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Professional Development2017-07-13T09:33:55+00:00

As defined by the Minnesota Department of Education (2013), “High-quality professional development is designed to improve the quality of classroom instruction; enable individuals to grow professionally; introduce practitioners to the practical applications of research-based strategies; and help teachers [and transition personnel] implement new technology and teaching strategies.”

Morningstar and Clark (2003) suggest that transition service providers should have knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Basic transition principals and concepts;
  2. Transition Curriculum and Training Models,
  3. Planning, Implementation and Progress Monitoring strategies,
  4. Interagency collaboration, and
  5. Strategies for addressing service barriers.

 

SC Fast Facts

Transition Focused Professional Development Opportunities are offered regularly in South Carolina. Ongoing efforts include:

  • State and Local Conferences (e.g., SC Council for Exceptional Children and SC Division on Career Development and Transition)
  • SC Department of Education’s Research to Practice Institute (typically held in July each year)
  • College and University coursework (e.g., Clemson, USC, Francis Marion)
  • Online Transition and Supported Employment Coursework and Webinars (e.g., nsttac.org; apse.org; Training Resource Network)

 

Did You Know?

Recent findings from a national survey of special education personnel preparation programs in the United States revealed that less than 50% of the training that teachers receive in higher education addresses transition standards (NCSET, 2005).

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