PROJECT TITLE
Transition Services Professional Development Center

OVERVIEW

Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute will be under contract to provide the Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) from 2015-2020. School districts are required, under federal and New York State law to provide students who have disabilities with appropriate transition services to help the students meet their post-secondary goals for living, learning, and working.

Our current efforts build on our over two decades of work, advancing what works in transition from school to adult life for New York’s students with disabilities and collaborating with the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) Transition Specialists as peers in our shared mission to advance evidence-based practice across New York State.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

The PDSC provides ongoing professional development and reporting support to the State’s Regional Transition Specialists. Topics for development and technical assistance include individualized education program development relating to transition planning, student exit summaries, transition assessments, work-based learning, self-advocacy/self-determination, and partnering with community agencies.

The PDSC provides:

• customized materials for regional specialists;

• systemic collaboration with other NYSED school improvement efforts;

• initial training and support for new regional transition specialists; and

• continual field-based technical assistance, professional development, capacity building, and innovation across all layers of the project.

We also provide a resource and planning website, TransitionSource.org. The site's resources are based on in-school factors that are predictors of post–school success, as identified by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). The design of this State-initiated website ensures all NYS residents statewide access to a multimedia online resource base. The TransitionSource site also hosts an on-line forum and resource maps enabling school districts, agencies, parent centers and others to share transition resources and activities across New York State. Transition Services PDSC continually improves the functionality and quality of the TransitionSource website and is adding additional information and media-based resources to assist school districts as they work to improve transition programs and services.

Through the RSE-TASC Transition Specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:

• individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;

• student exit summaries;

• transition assessments;

• work-based learning;

• self-advocacy/self-determination; and

• partnering with community agencies.

CONTACT INFORMATION

http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/rsetasc/locations.htm

FUNDING AGENCY

New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Nancy Hinkley, David Brewer

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

Parent Network of Western New York