On July 12, 2019 Patricia Hozella, Interim Director of the PA Bureau of Special Education (BSE) released a memo titled Indicator 13: Effective Transition Practices. The memo states that, in response to the accountability requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 Part B State Performance Plans, the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and Intermediate Unit transition consultants will be providing sustained professional development for targeted LEAs. The targeted professional development addresses the development of effective secondary transition programming for students with disabilities. This professional development series includes: coordinated student, family, and agency involvement; implementation of activities and services for students ages 14-21; and writing coordinated, measurable, annual Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals that will reasonably enable students ages 14 and above to meet their postsecondary outcomes. Additionally, the training will address how secondary transition planning affects graduation and dropout rates for students with disabilities. The requirements for each LEA assigned to the 2019-2020 Indicator 13 training are as follows:
- Develop an administrative team to support the targeted training and technical assistance process. The administrative team is required to attend a webinar on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Administrative team members will need to register in advance for this training through the PaTTAN website.
- Assemble a local implementation team responsible for attending all subsequent training sessions, which will include IEP pre-reviews with the PA Indicator 13 checklist, as well as working with Intermediate Unit and/or PaTTAN staff to develop and implement a local training plan for the 2019-2020 school year. The local implementation team should consist of the following personnel: special education directors, building principals, transition coordinators, special education teachers, speech language therapists, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and other LEA staff involved in secondary programming. The local implementation team should also include active engagement of career and technical education staff.
- LEA will name a lead contact person to complete an interview/survey regarding effective practices for secondary transition as facilitated by an Intermediate Unit and/or PaTTAN consultant.
- LEA staff will participate in IEP post-reviews following scheduled training.
For questions concerning the Indicator 13 training for 2019-2020, please contact: Hillary Mangis, Educational Consultant at PaTTAN-Pittsburgh, at 800.446.5607 ext. 6878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following LEAs are assigned: Brownsville Area SD, Canon-McMillan SD, Pittsburgh SD (targeted schools), Avonworth SD, Carlynton SD, Hampton Township SD, North Allegheny SD, North Gate SD, Propel CS – Braddock Hills, Propel CS – Montour, Sto-Rox SD, Karns City SD, Mohawk Area SD, Neshannock Township SD, Reynolds SD, Millcreek Township SD, Northwestern SD, Wattsburg Area SD, Clarion Area SD, Oil City Area SD, Redbank Valley SD, Valley Grove SD, Franklin Regional SD, Southmoreland SD, Ferndale Area SD, Forest Hills SD, North Star SD, Somerset Area SD, Austin Area SD, Bradford Area SD, Coudersport Area SD, Galeton Area SD, Bald Eagle Area SD, Centre Learning Community CS (5-8), Clearfield Area SD, State College Area SD, West Branch Area SD, Central Fulton SD, Forbes Road SD, Littlestown Area SD, Northeastern York SD, South Western SD, Tuscarora SD, Cocalico SD, Columbia Borough SD, Conestoga Valley SD, Elizabethtown Area SD, Exeter Township SD, Hamburg Area SD, Kutztown Area SD, Muhlenberg SD, Newport SD, Shippensburg Area SD, Susquehanna Township SD, Susquenita SD, Benton Area SD, Line Mountain SD, Millville Area SD, Northeast Bradford SD, Northern Tioga SD, Southern Tioga SD, Sullivan County SD, Dallas SD, Hanover Area SD, Dunmore SD, Lakeland SD, Montrose Area SD, Scranton SD, Easton Area SD, Nazareth Area SD, Wilson Area SD, Palmerton Area SD, Panther Valley SD, Whitehall-Coplay SD, Centennial SD, Quakertown Community SD, Agora Cyber CS, Jenkintown SD, Lower Merion SD, Pottstown SD, Souderton Area SD, Souderton CS Collaborative, Coatesville Area SD, Renaissance Academy CS, Radnor Township SD, Ridley SD, ACT Academy Cyber CS, Ad Prima CS, Christopher Columbus CS, Esperanza Cyber CS, SD of Philadelphia (targeted schools), Rochester Area SD, South Side Area SD, Homer-Center SD, and Shenandoah Valley SD.