Student-Centered Transitions Network

Transition Updates

Fall 2020
Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a new website with more information about Supplemental Special Education Services.

What are SSES?
They are on-line accounts made available to eligible parents of students with disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures.

Who is eligible for an SSES account?
Families of students who are enrolled in a Texas public school this year (2020-
21), were enrolled during the initial COVID-19 school closures (2019-20), and
were identified as having a low incidence disability (e.g., an intellectual disability,
a developmental disability, a visual impairment, hearing loss, a significant
physical disability, multiple disabilities, or are on the autistic spectrum).

For more frequently asked questions (FAQ) about SSES, click on the link below:
Transition Resources Library for Remote Learning
Do you have a resource or strategy that could support educators with transition services during remote learning? If so, please consider submitting your resource for our new Transition Resources Library for Remote Learning.

We need practical resources that address different areas of transition that include:
  • transition assessments
  • work-based learning and career experiences
  • self-determination
  • agency support and collaboration
  • transition activities for at-home learning
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovative Course
Student to Industry Connection is a new innovative course that has been approved by TEA for the 2020-2021 school year. This innovative course is listed under the CTE category and can be taught by a teacher that has a CTE certificate, Special Education Early Childhood-12 certificate, or a Special Education Supplemental certificate.

What is an innovative course?
Innovative courses allow districts to offer state-approved courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum.

Can my district or charter school offer this course?
With the approval of the local board of trustees, school districts and charter schools may offer any state-approved innovative course for state elective credit only. A district does not need to apply to TEA to offer an approved innovative course.

For a list of all approved innovative courses, click here.
Remote Transition Support Tips with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Five Part Webinar Series on Pre-ETS
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) and The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) have pre-recorded a 5-part webinar series on the five required pre-employment transition services.

To check out this new Pre-ETS webinar series, click on each webinar link below: