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1 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping Kelli Crane, Ph.D. Marianne Mooney, Ph.D. TransCen, Inc. DCDT Conference October 24, 2003

2 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Purposes of Session Highlight Secondary Education and Postschool Outcome Data Highlight Secondary Education and Postschool Outcome Data Identify National and State Secondary Education and Transition Issues Identify National and State Secondary Education and Transition Issues Define Community Resource Mapping Define Community Resource Mapping Outline the Roles Intermediaries Play Outline the Roles Intermediaries Play Introduce the Community Resource Mapping Process and Tools Introduce the Community Resource Mapping Process and Tools

3 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Postschool Outcomes Still Poor Despite efforts made by many concerned stakeholder groups over many years, research reveals poor postschool outcomes for youth with disabilities in many target areas such as postsecondary education, employment, independent living and self-sufficiency, community participation, and self-advocacy.

4 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Postschool Outcomes Still Poor (cont.) Predominant themes from studies over two decades: Lower than desired academic achievement levels Lower than desired academic achievement levels High dropout rates High dropout rates Substantial levels of unemployment and underemployment Substantial levels of unemployment and underemployment Economic instability and dependence (poverty) Economic instability and dependence (poverty) Social isolation Social isolation Low levels of participation in postsecondary education and training programs Low levels of participation in postsecondary education and training programs High adjudication rates High adjudication rates

5 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 The National Perspective on Transition Issues Providing access to a full range of secondary education curricular options and learning experiences Providing access to a full range of secondary education curricular options and learning experiences Developing transition-driven IEPs that are person-centered and positive Developing transition-driven IEPs that are person-centered and positive Conducting accurate assessments (achievement and other skills) Conducting accurate assessments (achievement and other skills) Having flexibility in diploma options for youth who do not pass mandatory state tests Having flexibility in diploma options for youth who do not pass mandatory state tests Providing youth and their families with transition information Providing youth and their families with transition information Improving collaboration among diverse agencies that play roles in secondary education and transition Improving collaboration among diverse agencies that play roles in secondary education and transition

6 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 The National Perspective on Transition Issues (cont.) Identifying new funding options Identifying new funding options Making seamless linkages between “youth systems” and “adult systems” Making seamless linkages between “youth systems” and “adult systems” Establishing employer partnerships for work-based learning and employment Establishing employer partnerships for work-based learning and employment Conducting public awareness campaigns Conducting public awareness campaigns Conducting research and evaluation activities that document transition outcomes Conducting research and evaluation activities that document transition outcomes Developing the competencies and qualifications of school and adult service agency personnel Developing the competencies and qualifications of school and adult service agency personnel Streamlining for improved communication and coordination Streamlining for improved communication and coordination

7 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Priority Issues in States* (9/03) State Systems Infrastructure and Leadership State Systems Infrastructure and Leadership Data Collection and Use Data Collection and Use Collaboration (Interagency) Collaboration (Interagency) Professional Development Professional Development Access to General Education, Standards, and High-Stakes Testing Access to General Education, Standards, and High-Stakes Testing Postsecondary Access, Enrollment, Options Postsecondary Access, Enrollment, Options Graduation/Dropout Rates Graduation/Dropout Rates Workforce Development and Employment Workforce Development and Employment Person-Centered Planning (IEPs, self-determination, independent living) Person-Centered Planning (IEPs, self-determination, independent living) Family Involvement Family Involvement *As determined at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Leadership Summit, September 2003, and in follow-up technical assistance to States. For more info, go to

8 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Priority Issues in Our State

9 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Challenges to Collaboration IDEA has no “teeth” – no mandate to bring all the players “to the table” IDEA has no “teeth” – no mandate to bring all the players “to the table” Difficulty anticipating postschool service needs Difficulty anticipating postschool service needs Unenforceable interagency agreements Unenforceable interagency agreements Limited cross-agency communication and resource-sharing Limited cross-agency communication and resource-sharing Differing eligibility and funding for agency services Differing eligibility and funding for agency services Failure to think beyond traditional service systems and partners Failure to think beyond traditional service systems and partners Sustaining efforts Sustaining efforts Turf Issues Turf Issues

10 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 If everyone is doing it, how come it NEVER gets done?

