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Think College Transition: Developing effective college-based transition services
Presenters: Maria Paiewonsky, Carole Carlson, & Ty Hanson
Description: Many high school programs supporting students with intellectual and developmental disabilities want to move from providing traditional school-based transition services but don’t know where to start or where to find the resources to make changes. In this webinar, staff from the Think College Transition project share information and new resources that resulted from a 4-year collaborative project with three inclusive dual enrollment partnerships. Topics will include recommendations for individualizing transition services, developing formal college-school agreements, communicating college-based transition services to campus and school stakeholders, promoting professional-parent partnerships, hiring and training dual enrollment staff, facilitating effective and relevant professional development and integrating ongoing evaluation activities to sustain the model.

Participants will be able to identify and apply 7 strategies to create college-based transition services:

1. Develop individualized transition services from person-centered planning to academic advising and enrollment; 2. Facilitate a memorandum of agreement between college and school partners to support college-based transition services; 3. Create a marketing plan to communicate the program to key stakeholders; 4. Promote ongoing professional-parent partnerships; 5. Hire and train staff to support college-based transition services; 6. Offer relevant professional development; 7. Integrate ongoing evaluation activities

Apr 10, 2019 3:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D
Project Coordinator and Dual Enrollment Specialist @Think College / Institute for Community Inclusion
Maria uses inclusive research methods with students, transition staff, and college personnel to evaluate postsecondary education initiatives and to develop training and technical assistance materials. She is a transition specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion. Maria’s work includes online course development and teaching, as well as face-to-face training and technical assistance. Her training topics include youth development and self-determination, career development, access to postsecondary education, school-college partnerships, and inclusive research and dissemination.
Ty Hanson, M.Ed
Program Coordinator @Think College / Institute for Community Inclusion
Ty serves as an inclusive higher education specialist and study coordinator for the Think College Transition Project. She has extensive experience working with students with disabilities in inclusive secondary and postsecondary education. Ty has coordinated several federal and state grants designed to create access to college. Previously, Ty coordinated the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative at Holyoke Community College. Her training topics include dual enrollment, person-centered planning, career development, participatory action research, and program sustainability.
Carole Carlson
Training Associate @Think College
Carole provides training and technical assistance to educators and staff involved with the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative. In particular, she is working with college and school district partners in western Massachusetts on developing college-based transition services. Carole also provides training and technical assistance to college programs starting residential supports for their students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.