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Title: Working Across States and Stakeholders to Build Interagency Bridges for Youth:

Working Across States and Stakeholders to Build
Interagency Bridges for Youth  The IDEA
Partnerships Interagency Community of Practice
  • Marty Kester, IDEA Partnership at NASDSE
  • Dick McCorkle, IDEA Partnership at NASDSE
  • Alabama State Team
  • Dalee Chambers, Department of Education
  • Linda Hames, Department of Rehabilitation
  • Linda Graham, Childrens Rehabilitation Services
  • Brian Burrows, Local Transition Partnership
  • Arizona State Team
  • Susan Voirol, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • New Hampshire State Team
  • Anne Huff, Parent
  • Emily Huff, Youth Advocate
  • Pennsylvania State Team
  • Michael Stoehr, Pennsylvania Training and
    Technical Assistance Network

Transition Communities of Practice
  • Rationale

Todays Climate
  • Crisis of youth
  • Drop out rates
  • Incarceration
  • Poor academic skills
  • Lack of education and employment.
  • There is a spirit of collaboration in the
    legislation that ensures equal access to
    employment and communities.
  • Interagency transition teams suggested as
    appropriate vehicle for planning and implementing
    transition services for students with
  • Johnson, L., Zorn, D., Yung Tam, B., LaMontagne,
    M., Johnson, S., 2003 DeFur, S., 1997 Repetto,
    J. Weiss, K., 1997

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Transition Communities of Practice
  • Transition teams can be a strong force within
    the community.
  • Their primary purpose is to assess how a
    communitys transition services system works and
    to develop policies and procedures to make this
    system work better.
  • They can identify the best way to meet the needs
    of youth with disabilities leaving the local
    schools within their community.
  • They can promote actions through school boards
    and other governmental entities in areas such as
    policy and funding.
  • deFur, 2002, p. 17

The Spirit of Community We Are In This Together!
  • A way of working
  • Involving those who do shared work
  • Involving those that share issues
  • Always asking who isnt here?
  • A way of learning
  • To create new knowledge grounded in doing the
  • With those who can advocate for and make change

The Knowing and Doing Gap
  • Knowing isnt doing!
  • Practices often do not transfer across
  • Practices often do not transfer across sites
    within the same organization.

Communities of Practice
  • Sharing
  • Supporting
  • Learning
  • Often organized as same level, role, site and/or
  • Creating new knowledge across organizational

Communities of Practice
  • Learning how to move from knowing to doing
  • Translating learning to policy
  • Encouraging investments that will move the work
  • Recognizing the value of all contributions to a
    more complete effective approach
  • Creating new relationships among policymakers,
    researchers, implementers

Communities in States
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Communities in States
  • Alabama

  • ADRS Jointly Funded Job Coaches
  • Local Transition Partnerships Grant
  • Auburn Transition Leadership Institute
  • Student Tracking Survey
  • Alabama Transition Conference

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Jointly Funded Job Coaches
AlabamaLocal Transition Partnerships Grant
  • Project Objectives
  • To establish a Local Partnership Model.
  • To establish Capacity Building Strategies.
  • To extend the Local Partnership Model to other
    Local Education Agencies.
  • To evaluate Systems Change at the Local Level.

AlabamaAuburn Transition Leadership Institute
  • Institute Priorities
  • Preparing highly qualified teachers
  • Evaluating and researching programs and services
  • Continuing education for practitioners and
  • Initiating and developing innovative new programs.

AlabamaLocal Transition Partnerships Grant
  • In-School Version
  • administered to students who are in the 11th
  • Post-School Version
  • administered to students 1 year after exiting
    high school.

AlabamaAnnual Transition Conference
  • Conference Objectives
  • (a) Increase the participant's knowledge of
    transition problems, issues, resources, and
    programs, especially as they pertain to Alabama
  • (b) Expand and strengthen the network for all
    persons interested in Alabama's youth and young
    adults with disabilities who are in transition
    from school to work and community.

