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School Districts and Counties in the Grant Wood AEA service area The Grant Wood AEA service area includes… 32 public school districts 22 approved nonpublic.

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2 School Districts and Counties in the Grant Wood AEA service area The Grant Wood AEA service area includes… 32 public school districts 22 approved nonpublic schools 12 nonapproved private schools approximately 250 school administrators approximately 5,800 teachers, counselors, teacher librarians, nurses, and paraeducators 71,096 students* 8,824 children ages 3 to 21 who receive special education services** 242 school board members 7 counties (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington) 4,900 square miles 445,380 population*** Sources: *Certified Enrollment October 2012 **Grant Wood AEA Certified Count Report, October 2012 ***US Census Bureau, 2010 Population Estimates. Online:

3 Background Transition Cadre Established in 2007 with the initial goal of making 100% of the transition IEPs within the Grant Wood AEA service area 100% compliant, 100% of the time. Interagency Stakeholders Group Created on May 2012 – Agencies & Service Providers United Way, Discovery Living, Goodwill of the Heartland, etc.

4 Interactive Navigator A Tool to Access Resources

5 Reasons for the IN Frustrated direct service providers Families not accessing services that were a good fit Unaware of services and funding LEAs unaware of agencies/service providers Simplification Needed a tool to help find agencies or service providers that could meet the needs of each individual student

6 Interagency Stakeholder Planning Group Judy Warth, University of Iowa Melissa Silver, Goodwill of the Heartland Jeannie Blumer, Marion Independent School District Nancy Rife, The Arch Mary McWilliams, College Community School District Jane Wollum, Johnson County Megan Burke-Brunscheen, Grant Wood AEA

7 Partnerships United Way Program Firstcallforhelpiowa.org Iowa Compass Iowacompass.org

8 Interactive Navigator

9 Parent/Student Transition Night

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11 History Outgrowth of the parent special focus group Gather all services under one roof Address the three prongs of transition - Living - Learning - Working Free flowing atmosphere and schedule so that participants can come to all or some of the evening activities Provide all partners in the transition process to be together and share information

12 Recipe for a Successful Parent/Student Transition Night 1 Keynote speaker 1 time schedule 20 Speakers 25 booths 10 Transition Cadre Members 1 School District Partnership Equal parts -Door Prizes -Advertising -Food

13 Keynote Speakers Kent StockMichael KutcherTime will tell

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15 Booths

16 Time Schedule

17 Transition Cadre

18 Partnerships

19 Equal Parts ESCO Group Bucknell Construction BarnYardScreen Printer Pam Brennecke Nikki and Chad Schweizer Expressions-Gift Card Krsek Family Raining Rose Bouslog Insurance KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids Gazette Iowa City Press Citizen Grant Wood AEA - The Linker - The Bulletin Board Kent Stock Splurge Transition Cadre Sandy Lyons Early Bird Grant Wood AEA Linn-Mar High School Student Support Services Blink Photography Community contacts/donors:Media contacts:

20 Encourage parent participation Increase number of events Consider community conversation time Increase sessions from 30 minutes to 1 hour PowerPoints online Info packets with presenter handouts Add information on adult services (military, job corp) Its more than I expected.


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