Transition challenges are top-of-mind for every special educator. How can we improve achievement for students with disabilities and prepare them to transition from high school to college and career? With heightened accountability, special educators are using a range of tools and methods that go beyond core academics and include non-academic skills, while considering student motivation and engagement. Now, there is a growing need for an organizing framework that ensures all students with disabilities are college and career ready. Make plans to participate as transition expert Dr. Mary Morningstar describes six academic and non-academic domains special educators can use to address transition challenges and implications for program level implementation.
Mary E. Morningstar, Ph.D. is associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition. Dr. Morningstar has been involved in training, professional development and research regarding transition from school to adult life for over 25 years. She is an expert on evaluating secondary teacher quality and professional development, culturally diverse family involvement in transition planning, and interagency collaboration. Dr. Morningstar coordinates an online masters program, focusing on preparing secondary educators across the country to provide transition education and services to youth with disabilities.