Topical Guides

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




Reaction Questions


1.    Currently in your school or district, what supports and services do school support staff provide to students with disabilities regarding curricular choices?  Regarding behavioral adaptations?

2.    In your opinion, how effective are these current services? 

  • Give examples of what is working well.
  • What do you see as areas where such services can be improved upon?


3.    Currently, what types of information on community resources and services are provided to students and families as transition needs and services are addressed? 

  • Can you think of additional information on community resources and services that would benefit transition planning?
  • If so, what do you suggest?


4.    Currently, what information on career and post secondary options is provided to students and families as transition needs and services are addressed? 

  • Can you think of additional information on career and post secondary options that would benefit transition planning?
  • If so, what do you suggest?


5.    What is the current school building/district process for tracking and reporting student progress toward graduation? 

  • What role do school support staff play in this tracking and reporting of progress?
  • In your opinion, should school support staff be less or more involved?
  • Why?
  • How?



Application Questions

1.    What procedures/practices can we put into place that will enable school support staff to provide quality information and support to the student, family, and IEP team members in making curricular choices and behavioral adaptations?

2.    In order to provide updated information on community resources and services available to students with disabilities and their families, what can we do as a school/district/state?

3.    What processes/procedures can we put into place to ensure that all school support staff have access to the most current information on career and post secondary options?

4.    What can we do to enhance tracking and reporting student progress toward graduation?  


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

Role:  Family Member
Location:  Arizona

Role:  Youth
Location:  Arizona

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  Arizona

Role:  Special Education Teacher
Location:  Delaware





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

Role:  State Education Agency
Location:  North Dakota

Role:  Higher Education
Location:  Wisconsin