Transition Questions and Answers
1. What is transition?
"Transition is the process students and their families use to think about life after high school, to identify their desired outcomes, and to plan their community and school experiences to assure that the students acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals." (Virginia Department of Education)
2. Why should transition be important to me?
- Do you want to have a job and earn money when you leave high school?
- Do you want to go to college or attend a trade/technical school when you leave high school?
- Do you want to have your own apartment or live with friends when you leave high school?
- Do you have favorite activities that you would like to continue when you leave high school like singing in a musical group, bowling, hiking or helping in the community?
If you answered “yes” to any of these four questions, then transition planning can help you reach those post-school goals.
3. How can I have a say in what I want to do or be when I leave high school?
Federal law requires that you are to be invited to attend your ARD meeting when transition is being discussed. You are to be a member of the team that develops the plan for your course of study and coordinated set of activities which are included in your individual education program (IEP). Best of all, what you like…your interests, your preferences, and what you do well are a large part of the discussion.
4. What is a course of study?A course of study is a multiple year plan that lists the courses or course content areas that you will take each year in high school. Planning a course of study should begin when you are in eighth grade so that you will be prepared for the courses you will take in ninth grade. Sometimes a course of study may even include courses that will be taken beyond the four years of high school.The purpose of a course of study is to ensure that you have taken the best courses to prepare you to pursue your goals for after graduation from high school. Each year in high school you will be taking courses in English, math, science, and social studies plus other courses required for graduation and those needed to reach your post-secondary goals. For example, if you want to work in the medical field someday, you may need to take specific courses in science and math that will devleop those skills needed for success in college or a medical training program.
5. What is a coordinated set of activities?
A coordinated set of activities is developed during transition planning to help you reach the goals you have set for yourself after leaving high school. These activities are coordinated because they bring together you, your parents, the school and community resources so that you have the right amount of help you need to be successful in your adult life.
6. What are you talking about when you say I should participate in the “development of IEP”?Think about what you like to do, your strengths (what you know and can do), and what you want to be able to do when you leave high school. You should be able to clearly express this information at your ARD meeting to help develop an individual education program that capitalizes on your strengths and preferences while moving toward graduation and preparing you to accomplish the post-school goals for your life.
Click on the following link for more information on the student’s role in the development of the IEP.
7. Could you explain what self-determination/self-advocacy is?Self-determination can be defined in many different ways and applied in a variety of situations. As a student, your self-determination skills are reflected in the way you manage and control your life and the choices that are made for your future. Self-determination and self-advocacy skills enable you to do things like express your thoughts and desires in a variety of situations, make decisions, solve problems, learn how to succeed in an adult world, get and keep a job.
Click on the following links for more information on the student’s role in the development of the IEP.