Online Professional Development

 

  • To register for the TED Online Modules in their new location at Region 4 ESC, please click on the title for each training topic:

     

    Please note: If you have already completed the courses and have your certificate from Region 11 ESC, you are not required to retake the courses to meet TED training requirements.

  • IRIS Center- The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. The modules below are all free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.
    • Secondary Transition: Student-Centered Transition PlanningThis module will help users to better understand the benefits of student-centered transition planning, identify ways to involve students in collecting assessment information and developing goals, and be able to prepare students to actively participate in their own IEP meetings (2 hours).
    • Secondary Transition: Interagency CollaborationThis module defines and discusses the purpose of interagency collaboration and addresses the importance of partnering with agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school (2 hours).
    • Secondary Transition: Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings - This module focuses on the transition process from high school to post-secondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process so as to become better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation (1 hour).

     

    TransitionTN -TransitionTN is a partnership among the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Vanderbilt University, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD. The courses below are free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.

    • Guiding Principles - This course introduces the guiding principles of transition. These core values serve as the foundation for effective transition processes and will guide assessment, planning, goal development, and implementation of services and supports to help students achieve their goals for adulthood.
    • Addressing Transition in the IEP - This course introduces the topic of developing a high-quality transition plan. A meaningful transition plan serves as the cornerstone of the transition planning process, and builds the students' post school success.
    • Pathways to Employment - This course introduces evidence-based techniques to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It includes resources for teacher to integrate career education into the classroom or a community-based setting.
    • Pathways to Community Life - This course will introduce tools and strategies to prepare students to live and navigate life after high school as independently as possible.
    • Pathways to Self-determination - This course will help you learn how to help students find their own voice and forge a path to success. It will also help educators learn how to integrate practical skill-building strategies into everyday activities.

     

    Transition Coalition - The Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. The modules below are free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.

    • Best Practices in Planning for Transition - This module will provide an overview of the transition requirements of IDEA and best practices in transition planning.
    • Working with Families - This module will help you explore some of the unique strengths and challenges encountered when working with families and use a framework for supporting collaboration, and increasing mutual understanding in parent-professional partnerships.
    • Enhancing Employment Outcomes - This module will provide an overview of career development as a critical aspect of vocational training and employment experiences for students with disabilities.
    • Secondary Transition and Cultural Diversity - This module will provide information and activities on how culture influences people and systems, and how the differences in values and perceptions of disability can affect families' access to services.
    • The Essentials of Self-determination - This module will help you gain general knowledge of self-determination and a framework for providing self-determination instruction to students.
    • Strategies for School Completion - This module will help you learn about the significance of completing high school and learn strategies and community-wide approaches that promote school completion.
    • Work-based Learning 101 - This module will help you learn the why, what, when, and how of a quality work-based learning program.
    • Interagency Collaboration: The Groundwork - This module provides you with information, examples, strategies and tools to increase interagency collaboration and to build or strengthen your interagency team.
  • TransitionTN -TransitionTN is a partnership among the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Vanderbilt University, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD. The courses below are free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.

    • Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment - This online course will help you apply the guidelines for choosing an appropriate transition assessment and gain knowledge on the methods for conducting quality and comprehensive assessment.
    • Transition Assessment Online Database - This database and video overview will provide you tips on selecting and using assessments with your students.

     

    Transition Coalition - The Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. The module below is free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.

    • Transition Assessment: The Big Picture - This online module will explore recommended practices in transition assessment. It includes various types of approaches for assessment and provides opportunities for applying these research-based ideas.

     

  • TransitionTN -TransitionTN is a partnership among the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Vanderbilt University, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD. The courses below are free, but will require you to register and create an account before you begin.

    • An Overview of WIOA and Pre-ETS - This course will provide an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) and best practices. Learn how the WIOA legislation changed the landscape of transition services.
    • The Power of Early Work Experiences - This course will help you learn the importance of early work experiences for students with disabilities' employment outcomes.
    • Instruction in Self-advocacy - This course will help you learn to help students speak up for themselves and communicate their needs to others. This course will provide an overview of how to integrate self-advocacy into daily living experiences.
    • Connecting with Employers and Families - This course will provide you with strategies for engaging families and employers in meaningful ways to improve the delivery of Pre-ETS. This course will also address how to collaborate effectively with these stakeholders.
    • Developing Strong Partnerships - This course will provide guidance on how to develop strong partnership in Pre-ETS.
    • Work-based Learning - This course will provide guidance on how to develop and support students participating in Work-based learning experiences.