11 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003

12 Resource Mapping: A method used to link community resources with shared visions, organizational goals, strategies, or expected outcomes.

13 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Features of Success  Focuses on assets  Builds relationships  Works across boundaries  Aligns systems and services  Long term; not a quick fix

14 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Types of Resource Mapping Resource Identification Resource Identification Resource Utilization Resource Utilization Community Asset Identification Community Asset Identification Program and Policy Analysis Program and Policy Analysis Accountability and Compliance Analysis Accountability and Compliance Analysis

15 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Possible Mapping Content Financial resources Financial resources Goals and outcomes Goals and outcomes Human resources Human resources Policies and legislation Policies and legislation State academic and technical standards State academic and technical standards Youth and adult services Youth and adult services

16 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Why Map?  Accomplish a specific task or goal (e.g., improve employment outcomes)  Improve the situation for a specific population  Develop a systemic and coordinated approach to transition planning  Improve service delivery  Identify new resources  Determine whether existing resources are being used effectively  Establish cross-agency evaluation and accountability systems  Develop innovative interagency financing strategies  Promote collaborative staff development programs  Work smarter!

17 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003

18 Main Elements of Mapping Clear vision Clear vision Partnership builders and brokers Partnership builders and brokers Benefits for all involved Benefits for all involved Assessment of assets and gaps Assessment of assets and gaps Consensus/willingness to contribute toward a common goal Consensus/willingness to contribute toward a common goal Evaluation and consistent updates Evaluation and consistent updates Achieving more together than alone Achieving more together than alone

19 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Mapping Process Step 1: Pre-mapping/Assessment Step 2: Mapping Resources Step 3: Implementing the Map for Strategic Results Step 4: Evaluation/Mid-course Correction

20 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003

21 All change is difficult, no matter how long you put it off… Joe Marrone Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass-Boston

22 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Intermediaries: Common Characteristics Hold players in a complex and fragmented workforce development system together Hold players in a complex and fragmented workforce development system together Advocate for innovation in workforce development – overcoming existing practices and policy through new partnerships, programs, and priorities Advocate for innovation in workforce development – overcoming existing practices and policy through new partnerships, programs, and priorities Address challenges to better meet the needs of employers, job and skill seekers, and providers Address challenges to better meet the needs of employers, job and skill seekers, and providers Create and support effective collaborations among stakeholders on behalf of youth Create and support effective collaborations among stakeholders on behalf of youth Identify opportunities and mechanisms for aligning and coordinating various community resources Identify opportunities and mechanisms for aligning and coordinating various community resources

23 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Intermediaries: Common Characteristics Provide or broker services by understanding special needs of employers and workers Provide or broker services by understanding special needs of employers and workers Organize multiple partners and funding streams around common goals to develop programs and policies to improve labor market outcomes Organize multiple partners and funding streams around common goals to develop programs and policies to improve labor market outcomes Achieve results with innovative solutions to common, persistent workforce problems – ensuring quality and impact of local efforts Achieve results with innovative solutions to common, persistent workforce problems – ensuring quality and impact of local efforts Promote policies that sustain effective practices Promote policies that sustain effective practices Provide ongoing consultation and accountability Provide ongoing consultation and accountability

24 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003

25 Example Increase the participation of youth ages in structured paid work-site experiences by 50%.

26 Effective Transition Planning through Community Resource Mapping presented by Kelli Crane, Ph.D., and Marianne Mooney, Ph.D., of TransCen, Inc. at DCDT Conference, October 24, 2003 Resources National Center on Secondary Education and Transition: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: McKenzie Group: Search Institute: Center for Youth Development & Policy Change (AED): School & Main Institute:


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