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Transition Tidbits September 13, 2021

Welcome back, everyone. Hopefully, you had a great summer and are off to a great start to the 21-22 school year. As we mentioned at the Regional Transition Network, each month our resources will focus on one of the 5 areas of the Taxonomy of Transition Programming. The 5 areas are; Student Focused Planning, Family Engagement, Program Structures, Interagency Collaboration, and Student Development. For September, we will be focusing on Student Focused Planning.

Student Focused Planning Resources

  • Ohio’s AATA Library 

    • This resource was shared last year as well but it is such a great collection of assessments that it was worthwhile to share again. This library is a great collection of assessments that can be used to collect PINS data on students in order to achieve Student Focused Planning. 

  • Transition Assessment Toolkit 

    • Another resource was shared last year as well. Again, there are so many great resources to collect a student’s PINS in this document that this was also worth resharing. 

  • Zarrow Center Transition Assessments

    • Many of you know of all the great resources that are available through the University of Oklahoma’s Zarrow Center. This link will link to multiple assessments that can be used to determine a student's self-determination. As you know, self-determination becomes a huge part of being successful in a student’s post-school options. 

  • Empathy Maps

    • This is a very short video about Empathy Maps. While Empathy Maps may not seem like a direct link to Student Focused Planning, you will know how you can use these or adapt these maps to focus on a student’s PINS. These maps also show that we need to focus on all the student’s needs, including those SEL needs. This can also be a great way to get to know your students and use this data to differentiate instruction. 

  • OMJ Skills Match Tool

    • Just a quick video here of how to use the Skills Match tool in OMJ. This tool can be very helpful to take what you know a student is good at and use that information to help direct them towards a career pathway. The Ohio Means Jobs is the website where this tool is housed. 

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