Transition TN Webcasts

Transition TN hosts monthly webcasts covering different important transition topics. We invite a variety of speakers to share their expertise and experiences related to the transition of youth with disabilities. These 45-minute webcasts provide practical information and specific ideas to implement within your instruction and service delivery. If you are interested in learning about upcoming webcasts, sign up for our newsletter here.

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Webcast Archive

Browse the archive of webcasts by topic for in-depth presentations on a variety of transition topics!

Webcast: Creating Transition Portfolios for Students with High Support Needs

November 23, 2021

This presentation takes a look at transition portfolios and the post-school transition process and how portfolios can be used to help students move into adult life. It is a vehicle to inform future (post-school) service providers. The portfolios provid …

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Work-Based Learning Options for Students Completing the Alternate Academic Diploma

October 15, 2021

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an important opportunity and capstone experience to engage students in their focus industry area. Research has shown that paid work experience in high school is the number one indicator of postsecondary employment for stude …

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Health Management and Life-Skills Training with Occupational and Physical Therapy

August 30, 2021

Are you confused about the differences between school-based and medical-based transition? Are you interested in collaborating with healthcare providers to improve transition outcomes? Would you like to learn more about how occupational and physical the …

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Project SEARCH: A National, Local, and Graduate Perspective

July 1, 2021

Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, transition to work program with the primary objective to secure competitive, integrated, employment for people with disabilities. As the title indicates, this webcast will present a national and Tennessee overv …

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Embracing Dignity of Risk in the Transition Process

May 20, 2021

“Dignity of risk” emphasizes that people with disabilities should have control over their daily lives and the opportunity to own the consequences of their choices. In this webcast, we will address the importance of dignity of risk in the transition pro …

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Social Security Disability Benefits and Youth

April 27, 2021

This webcast will cover the most important benefit issues for transition aged youth. The audience will learn about the different types of Social Security disability benefits, and how those benefits are affected by work activity. Attendees will leave wi …

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Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support

March 25, 2021

Description: The Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support is a NEW virtual resource center that provides decision-making information, resources, and tools to assist individuals with disabilities, their families and support providers when planning f …

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Teaching Social Media Skills

February 18, 2021

Description: Staff and a student from Next Steps at Vanderbilt share tips and strategies for educators on teaching students about appropriate social media use. This webcast includes strategies for teaching safety and etiquette, personal vs. professiona …

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Paying for College 101

December 17, 2020

Whether a student is considering a 2-year, 4-year, or career and technical education, this presentation will provide an overview of the various scholarship and grant programs administered by THEC/TSAC to help students and parents fund higher education. …

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Accommodations in Higher Education

November 19, 2020

Students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations in school; however, there are some key differences in the nature and delivery of those services in K-12 and post-secondary education. Join our webcast to learn about disability disclosure and do …

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Transition Tennessee’s Website for Students

October 29, 2020

Learn about how you can use Transition Tennessee’s Website for Students in your transition instruction virtually and in-person. Visit for more Download Slides

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Virtual Community Resource Maps: Tools, Tips and Tricks

October 2, 2020

There are so many important transition resources in our communities that we know young people, families and stakeholders need to get connected with in order for transition planning to be successful. But, how do we move from a collection of notes, flyer …

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Reimagining Pre-ETS using Virtual Service Models

September 4, 2020

In this Transition TN Webcast, we review the current Pre-ETS service delivery model and then explore options for enhanced service delivery. Time is dedicated to understanding in-person and virtual synchronous models, as well as asynchronous models. We …

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Making Inclusive Higher Education Achievable and Affordable

August 1, 2020

During this presentation, we discuss the growing number of inclusive higher education programs across the country and the six current programs in Tennessee. We focus on tuition assistance opportunities available in Tennessee. We also share ways student …

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Three for Free: Apps in Transition Service Provision

July 1, 2020

This webcast introduces three different no-cost applications (apps). One app to address each of the required and optional post-school outcomes for transition (i.e. employment, education, and independent living) will be shared. Additional resources for …

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Transitions with a Twist

June 1, 2020

This webcast will show you innovative and creative strategies to engage your middle school students in career exploration and transition into high school and adulthood. The presenter will demonstrate the benefits of social media, relationship building, …

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It’s All About Who You Know: Connecting to Community Resources

May 1, 2020

Learn the vital importance of connecting with local community resources and tips for how to do so effectively with assistant professor of Special Education Dr. Jenn Bumble. Download Summary

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Teaching Sexual Health to Students with Disabilities

April 1, 2020

This webcast focuses on the importance of teaching sexual health and education to students with disabilities. Practitioners and researchers will provide recommended topics to cover, strategies for addressing student needs and family concerns, and instr …

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Selecting and Evaluating Curriculum

January 1, 2020

With all the transition-related curricula and lesson plans out there, how do you figure out which ones are best for your students? Dr. Dawn Rowe, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Special Education at East Tennessee State University, a …

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Supported Decision Making in a Classroom Setting

November 1, 2019

Join policy and law experts, Carrie Guiden, Lauren Pearcy, and Nathan Walsh for a discussion on supported decision making and your role in guiding students and families as an educator. Download Summary

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Transition Assessment: Practical Approaches and Powerful Tools

October 15, 2019

Dr. Jenn Bumble and Dr. Lindsey Athamanah from the University of Missouri St. Louis join us to break down assessments. They cover everything how to find them to how to administer them effectively without burning out. Download Summary

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Setting Up For Success

September 15, 2019

Learn tips and tricks on setting up your classroom for success with Melissa (from the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project) and Jena (from Transition TN). Visit and to learn more! Download Summ …

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Increasing Family Engagement

July 15, 2019

Join Janet Shouse and Ann Curl, two parents of students with disabilities, to discuss increasing family engagement in your schools. Download Summary

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New Transition Course Codes!

June 15, 2019

Alison Gauld and Blake Shearer from the Department of Education join us to introduce and answer questions on three new state approved transition course codes! Download Summary

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Summer! Make the Most of it.

May 15, 2019

Learn what you can do to help your students have fulfilling summers with jobs and other skill building activities with an updated list of employment related summer camps. Download Summary Download Summer Camp List

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Transition Planning: From Dreams to Action

April 15, 2019

Tennessee Department of Education Director of Support Services Blake Shearer leads an easy to follow overview of the IEP process and how to make sure that teachers are being effective stewards of their student’s dreams and ambitions. Download Summary

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Transition TN Current Supports & Upcoming VR Expansion

March 15, 2019

Hear from the Transition Tennessee team on how the site can support you and what is being developed over the next year. Download Summary

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School-based Enterprises 101: Running a Business and Teaching Transition Skills

December 15, 2018

Hear from a current high school transition teacher about how and why you need a school-based enterprise as a part of your transition program. Download Summary

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Transition School to Work Grant: From Application to Coordination

November 15, 2018

Learn about the Transition School to Work Grant from a practicing Transition School to Work Coordinator on what it takes to apply and all of the benefits that you will see from the program. Download Summary

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Transition Apps

October 15, 2018

Get an overview of the wide selection of apps that can help student’s lead more successful transitions. Download Summary

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A New Diploma: Alternate Academic Diploma

September 15, 2018

Alison Gauld from the Dept of Education educates us on the new alternate academic diploma offered to students. Download Summary

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Informal Assessments in the Classroom

August 15, 2018

Sarah Huffman (Director of Exceptional Student Education, Germantown Municipal Schools) offers assessment strategies to integrate into your school year Download Summary

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Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Conservatorship

July 15, 2018

Carrie Hobbs Guiden (The Arc TN) and Lauren Pearcy (TN Council on DD) share about different ways to support people with disabilities making the decisions that are right for them. Download Summary

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Family Matters: How to Include Families in Transition

June 15, 2018

Joey from STEP lists helpful ways to partner with families for IEP meetings, as well as other relationship building strategies. Download Summary

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It’s About to be Summer. Now What?

May 14, 2018

Learn what you can do to help your students have fulfilling summers with jobs and other skill building activities. Download Summary

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Navigating Easy IEP

April 14, 2018

Learn the ins and outs of Easy IEP. Download summary

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How Not to Get Sued: IEP Compliance

March 14, 2018

Learn federal and state guidelines for writing a high-quality transition plan. Download summary

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Equipping Your School with TransitionTN

February 14, 2018

Learn about how you can integrate TransitionTN into your Special Ed programs.

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