Walpole Main School to host educational conference in Dedham

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WALPOLE, MA – The SU School in East Walpole, known for its excellence in teaching children with autism, is sponsoring an event for educators on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Dedham Holiday Inn Conference Center to help students on programs Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, plan for the transition to post-secondary education.

During IEP team meetings for students ages 13 and older placed in SU school, some districts shared their imaginative and creative responses to the demands of the post-secondary transition process. Employing presenters from some of these creative districts as presenters, League School is sponsoring a valuable day of sharing at a conference.

By providing districts with the opportunity to come together and share their innovative and helpful internal programs, models, and processes, participants can return to their districts with low-cost or no-cost suggestions on how to scale up implementation. of their post-secondary transition process. . Presenters have a wide range of specialized experience in addition to a willingness to models, assessments, procedures, source materials, and work product samples.

The conference will begin with a brief discussion of draft transition-related forms/resources currently under consideration by DESE for comment. An overview of current and emerging process requirements, with resource materials and activities related to IEP and TPF development, will be led by Dr. Margaret Reed. Following these activities, participants will have the opportunity to participate in several workshops.

Although transition planning for post-secondary education has been a component of special education regulations since the enactment of Chapter 766 in 1972, a compliant process can be difficult to design and implement.

Over the past decade, there has been an increased awareness by IEP team participants of
the need for more individualized services for all students receiving services through an IEP.
This awareness has sometimes manifested itself when staff are challenged by parents or advocates
implement the required post-secondary transition planning process at an individualized level
this may seem difficult to conceive.

During the same period, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE) has released several notices, resources and materials to clarify
elements of this process. However, the sometimes unrealistic expectations of
team members, uncertainty as to how to respond to the anticipation of families of increased skills
control, the limited time of consultation in the service hours, and the person required
specificity of the process has led to many establishments or relocations by neighborhoods to
avoid entanglement in the appeal process.

Those who register before March 11 will receive a reduced rate of $99 per person, with a rate of $149 thereafter.

The Dedham Holiday Inn Conference Center is located at 55 Ariadne Rd. in Deham.

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