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California Transition Alliance Nuggets
Strategies, Products and Resources that Lead to Successful Transition

The California Transition Alliance knows that exciting things are happening throughout the state to prepare youth with disabilities for successful transition from high school to adult life.   Do you have a hint, a strategy, a resource you developed or a product you created or would endorse?  Please share them with us so that we can share them throughout the state.  You can submit your California Transition Nugget on the California Transition Alliance website.   (Scroll over the word Nuggets in the header above to submit your "Nuggets")

What is a Nugget?  It is an instructional strategy you tried with youth and it worked! It might be a helpful hint like, "I always ask my students to describe the job they want.  It helps me verify we are talking about the same job and that they know a little bit about it.” It might be a product like a Transition Portfolio or a Senior Project on transition.  It might be a resource like providing industry-based certification training that is based on industry standards.  It might be a program element that works effectively, like a component of a Transition Partnership Program (TPP) program, or a WorkAbility program that engages students in businesses and the community. What strategies do you use to track student outcomes? Do you use data to improve your program? These are just a few ideas - we know you have lots more to share!

 We are looking for Transition Nuggets in these areas:

School-Based Learning:  What do you do in the classroom that prepares youth to transition? Some topics to consider are transition assessments and guidance, instruction using the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education Standards, developing an individualized course of study, project-based and community-based learning, post-secondary career and education planning, identification of individual learning accommodations, and development of life skills.

Work-Based Learning:  What do you do that involves youth in choosing a career and linking them to employment opportunities?  Do you have unique strategies to engage employers and certify students have employment certificates? Do you provide employment support that help youth retain employment? Some topics to consider are the development of soft skills, career development activities that lead to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE), career awareness, career exploration, career research, work-based learning through internships, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, work experience and volunteering, disability disclosure and requesting accommodations, and understanding benefits planning.

Youth Development and Leadership:  How do you help youth develop leadership skills?  Some topics to consider are mentoring programs, self-advocacy skills and conflict resolution, an understanding of disability history, culture and disability public policy issues, communication skills, and self-determination skills or strategies to engage students in leadership opportunities in the classroom, the school and the community, including community service.

Connecting Activities:  How do you help youth become connected to programs, services, activities, and supports that help them access their post-secondary goals?  Some topics to consider are mental and physical health services, transportation, housing, tutoring, financial planning and management, connections to other services and opportunities, including recreation, acquisition of assistive technology, community orientation and mobility training. 

Family Engagement and Supports:  How do you help parents develop the skills to help their children transition?  Some topics to consider are parent training, parent engagement, parent information such as an understanding of the youth’s disability as it relates to education, employment and independent living, knowledge of rights and responsibilities under various disability-related legislation, knowledge of how to access programs, services, supports and accommodations available to their child, and community resource mapping.

Interagency  Collaboration:  How do you develop collaborative relationships with key agencies that provide seamless post-secondary support as youth leave high school? Topics to consider are community-based supports such as independent living centers and support service agencies, including the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), regional centers, colleges, universities, and business partners, the development of local collaborations (or advisory groups), and collaboration and training from intermediary organizations such as the California Transition Alliance.