District and Teacher Resources

The successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities – whether to postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation – is the ultimate goal of educators.

But no matter how you look at it, transition means change, and change can be difficult under even the best circumstances. The transition from school to community, though filled with the hopeful promise of new beginnings, presents a unique set of challenges that must be met with careful, systemic, and individualized planning in order to be successful.

This page contains information for teachers and districts related to resources designed to facilitate the movement of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities.

Kentucky Administrative Regulations Related to Secondary Transition

Additional Resources:

Building Resilience in Children Who Experience Childhood Abuse – Resilience is our ability to thrive even in the face of challenges. The more resilient we are the more we are able to adapt to adverse life situations. While children who face sexual abuse in their childhood are vulnerable to certain mental illnesses, it is by no means the only determining factor.

Disability.gov A redesigned federal Website that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of trusted resources on disability-related issues, programs and services. The site features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation.

Dropout Prevention Practice Guide – This guide from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) is intended to be helpful to high school and middle school educators, superintendents, school boards, and state policymakers as they design and carry out dropout prevention strategies.

Dropout Prevention Resource Guide – The purpose of this guide is to serve as a comprehensive source of effective dropout prevention strategies for educators, parents, and others interested in helping youth in at risk situations stay in school.

IGP Individual Graduation Plan –  An electronic copy of the IGP that districts may choose to use to document the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) requirement for students who have exceptionalities that may prohibit them from completing some (or all) components of the web‐enabled ILP. Please note that schools must mark the Alternative ILP Completion option for students every year that the student completes the ILP in the alternative fashion. For more information concerning the Alternative Completion option now available in the Student ILP, please visit the link below titled ILP Alternative Completion Option.

ILP Alternative Completion Option – Completion of an ILP is required by regulation by the Kentucky Department of Education. Completion data will be collected at the state level through this web-enabled ILP system. Students must complete the web-enabled ILP (or a paper version) every year unless the ARC determines it is not appropriate for individual students to complete. The Alternative ILP Completion option allows teachers and advisors to indicate which students at their school are fulfilling the ILP requirement through alternative means. It is important to note that even if the alternative completion option is selected the student can and should still use all of the resources in the ILP for transition planning.

Special Connections (Kansas University) – Connecting teachers to strategies that help students with special needs successfully access the general education curriculum.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities – From the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this Tool Kit provides up-to-date guidance on designing and implementing high-quality assessments for students with disabilities. The Tool Kit also includes technical assistance products on Assessment, Instructional Practices, Behavior and Accommodations.

Transition Activities in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) – This website provides information about OSERS resources and efforts made to assist youth with disabilities to accomplish their goals.

Postsecondary Education, Vocational Training/Employment and Independent Living/Community Participation Resources

Technical Assistance Centers

Toolkit for Teachers of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities