Updates for Spring 2021

April 21, 2021

Welcome to spring!

As we wander out of the confines of the winter and the pandemic, we have some work to do! 

It is time to review our accomplishments and challenges and determine how we can improve our practices to better meet the needs of our students, families, colleagues, and communities. Much has happened over the past 12 months, and this has resulted in a call for change.

Our eyes have been opened to the inequity of our systems. We have learned the importance of essential workers and how they support the health and welfare of our communities. We have discovered that our mental health and well-being are more fragile than we thought. We have experienced heartache and loss and learned to adapt and persevere. We have tried new technology and discovered how it can be used effectively, and how we view our interactions differently through the screen. And so much more!

With our shared experiences, new knowledge, new perspectives, and opportunities to reflect, we can use the spring to make plans and projects that will positively impact the lives of the youth with whom we work. Use your new learning to contemplate changes that you can make. Recognize that the workplace is changing, and the work we do in schools needs to keep up with the changes. Explore new ways to create opportunities for your students, and embrace the change! 

Best,
The CCTS team

sprouting plants with quote: Spring is the time of plans and projects -Leo Tolstoy
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2021 Post-School Survey (2019-20 leaver year)

The annual survey is open June 1-November 1, 2021

If you are involved with this year’s survey, be sure that you have an active account in the TSF2, CCTS’s secure data collection platform. If you have questions about your account, contact your District Manager or email ccts@seattleu.edu.

TSF2 users with Leaver Verification user role will have access to their Leaver Survey Lists in May, prior to the survey opening. Stay tuned for an email when the Leaver Survey Lists are available to review and verify.

Updated training Module 1 (Intro to the Post-School Survey) and Module 2 (TSF2 Basics) can be accessed from the Post-School Survey Guidance for Educators page on the CCTS website. Additional training modules will be added in the coming weeks.

Save the Dates:
Virtual Transition Forum June 21-24, 2021

Voices of Change: Practicing Inclusive Pre-Employment Transition Services

With keynote speaker Judith E. Heumann­, International Disability Rights Activist

CCTS, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), invites you to join us for our first virtual transition forum, Voices of Change: Practicing Inclusive Pre-Employment Transition Services.

Voices of Change seeks to highlight innovative and intersectional approaches to preparing students with disabilities, including those with IEPs and 504 plans, for postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.

Featuring live and on-demand speakers, panels, and networking events, this is an opportunity to expand our collective vision of transition services and best practices. Washington state adult agency staff, educational staff, administrators, parents and caregivers, and youth with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to attend.

Thanks to DVR’s sponsorship, there are no fees to register. Eligibility restrictions apply.

Visit www.cctsForum.com for details

Upcoming Online training

CCTS trainings are live-captioned and ASL-interpreted.

IPP Seminar 3: Designing the Change

April 22, 2021; 3-4:30 p.m. PT

Guided by a panel of professionals in the field, participants in this seminar will work through the Managing Complex Change process and design a plan to increase inclusionary practices. Teams of special education and CTE instructors are encouraged to attend together.

This is the culminating seminar of the 2020-21 CCTS Inclusionary Practices Project, focusing on increasing inclusionary practices in general education and partnerships between Special Education and Career Technical Education (CTE) classrooms.

Participation in previous IPP seminars is not a requirement to attend. For your reference, presentation materials from Seminars 1 and 2 are available on the CCTS Inclusionary Practices Resources page.

Register for Seminar on 04/22/2021 - Designing the Change

DVR/ESD Aligning IEP and HSBP

May 4, 2021, 3-5 p.m. PT

The High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) is a graduation requirement for every student in Washington state. It's a process for students, parents, and teachers to guide students through high school and think about their future. Plans are personalized and designed to help students set, visualize, and work to achieve goals.

The IEP has a similar component in the transition plan that has postsecondary goals and transition services to provide the student with skills necessary to reach those goals.

In this DVR-sponsored workshop, the alignment of the HSBP and IEP will be discussed with the focus on best practices.

Due to funding, participation is limited to Washington state DVR and school district staff only.

Register for DVR ESD Aligning IEP and HSBP on 05/04/2021

IPP Third Thursday – Planning for Next Steps

May 20, 2021; 3-4 p.m. PT

With this year ending and the beginning of next year in sight, what is your plan to increase inclusive efforts in your classroom, your school, your district? How will you develop, or enhance a culture of inclusion? What structures need to be put into place? What skills need to be developed? Is there a practice you want to implement? Join us for an informal conversation to share your strategies and learn from the best practices of other educators. Teams of special education and CTE instructors are encouraged to attend together.

Register for IPP Third Thursday on 05/20/2021 - Planning for Next Steps

Transition Foundations: Asynchronous Online Training

Transition training materials are available in self-paced, online formats. Each training includes a workbook and a series of PowerPoint modules that can be reviewed individually or with a group (recommended).

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