Communities in States
  • Arizona

  • Interagency Agreement Division of Development
    (DDD), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR),
    Exceptional Student Services (ESS) and Department
    of Education
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Joint Programming

  • Transition/School to Work Agreement between VR
    and School Districts
  • VR counselor working in the High School
  • Building rapport and networking

  • Successful Programs with a Joint Effort
  • Work Bridge A high school class where students
    gain knowledge, skills, training and employment
  • Youth Employment Training Program (YETP) A
    summer program for students to gain work skills
    and work experience
  • Youth Transition Program (YTP) A class in high
    schools where youth learn life skills, work
    skills and all needed transition services

  • Parent Information Network (PIN)
  • Contractors with Arizona Department of Education
  • Seven parents in AZ run this network All have
    special needs children
  • PIN works with educators, agencies and parents to
    provide information to help folks advocate for
    themselves, remaining neutral at all times
  • Website

  • Giving Voice to the Future
  • 2005 Transition Conference in Arizona
  • September 20-22, 2005

Communities in States
  • California

  • California Transition Summit
  • June 23, 2005

Communities in States
  • New Hampshire

New HampshireGuiding Principles
  • Support and maintain the secondary education and
    transition initiatives that are occurring
    throughout the state
  • Identify effective and evidence-based practices
    occurring on local, state and national level
  • Leverage our secondary education and transition
    initiatives resources
  • Build local community capacity
  • Establish cross partnership connections
  • Interagency partnerships DOE including Special
    Ed and VR, and DHHS (Bureau of Childrens Mental

New HampshireWhat are the benefits from
participating in the Community of Practice (CoP)?
  • We learn about the national initiative and
    perspectives from Office of Special Education
    Programs (OSEP) and National Association of State
    Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
  • Provide unique opportunities for a small state
    like New Hampshire i.e., National Disability
    Mentoring Day
  • We learn expand our learning loop to include
    state to state initiatives and state to other
    agency initiatives
  • The monthly CoP conference calls gives us the
    chance to share our progress with other states,
    as well as learn from one another so that we
    might replicate practices and activities that are
    successful in other states.

New HampshireWhat has been happening as a
result of our participation in the Community of
Practice (CoP)
  • Mentoring Grant
  • Technical Assistance Grant
  • Identified the need to Reach out to Juvenile
    Justice and Division of Children, Youth and
    Families (DCYF)
  • New Hampshire and Pennsylvania Collaboration
  • The Parent Information Center has designated a
    representative to NHs team
  • Thirty-three transition initiatives are currently
    underway in NH. Our CoP is promoting the value
    of collaboration and sharing information by
    submitting articles for publication in
  • Training opportunities are posted on websites

New HampshireWhat are the barriers
  • There is no coordination of transition
    initiatives in the state. Each agency or bureau
    has its own plan. No one agency has been given
    the charge to develop a statewide plan
  • There is no vehicle to help us tap into the
    expertise area of each agency. We are working on
    getting partners at the table to ensure we are
    including all agencies involved with transition
  • There is no central clearinghouse for secondary
    education and transition initiatives around the
    state. We tend to know the initiatives within
    our own area of expertise
  • Each agency does not speak the same language

Communities in States
  • Pennsylvania

PennsylvaniaImpact on Students and Families
  • History tells us that
  • All too often, youth and parents must start over
    after the youth leave schools.
  • Weak link between youth services and the adult
    service system.
  • Fragmented service delivery system.
  • An overlap in service definitions.
  • Multiple funding bases.
  • Varying models of service delivery.

PennsylvaniaImpact on Students and Families
  • Interagency coordinating teams have emerged in
    literature and practice as nucleus of change in
    communities attempting to work collaborative to
    serve children with special needs and their
  • As members of the transition community, it is
    essential to recognize the urgency to work as a
    team with mutual interest in and a shared vision
    of all students to live and work in their
    community as productive citizens.
  • Lehman, C., Hewitt, Clark, Bullis, M., Rinkin,
    J., Castellanos, L., 2002 Wischnowski, M.
    McCollum, J., 1995 Repetto, J. Weiss, K., 1997

PennsylvaniaCompliance to Commitment
  • Over time, we transformed into a project-oriented
    team, by planning cross-system training and youth
    and young adult-focused activities.
  • We developed trusting relationships and used the
    team as a forum to problem-solve around systems
  • We evolved into a transition community of
    practice to promote our shared vision for the
    successful outcomes of youth and young adults
    with disabilities.
  • As a state team, we develop cross-system
    strategies to support the strengthen and expand
    local transition coordinating councils and teams
    impact on youth and young adult outcomes.

PennsylvaniaGuiding Principles How we
Progressed to Make the Changes...
  • Mutual Respect
  • Building networks and relationships across
    "systems" and audiences
  • Valuing one another's perspectives
  • Creating transition strategies and activities
    based upon the bigger picture
  • Building the foundation...collaborate, cooperate,
    and communicate.

