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The California Community of Practice on Secondary Transition (CoP) is a group of students, parents, educators, business, and state agency professionals who come together monthly to discuss issues and solve problems related to secondary transition for students with disabilities.  It is the mission of the California CoP to ensure seamless transition service delivery that will lead to positive post-school outcomes for transition age youth.

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Joshua O'Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund
Posted on Monday 9th May 2011, 10:59am by Alexa Slater
The mission of the Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome who wish to continue to enrich their lives by enrolling in postsecondary programs or taking classes. The fund was established in January 2005 by Zeshan Tabani to honor his friend Joshua O’Neill. Joshua is an inspirational young man who happens to have Down syndrome. Joshua and Zeshan grew up in the same neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Joshua was fortunate to participate in a postsecondary education experience and he benefited greatly from this opportunity. Joshua now lives independently, with supports, in New Haven, Connecticut. He works part-time and leads a productive and happy life. Zeshan was inspired by Joshua’s drive to enrich himself with postsecondary education and he wanted to help others who might not have the same opportunity.

As more individuals with Down syndrome are being included K-12 and graduating with their peers, the next step for many young adults with Down syndrome includes pursuing postsecondary education, which may include participation in a postsecondary program or simply taking enrichment courses. Financial aid is rarely available to these individuals.

The Joshua O'Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund seeks to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome who are 18 years old or older, who wish to continue to participate in postsecondary education programs or enrichment courses to gain employment and other important life skills contributing to their independence. Grants of up to $2,000 are available by completing an extensive application process.

See the Postsecondary Education Resource List to find organizations and printed materials relating to postsecondatry education.

Click here to download the 2011 Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund application.
There's an app for that!
Posted on Thursday 28th April 2011, 7:03pm by Alexa Slater
School of Education launches new free mobile app to assist parents, advocates

Syracuse University School of Education professor Alan Foley has designed and launched a new iPhone app to help parents better advocate for their children with disabilities.

iAdvocate is a free application available through iTunes that provides information on advocacy strategies for parents to help ensure school-aged children with disabilities are provided appropriate services and resources in their education.

The idea behind iAdvocate is to empower and engage parents, make them aware of their rights and introduce them to a variety of resources, says Foley, associate professor in the Department of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation (IDDE). He hopes the app better prepares parents to work more collaboratively with school professionals to achieve positive outcomes for their children’s education.

“We hope it can improve access and services for children with disabilities and provide help and support for their parents,” he says.

Foley incorporated the project into his classes last year, and also worked with a team of School of Education graduate students. The students helped conduct focus group studies with parents involved in the SU Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC), develop content and design a prototype. Foley also collaborated with the School of Education, the Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies and SUPAC on the project.

Thomas Bull, regional facilitator for the S3TAIR project, said iAdvocate will be helpful to parents of children with disabilities. S3TAIR is a federal grant-funded state project designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. “iAdvocate is a tool that provides functional strategies, a wide range of resources and straightforward suggestions that allow for parents, teachers and students to understand their rights, even the playing field when working with school districts and design an educational program that is responsive to their input and tailored to meet their specific need,” Bull says.

The app contains three sections for users—strategies that parents can pursue as advocates; resources, information and links to laws, books, articles, websites, videos and organizations that can provide information on inclusive education; and responses, which features simulated conversations between parents and school professionals. The app also connects to the SUPAC website, which provides additional exchanges of information and ideas.

Foley plans to create updates for the app as well as explore and develop other apps.

To see and download iAdvocate, visit
ConnectED and Linked Learning Resources
Posted on Thursday 28th April 2011, 7:00pm by Alexa Slater

Stay ConnectEd
Linked Learning in Action
New Video and Discussion Guide on Integrated Curriculum
Know any teachers interested in using integrated curriculum to make lessons more exciting and engaging for students? Through this new video and the accompanying discussion guide, teacher teams will gain an understanding of the strengths of integrated curriculum, identify the challenges and opportunities of implementing such a curriculum, and decide on their first steps for bringing this exciting approach to their school. An integrated curriculum combines content from various subject areas and provides hands-on projects requiring students to solve real-world problems.

Tool to Help Districts Develop Systems of Pathways
ConnectEd's Framework for Developing a System of Linked Learning Pathways was created to help school districts and their community partners as they plan systems of quality pathways. Systems of pathways are important so students will have a choice among industry themes. The Framework document outlines Critical Elements that will help districts determine how best to build and strengthen an infrastructure that supports the design, implementation, and sustainability of a system of quality pathways. Critical Elements discussed include supportive district policies; pathway themes and delivery models; student recruitment and pathway selection; articulation agreements; professional development for pathway teachers, counselors, and administrators; bringing work-based learning to scale; master scheduling; recruitment and hiring practices; pathway evaluation; and more.

Videos to Expose Students to Specific Careers
Students are often unaware of the hundreds of jobs available in each industry sector. To help expose them to various careers in industry pathways such as Arts and Media, Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Law and Justice, ConnectEd has developed a Day in the Life video series. These short and engaging videos broaden traditional views of various industry sectors and give high school students a deeper understanding of the tasks entailed and skills required in various jobs. Many videos connect directly to Linked Learning curriculum available on ConnectEd Studios. Register for free at ConnectEd Studios to view the full collection, or watch some samples on ConnectEd's YouTube channel.

Upcoming Curriculum Trainings
Are you teaching in a Law and Justice pathway? Register for a free curriculum training in San Francisco on July 25-28! Participants will experience Foundations in Law and Foundations in Criminal Justice, a new two-year curriculum designed for high schools and career academies in the legal and public services pathways. Teachers will share their experiences and expertise with others from across the state and with practitioners from the legal community, criminal justice system, and advocacy field. They will learn strategies that engage and prepare students for college and careers in law and justice. Sessions will focus on project-based learning, teamwork, literacy, and more. Through collaboration, teachers will learn how to integrate the Law and Justice curriculum with English language arts, math, and science classes. Read more and register.

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Linked Learning connects strong academics with real-world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences—helping students gain an advantage in high school, college, and career. Visit to learn more.

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