Transition Planning becomes a part of the IEP process when a student reaches the age of 14 or enters grade eight. Some aspects of transition include the student’s career ambitions, plans for job training or post secondary education, and independent living goals. These factors are a vital component of the IEP, as the student’s interests and goals determine the coursework that will best prepare him/her for the next phase of life. Educators, parents, and the student help determine the activities that will best assist the student with post secondary planning.
Indian River’s Transition Specialist, Mrs. Carol Perrington, reviews and participates in the IEP meetings to ensure student’s schedule and four year educational plan address the goals of the student. In addition, the role of the Transition Specialist is to inform the student of the adult agencies who can assist with employment and job training after graduation. The Student Success Plans, which are a part of the Career Cruising programs in our secondary schools, interviews, vocational assessments, and activities promoting self advocacy are all used to help direct our students toward a bright future. It is the Indian River School District’s belief that this early discussion and planning will help motivate our students to obtain a high school diploma and feel prepared when entering the workforce or a post secondary educational setting.
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