Next Steps Tools for Family Involvement

The Next Steps project has materials in different formats to help you engage families in the transition planning process.

Flyers and brochures

High School is a Big Thing flyer

High School is a big thing imageIn high school, IEP teams begin to look at IEPs differently and start planning for what comes next for a student after high school. Schools refer to this as transition planning. This parent flyer, High School is a Big Thing, can help parents understand the important pieces of transition planning and how to prepare for high school IEP meetings. (PDF, 2 pages)

Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) brochure

One side of the Think Different ELO brochureDownload an ELO brochure your school can use to introduce parents to ELOs. It’s a PDF with an editable space on the front for you to fill in your school’s information. (PDF, 2 pages, 2016)

Family and Student Engagement Resources brochure

One side of the Family and Student Engagements resources brochureAn overview of seven professional development workshops and three student workshops from the Parent Information Center. These workshops are available at no cost to Next Steps NH cohort schools, and to other schools for a fee. (PDF, 2 pages, 2016) Materials from some of these workshops are available in the For Parents tab in Training Courses and Materials Section.

Guides

 Life After High School Transition Tool Kit

PIC Transition ToolkitThe Life After High School Transition Tool Kit (PDF, 72 pages, 2016) helps families and youth who have an Individualized  Education Program (IEP) learn about the transition planning process. It provides an overview of the laws relating to transition as well as best practices. The sections are: Thinking about the Future, Making a Plan, Writing the Transition Plan in the IEP, What Else do I Need to Know, Review and Revise, and Give Youth an Opportunity to get Involved.

Transition Fair Guide

Cover of transition fair guideThe Transition Fair Guide (PDF, 12 pages, 2017) has information and things to think about when planning a transition fair. Transition fairs connect students and their families to resources that help build successful lives after high school. Research shows that when educators, families, students, community members, and organizations work together, postsecondary outcomes improve for the students.

Family Engagement Teams Guide

Family Engagement Teams Guide first pageFamily Engagement Teams (PDF, 12 pages, 2017) applies a focus group strategy to include parents in a review of how effectively a school works with families. A group might be a follow-up to a survey, or a sole means of gathering parent comments. Groups usually include six to twelve participants. This guide leads you from initial concept to inviting parents to conducting the meetings.

Life After High School online training

The Parent Information Center (PIC) created an online version of their popular Life After High School training for families (and educators). It takes about an hour to complete and is a narrated PowerPoint presentation with parent video commentary and interactive self-quizzes. The format lets you skip around the course at will. You’ll get a good overview of laws and best practices that help families and schools work together to create purposeful and meaningful transition plans and IEPs.

first screen of the online course

Workshop slides

Below are slides from parent workshops developed by New Hampshire’s Parent Information Center (PIC). You may find the slides helpful by themselves, or contact PIC to arrange something in-person. Full materials are available for each workshop.

Planning for Life After High School

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Slides from “Planning for Life after High School.” Covers what is transition planning, when and how does it happen, and the formal IEP pieces that document the plan. (PDF, 41 slides, 2015)

Learning Outside of the Classroom

First page of Learning Outside the Classroom ppt

Slides from “Learning Outside the Classroom.” Covers the key features of high quality Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) and the role of students, families, educators and community partners in developing and implementing ELOs. (PDF, 29 slides, 2015)

Listening to Your Child’s Voice While Building Independence

PIC LCV workshop ppt cover

Slides from “Listening to Your Child’s Voice While Building Independence.” Provides information about the importance of listening to your child’s voice when discussing the future, what to consider before your child becomes a legal adult, and how to start building independence during the high school years.

Promoting Family School Partnerships

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Slides from “Promoting Family School Partnerships.” Introduces the Dual Capacity Framework, a process to guide school and district staff to engage parents and to help parents work successfully with the schools. (PDF, 31 slides, 2014) (more information)→