Grappone Conference Center 

70 Constitution Drive

Concord, NH 03301

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Conference Agenda

 Friday, November 22nd

8:00-8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:45 Welcome and Keynote

10:00-11:15 Spotlight Sessions

11:15-12:15 Lunch

11:45-12:10 Lunchtime Keynote 

12:20-1:35 Spotlight Sessions

1:35-1:45 Break

1:45-3:00 Spotlight Sessions

2019 Transition Summit

Working Together to Build Strong Student Teams

The New Hampshire Transition Community of Practice is pleased to invite you to our 13th Annual statewide conference for training, collaboration, networking, and information that focuses exclusively on the transition-to-life-after-high-school of students with disabilities.  

The registration fee is $100, which includes the two keynote sessions, three Spotlight sessions, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments throughout. 

Pre-registration is required. Registration will not be accepted at the event. Payment or a copy of a purchase order is due the day of or prior to the event. Registration closes November 15th, 2019. 

Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8am.

Please note needed accommodations for communication access (such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids and/or services), allergies, or other support needs in the appropriate section of the registration.  

0.65 CEUs will be available from Keene State College for a fee of $20, payable at the Summit. Registration forms will be available at the registration desk.

Contact event chair Heidi Wyman at 603.686-2136 or transitionnh@gmail.com with questions. 


Morning Keynote

Collette Divitto, Collettey's Cookies CEO


Lunchtime Keynote

Randy Pierce, 2020 Vision Quest President

Spotlight Session titles and abstracts are below. Session titles will be visible on the registration page. You may wish to note your preferences before selecting the REGISTER NOW button.


More detailed descriptions of each Spotlight Session will be available here Thursday Sept. 26.   


A-Series Spotlight Session (10-11:15am)

A1: Networking with VR staff/Meet with Exhibitors NH Vocational Rehabilitation Representatives and Exhibitors

This new format allows attendees to meet a representative from their VR regional VR office, learn more about PreEmployment Transition Services in their region, AND explore the many exhibitors available at this year’s Summit.

A2: Inclusion - The Right Path? Rosemary Alfredo, Keynote Speaker Collette Divitto’s mom

Collette’s mom, Rosemary Alfredo, will share her insights on the specific paths she set in motion that escalated Collette’s awareness and potential. She will also share information about Collette's non-profit organization, which was established in 2018 to provide workshops, training, empowerment and leadership for those with or without (dis)abilities.  

A3: Innovative Transition Planning using Charting the LifeCourse™ Lesley Blecharczyk, Director of Program Services & Wendy Curnow, Statewide NH Family Ties Coordinator, Community Bridges

The Charting the Life Course™ framework promotes thoughtful conversations to help people of all abilities, their families and supporters develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do over time, identify creative supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

When applied in the school setting with transition age youth, Charting the Life Course™ strategies and tools help students and teachers alike think about each of the youth to adult life transition domains outlined in the student’s IEP, and create goals that are person-centered and meet transition requirements.

A4: Indicator 13: Secondary Transition Federal Compliance Monitoring – What IEP Teams Need to Know Janelle Cotnoir & Heidi Clyborne, Education Consultants, New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Student Support

Secondary Transition planning is monitored through Individualized Education Plan reviews at all NH public High Schools. In this session, attendees will learn about the compliance requirements of the NHDOE Indicator 13 Monitoring Team. Be ready for your next Indicator 13 Monitoring visit, while gaining resources to help you create compliant, and more effective, transition plans.

A5: Extended Learning Opportunities 101: The What, Why, and How of ELOs Dr. Dawn Breault & Donna Couture, NH ELO Network

This session will cover the basics of what an ELO is, why they are important and how to develop, implement and run a successful ELO program. 

A6: “Success is not spelled C-O-L-L-E-G-E” Dina DiGregorio Karlon, Transition Specialist, NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents)

Many people believe that college is the only means to success in a future career, but that is not always the case. This workshop will discuss a wide range of post-secondary options, such as bachelor’s and associate's programs, training and certificate programs, apprenticeships and other options which can lead to a variety of meaningful careers.

