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Communities of Practice: A Strategy for Program Improvement (August 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
This Information Brief defines Communities of Practice, outlines seven principles essential for development of vibrant Communities of Practice, and offers examples. Further resources are also suggested.

Community Resource Mapping (May 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on understanding, planning, and engaging in the coordination of community resources that support the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Designed for use at the federal, state, and local levels, it provides numerous practical tools and resources for initiating a resource mapping process.

Community Resource Mapping: A Strategy for Promoting Successful Transition for Youth with Disabilities (May 2003)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief introduces a dynamic process for creating synergistic community collaboration among those concerned with youth development, and for maximizing the community's human and financial resources that support youth. The brief includes a detailed explanation of Community Resource Mapping, a list of the benefits of mapping, examples of mapping efforts, whom to contact information for further information, plus related resources.

Creating Environments That Work for All Youth: Increasing the Use of Evidence-Based Strategies by Special Education Teachers (December 2006)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
With a goal of increasing the use of evidence-based practices in special education programs and improve student outcomes, a research demonstration project was developed through a unique partnership of special educators, parents, administrators, and investigators. This brief reports on the method, implementation, and initial findings from this project.

Criando Estudiantes de Postsecundaria con Discapacidades: Convirtiéndose en el Mentor, Abogado y Guía que su Hijo Necesita (March 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Parenting Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs." Este artículo se enfoca en la importancia de la participación de los padres en la transición de High School (preparatoria) a un ambiente postsecundario y proporciona recomendaciones concretas para ayudar a los padres a aprender cómo ser mentores y abogados de sus hijos. Incluye recursos para padres y referencias.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Transition Personnel (October 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This Essential Tool summarizes current research about transition issues and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) youth with disabilities. It also offers information on how transition personnel can effectively support these youth by building on their strengths and enhancing natural supports available within their families and communities. Also included are numerous practical tools, and information on further resources.

Family Expectations and Involvement for Youth with Disabilities (September 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) provides the first national picture of the involvement of families in the educational development of their secondary-school-age children with disabilities. This Data Brief describes family involvement at home and at school, including a comparison of levels of involvement for families of youth with disabilities with those for families in the general population. It also discusses involvement in a school-based activity that is specific to families of youth with disabilities: participation in individualized education program (IEP) meetings. Finally, parent expectations for their children’s attainment of postsecondary education and independence are highlighted.

IDEA 1997: Implications for Secondary Education and Transition Services (July 2002)
NCSET Policy Update
This revision of the National Transition Policy Update from January 2000 presents the regulatory language and potential implications in eleven areas of the 1997 Amendments to the IDEA pertaining to the transition of students from school to adult life. This brief is a great resource for parents, teachers, administrators, and community service providers.

IDEA 1997 Temas de Transición (July 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students." Este artículo explica los requerimientos para la transición bajo IDEA, la composición y funcionamiento del Equipo de Transición del Programa de Educación Individualizada (Individual Education Program—IEP) y los factores especiales a ser considerados por el equipo de IEP. También delinea el papel que juegan los estudiantes, padres, personal de la escuela y personal de la agencia en el equipo de transición del IEP.

IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students (July 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
Explains the requirements for transition under IDEA, the composition and functioning of the Individual Education Program (IEP) Transition Team, and special factors for the IEP Team to consider. It also outlines the roles of students, parents, educators, school staff, and agency staff on the IEP Transition Team.

Interagency Transition Team Development and Facilitation (January 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This guide, relevant to national, state, and local levels, offers instruction on (a) how to build an effective interagency transition team; (b) how to determine initial roles, responsibilities, and the team vision; (c) how to conduct interagency transition team meetings; and (d) how to determine whether or not your interagency transition team is making progress and meeting its goals. The manual also includes examples of successful interagency transition teams, and further resources.

National Standards & Quality Indicators: Transition Toolkit for Systems Improvement This is a PDF file that requires a PDF-plug in, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. (2005 National Leadership Summit Edition)
The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) developed this document, which outlines standards and indicators that can be used to help assure high-quality transition for youth who are moving from a secondary school setting to the adult world. The standards and indicators identify practices that create quality secondary education and transition experiences for all youth. These standards can guide state and local administrators and practitioners responsible for planning and implementing comprehensive transition systems for youth, ultimately becoming a catalyst for constructive change in transition practices and policies nationwide.

Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs (April 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief, developed collaboratively by PACER Center and NCSET, discusses the important issues that parents face when their adult child with a disability is moving on to postsecondary education.

Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief provides a concise description of person-centered planning and an explanation of the benefits of this process. The brief also provides action steps for implementing person-centered planning, references within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that support the process, and a list of additional resources.

La Planificación Centrada en la Persona: Una Herramienta para la Transición (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition." Este artículo proporciona una descripción concisa de una planificación centrada en la persona y una explicación de los beneficios de este proceso. El artículo también provee los pasos a dar para implementarlo, referencias dentro de la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) que apoyan el proceso y una lista de recursos adicionales.

The Transition Planning Process (April 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a national view of the transition planning process undertaken during high school with and for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life after school. The information reported comes from a mail survey of school personnel conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Findings from NLTS2 generalize to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December 2000, to each of 12 federal disability categories, and to each age group within the age range.

Work-Based Learning and Future Employment for Youth: A Guide for Parents and Guardians (October 2003)
NCSET Information Brief
Setting high expectations early in life is an important step in order for youth to develop the skills to succeed in the future. This guide for parents and guardians of youth with disabilities outlines how work-based learning helps youth identify interests, strengths, skills, and needs related to career development. Specific examples are provided, as well as further resources.

Parent Participation and Students' Post-School Outcomes (2000)
Transcript of a teleconference call held on November 15, 2000, sponsored by the National Transition Alliance, and coordinated by NCSET. Presented by Amy Pleet, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of the Department of Reading, Special Education, and Instructional Technology at Towson University, Maryland.

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