PennsylvaniaOld Way of Doing Business
Separate Pages in Separate Books
Dept. of Education
Dept. of Labor Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Policy Regulation Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Service Delivery Systems
  • Assessment
  • Service Planning
  • Service Delivery
  • Program Initiatives Allocation of Resources
  • Data Collection

Dept. of Public Welfare
Dept. of Health
PennsylvaniaThe Shift From Isolated, Single
Agency Activities to Cross-Systems Efforts
PennsylvaniaProfessional Development
Integrated Model
  • Capacity Building Events
  • Training
  • Transfer of Learning in Language of Agency
  • Contextual Framework
  • Eliminate Duplicative Cost of Development and
    Provision of Training

PennsylvaniaTransition Communities of Practice
Communication Network and Support Structure

PennsylvaniaWorking Smart Program
Initiatives Allocation of Resources
  • Parent Education Network (PEN)
  • - PEN's transition activities¬†
  • - Parent involvement in the transition process
  • Bureau of Special Education Mini-Grants
  • - Linked to Team requirements through the

PennsylvaniaWorking Smart Program Initiatives
Allocation of Resources
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition
  • Financial Memorandum of Understanding Funding
  • 24 Types of Cross-system Partnerships in 40 Local
    Program Initiatives
  • 2 Statewide Projects
  • Capacity Building
  • Needs Assessment

PennsylvaniaWorking Smart Program Initiatives
Allocation of Resources
  • Office of Mental Retardation
  • Transition Employment Pilot Coalitions
  • Office of Mental Health
  • Transition Pilot Projects
  • Office of Children, Youth Families
  • Independent Living Grants Growing Number of
    Youth to Serve -- Importance of Developing
    Collaborative Partnerships
  • Dept. of Health
  • Transition Checklist

  • Transition Healthcare Checklist
  • Health Care and Personal Skills
  • Arranging to move from Pediatrics to Adult
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Eligible Programs

PennsylvaniaKeeping up with Growth
  • September 2003 - Started with 7 people including
    parents and 4 agencies
  • July 2004 - Grew to 27 people with 7 families and
    11 agencies-Panel of 9 people representing
    parents and all major systems
  • October 2004 - 9 teams of 9 people were convened
    for 9 presentations across PA
  • February 2005 - Interest has grown in PA systems
    and nationally

PennsylvaniaExpanding our Capacity through the
IDEA Partnership
  • State to FederalFederal to State
  • State to State
  • Professional Development
  • Opportunity to Impact Federal Policy
  • Expanding Youth and Family Leadership
  • Issue Focused Practice Groups

  • Action Strategies for the Future
  • Expand State to Local and Local to State
    Communication Network and Support Structure
  • Agency Driven Cross-Systems Initiatives
  • 4th Annual PA Transition Conference
    Strengthening Transition Achieving Results

  • Action Strategies for the Future
  • Creating Linkages and Focus Among PAs various
    Family Support Groups
  • Further develop Youth Leadership and Self
  • 5 Year Strategic Planning for State and Local

Communities in States
  • Virginia

  • Virginia State Transition Meeting
  • March 14-16, 2005
  • Williamsburg, VA

Communities in States
  • Welcome !
  • Delaware
  • And
  • District of Columbia

The National Community of Practice
  • States
  • OSEP
  • RSA
  • National Organizations
  • AAPD
  • Fiesta Educativa
  • Others
  • National TA Centers
  • Others

Community Activities
  • Focus Interagency and Youth Role
  • Face-face meetings
  • Representative Participation in State meetings
  • Monthly Calls
  • Learning Calls
  • Practice Groups
  • Interagency Participation
  • Youth Role
  • Juvenile Justice, Mental Health and Child Welfare
  • Transportation
  • Activities
  • National Disability Mentoring Day
  • Washington Internships
  • Collaborate with NCSET on the National Summit
  • Collaborate with federal projects and other
    cross-state communities
  • Emerging..

  • Coming together is a beginning, staying together
    is progress, and working together is success.
  • Henry Ford

The IDEA Partnerships Interagency Community of
  • Questions Answers

  • More information on the Interagency Transition
    Community and other Cross-state/Cross Role
    Communities will be available soon at
  • Watch for our web launch
  • or call us toll free at
  • 1-877- IDEAINFo
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