B-Series Spotlight Session (12:20-1:35am)

B1: Meet Randy Pierce & Visit the Exhibitors

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker Randy Pierce will be available following his presentation to answer questions for the beginning portion of this session. Register for this session to meet Randy and explore the many exhibitors onsite to share resources for transition-age youth! 

B2: Give Them the Power to Create Quita Christison, Outreach and Youth Communication Coordinator, Next Step

Getting young people to attend programs are usually the hardest part. Include young people from the very beginning to have a successful program. 

B3: Working Together – How Paras, Students and the Whole Team Can Work Together for the Best Outcomes YEAH Council

This presentation will assist paraprofessionals and teachers in understanding the importance of a para in a student’s school life.  Participants will learn what works and what doesn’t while fostering a mutually respectful para/student relationship.  

B4: Secondary Transition Services in the Individualized Education Plan and Indicator 13 Janelle Cotnoir & Heidi Clyborne, Education Consultants, New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Student Support; Tina Greco, New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation

In this session, participants will learn the need for developing transition services that align with a student’s secondary transition plan.  IDEA 2004 requires that Transition Services be a coordinated set of activities designed in a results-oriented process and connected to the student’s IEP Measurable Post-Secondary Goals (MPSGs).  Focused on improving a student’s academic and functional performance, Transition Services provide the skills, experiences, activities, opportunities, and connections students need in order to reach their MPSGs.  

B5: Digital and Social Media Ethics Dr. Dawn Breault, Hollis Brookline High School

Social Media and the internet can be powerful tools when assisting students plan for life after high school. This session will review how to harness that power while avoiding potential ethical dilemmas.

B6: Learn Together About Area Agency Services Mindy Huckins, Family Support Coordinator, Gateways Community Services

Understanding the Area Agency system in NH can be challenging. This Facilitated Group Chat about Area Agency Services is an opportunity to ask and share your experience with a topic expert. 

C-Series Spotlight Session (1:45-3pm)

C1: Network with Regional Area Agency & Partners in Health Reps plus Visit the Exhibitors Area Agency & Partners in Health Representatives; Exhibitors

This new session format allows attendees to meet a representative from regional Area Agency and Partners in Health Programs AND gives participants time to explore the many exhibitors available at this year’s Summit.

C2: NextStepsNH and BeyondClassroom Betsy Street, NextStepsNH and BeyondClassroom Webmaster; Steve Bigaj, Professor of Education and Director of Southwest Center for Educational Support, Keene State College

Explore the latest updates and additions to New Hampshire’s own transition website, nextsteps-nh.org, and take a quick look at the ELO site, beyondclassrom.org. Join us for a tour and then a Q&A session to find resources for your own transition and ELO questions.

C3: Turning 18: Implications & Options for Health Care Sylvia Pelletier, NH Family Voices

Every young adult has a right to privacy and consent. What does this mean when the youth also needs assistance from a caregiver with health care decisions? This session will discuss options to be considered. 

C4: Youth as Part of the IEP Team – Including Youth Voice for the Best IEP Team. Yeah Council members

How to build a team that empowers youth to advocate for themselves and know that their voice is an important tool for building their future plans. Participants in this session are encouraged to bring a real or hypothetical situation about including youth voice in an IEP or transition plan to problem solve with the youth. 

C5: Extended Learning Opportunities, the IEP, and Indicator 13: useful tools for students with disabilities. Dr. Dawn Breault, ELO Network Member Panel

Participants will learn how ELOs, the IEP, and Indicator 13 can become useful tools for students with disabilities when planning for life after high school. 

C6: Learn Together about Transition Planning and the IEP Heidi Wyman, Transition Consultant

Transition Planning is a big topic. This Facilitated Group Chat about Transition Planning and the IEP is an opportunity to ask and share with a topic expert!

Refund/Cancellation Policy: To cancel your registration and receive a full refund, minus any PayPal fees, we must receive your cancellation in writing by November 15th, 2019.  Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund, and registrant will be responsible for all fees, regardless of attendance at the event. 

This event does not have a rain/snow date and will not be cancelled or postponed by organizers. In the unlikely occurrence that the event it is cancelled by the venue, presenters and keynote availability will need to be determined. Registrants will be informed within one week following the intended date of options regarding refunds or a rescheduled event.