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Knowing your available time and your audience, choose one or many of the dialogue starters below.


Reaction Questions


1.    From your perspective, how and when do school personnel currently involve other stakeholders in the transition process? 

  • Can you give examples from your experience?


2.    Currently, how do school personnel show they are listening to students and family members? 

  • Please give examples.


3.    In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of student-led IEPs?

4.    In addition to demonstrating progress in the state academic standards, what other skills do you believe are important for youth to possess as they transition from school to adult life? 

  • Why are these important for youth?


5.     In your opinion, who is responsible for initiating the “building of bridges”? 

  • Why do you think that person/role is the one with that responsibility?




Application Questions

1.    What can we put into place that will be the most effective in establishing and maintaining relationships among agencies, schools, and students and families to support transition efforts for all students?

2.    What processes/procedures can the district/state put into place that will encourage and support school personnel to engage in active listening with students and family members?

3.    What knowledge and skills are necessary for students to participate effectively in student-led IEPs? 

  • How might our district/state create opportunities for students to gain such knowledge and skills?


4.    What processes/procedures can the district/state put into place that will facilitate addressing and implementing appropriate transition services for all students?

5.    What knowledge and skills are necessary for school personnel to effectively implement transition curricula and services?  How might our district/state create opportunities for teachers to expand their knowledge and skills?



These questions were developed by the following
stakeholders working together within the IDEA Partnership:

 

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  Arizona

Role:  General Education Teacher
Location:  Florida

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  North Dakota

Role:  State Service Agency
Location:  Virginia





The IDEA Partnership, located at the National Association of
State Directors of Special Education, is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs.   2009