PL-CI-139 College Readiness and Postsecondary Education Options (6-12)


PL-CI-139 College Readiness and Postsecondary Education Options (6-12)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017                       3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                             3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017                             3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017                           3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017                           3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017                           3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017                             3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Snow Date)

Total:  15 hours

This course will promote the knowledge and skills needed to engage all stakeholders (including, but not limited to, students, families, and educators) in transition to postsecondary education. In particular, participants will learn the importance of preparing youth with disabilities for postsecondary education, both academically and with self-determination skills.

Emphasis will be placed on documenting need for appropriate accommodations and promoting self-advocacy. Through this class students will be able to have a comprehensive understanding of the transition to postsecondary education, enabling them to prepare and have informed conversations with students and parents alike about the transition process. Effective communication, cultural competence, and improved understanding of a family vision of postsecondary education will be crucial components of course discussion. A variety of teaching methods will be modeled and course lessons will be presented using lectures, presentations, technology, videos, and current articles and publications.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of learning experiences in this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of disability law pertaining to postsecondary education
  • Instruct students and families of their rights and responsibilities in the transition planning process, specifically in accessing postsecondary education 
  • Promote student self-advocacy through student-led IEPs
  • Understand the skills necessary for student success in postsecondary education
  • Support transition-aged youth in the process of choosing and applying to college

About the LPS Course Facilitator:  Mike Law, Special Education Transition Coordinator, Lexington Public Schools

Mike Law has been the Special Education Transition Coordinator for the past year.  Prior to joining Lexington Public Schools, Mike was a Transition Specialist for Assabet Valley Collaborative.  Mike is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has been leading professional development in the field of transition since 2009.  Mike enjoys working with teachers and collaborating on how to best meet the transition needs of all students.

Who May Enroll:  Classroom Teachers, Special Educators, IAs, SSIs, and Administrators of Students With Disabilities ages 14-21

Location:  Lexington High School, Library Media Center

PDPs/Credits:  15 PDPs/1 in-house credit upon success completion of all course requirements (optional 1 graduate credit available for purchase through Endicott College)

Class Size:  20


Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 23 of 25 available.
Last day to register: 1/27/2017

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Lexington High School, Library Media Center
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.