12-3 pm
PTP UW-Whitewater/TIG Canvas Course & Transition TalksUsers can complete the course on their own time and engage with the monthly Transition Talks throughout the 20-21 school year.
Transition Talks

All Transition Talks will be hosted from 3:30-4:30pm via Zoom.
October 8, 2020 – Family Engagement and the Wisconsin Transition Planning App
November 12, 2020 – Transition Assessments 
December 10, 2020 – Measurable Postsecondary Goals
January 7, 2021 – Pre-ETS/Transition Services 
February 4, 2021 – Outside Agencies 
March 11, 2021 – Annual IEP goals and Course of Study 
April 8.2021 – Age of Majority/Transfer of Rights
May 6, 2021 – Summary of Performance (SoP)

Webinar Series

All webinars will be hosted from 3:30-4:30pm via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

Webinar TopicDescriptionDate(s)
Welcome Back Transition RoadsWelcome to the 2020-2021 school year! The TIG Team is excited about the opportunity to work with you. This is uncharted territory for us all, and as you are preparing your district re-entry plans, we are doing the same to assist educators and students with transition planning. The Transition Improvement Grant is committed to providing support to the state to conduct universal, targeted and intensive work. We invite you to join us for this webinar to learn more about how the Transition Improvement Grant can support educators and transition partners.9/15/2020
Guiding Your CCoT to Success – Let’s work smarter, not harder!This four part series was created to guide CCoT teams through the process of Reviewing, Revitalizing, and Rebranding to meet student transition needs in your community.  Join us as we navigate through the process of reflecting on current structures, resources, goals and outcomes. We invite CCoTs to join these sessions and work through the activities as a team, based on the concept of shared leadership.09/23/20
Family Engagement SeriesYouth and family involvement in the transition planning process are crucial components of a successful plan. There will be 3 separate webinars to address various aspects of family engagement at the elementary, middle school and high school (secondary) levels. Join us and other families to discuss critical issues relating to transition at each stage of your child’s life. 
8-9 PM

Middle School
8-9 PM

8-9 PM 
Indicator 14 and Special Ed Transition Incentive Grant Funding: Increasing Positive Post School OutcomesJoin TIG’s Statewide Indicator 14 Coordinator and the new Northern Regional Coordinator to learn more about the 2020 Indicator 14 Post School Outcome Survey. This three part series will focus on the most recent survey data, comparisons to 2019 data and how to effectively utilize Transition Incentive Grant funds to increase positive post school outcomes for students with IEPs.11/10/2020
Self Advocacy Suite Webinar NetworkingThe TIG Self-Advocacy Suite now includes connections of the curricula to the CCR Anchor Standards, Wisconsin Alternate Academic Achievement Standards, and Social Emotional Learning Competencies! Join us for this two-part networking webinar which will provide an opportunity for questions and answers about the suite, as well as facilitated collaboration around each of the five curricula/resources. This networking opportunity is designed for educators and school district staff, agency partners, families and youth. Join us if you have veteran experience utilizing the suite, or if you simply want to learn more about it!

The monthly Self-Advocacy Suite “Showcase” will provide educators, agency partners, families, and youth with opportunities to learn about recent enhancements, revisions, and navigation within the Self-Advocacy Suite. Watch your email for Showcases throughout the school year!
Visual Resume Training SeriesThe transition of youth into integrated community settings for paid work experience can require unique supports and specialized services between school districts and agencies. Networking and collaboration with employers in your community will create meaningful paid work experiences and increase post high school outcomes and prepare students to graduate college and career ready. Creating visual resumes capture a youth’s true passions, interests and desires as they relate to their postsecondary goals for education and training, employment and independent living. It allows potential employers to see youth in action; significantly increasing their chances for employment opportunities. Visual resumes engage the student in the job seeking process in a fun and productive way.10/1/2020
PTP Coffee TalksGrab a coffee and join us to network and talk informally about the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) and your experiences this year with completing meaningful transition plans. This time will be spent to answer questions about the PTP, troubleshoot any difficulties you are experiencing with navigating the platform and/or to simply provide guidance on transition planning. These sessions are a follow-up to the PTP trainings that were held on August 12 and September 23 but are open to any that create and develop student PTPs.12/3/2020
4/15/2021 – 7:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Middle School MagicNavigating the Transition Story is now open for registration!  The 4-part series will start in February and wrap up in May of 2021. Our guest speaker, Omarina Cabrera, will kick off the event and we will follow up with loving your student data, using the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) in middle school and self-advocacy options for instruction and/or individualized student work.  2/03/2021

Communities of Practice (CoP)

A CoP is a group of people who share an interest or passion and come together regularly to learn, set goals, and improve collaborative practices within their school. Each session will allow members the opportunity to share experiences from the field, acquire new content knowledge, and set goals to implement new practices that will improve student outcomes. Attendance at every session is strongly encouraged. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, TIG will be offering three Communities of Practice. All Community of Practice meetings will be hosted via Zoom from 3:30-4:30pm CST unless otherwise noted.

Community of Practice TopicDates
Introduction to a CoP9/24/20
Graduation for All10/21/20
Supporting Mental Health in Transition10/27/20
Career and Technical Education (CTE)10/22/20
CoP FinaleTBD, Hoping to see you in person!

Monthly Features

The Transition Improvement Grant releases the latest transition news via monthly features near the bottom of our homepage. Monthly features will also be sent to TIG account users via email. See below for a few examples of TIG’s monthly features. Your regional TIG coordinator is happy to answer any questions or to support your team to utilize information from monthly features.

Self-Advocacy Suite Showcase

The monthly Self-Advocacy Suite “Showcase” will provide educators, agency partners, families, and youth with opportunities to learn about recent enhancements, revisions, and navigation within the Self-Advocacy Suite. Watch your email for Showcases throughout the school year!

Raising the Cap

The Raising the Cap Series allows educators and teams to review the research about increasing graduation rates, participate in a reflective activity, and discover effective practices to put into place to support students with IEPs. Watch your email for a new strategy that will be highlighted each quarter throughout the 20-21 school year!