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Pam Stenhjem (huntx010@maroon.tc.umn.edu)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 09:39:01 -0400

To: edequity@tristram.edc.org
Subject: help with a question
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 11:05:53 -0500

Hi everyone:

My name is Pam Stenhjem and I coordinate a national project called the Al=
l Means
All School-to-Work Project (www.ici.coled.umn.edu/all). We have a questi=
on and =

answer page on our website called School-to-Work Wizards which allows use=
rs to =

ask a question about school-to-work and including all learners. We then =
send =

the question out to our resident "Wizards" and print the question with an=
y =

responses on the website (www.ici.coled.umn.edu/all/questions.hmtl).

We have received several questions to which I have not received many repl=
ies =

from our "Wizards". I am hoping with all of the collective wisdom out th=
ere, =

that you might be able to provide some insight, suggestions, ideas, or ex=
amples =

for the questions that we can post on the website. Most of what we share =
is from
our own experience, but it could also be from formal research or research=


I will post the questions below. If you respond, please designate * whic=
h =

question(s)* you are responding to by using the number listed with your =

response. Thanks much for any help you can give!! And, please, stop by =
our =

website and check it out!

Best regards,

Pam Stenhjem

Question 19
I am looking for effective practices/ strategies for involving at risk/dr=
op out =

students with special needs. I am curious what other people are doing wi=
th this
group of kids in middle and high school. Thank you , Lars.


Question 21
Through my work with special educators, I have often been asked to supply=
a list
of standardized occupational interest and aptitudes tests for students of=
low =

reading ability or who are non-readers. I have been unable to supply suc=
h a =

list to my clients. Is there a number of tests that practitioners agree =
the apppropriate information needed for career planning and guidance? He=
re in =

the State of Washington, we are required to provide a summary of a functi=
onal =

vocational evaluation for the transition component of the IEP. Even thou=
gh =

informal assessment of interest and aptitude provides valid and reliable =

information for the FVE, many parents as well as administrators request m=
ore =

formal assessment data. I would appreciate products as well as comments =
on this
Question 25
In Nebraska, we are at the 65% (of all school districts) having implement=
ed STW.
Now, I am looking for actual CIMs and/or CAMs that are being used across =
the =

country. Alternatively, draft or proposed CIMs/CAMs would be useful. Can=
you =

help identify for me any of which you are aware?

CIMs are certificates of initial mastery and CAMs are certificates of ad=
vanced =

Question 29

How has the number of students falling in the gap between high school tra=
to the "real world" decrease with school-to-work? =

What are the statistics supporting the services?

Would a vocational rehabiliation counselor on the school site working wit=
h the =

students from the beginning of their ITP increase possiblities of success=


Question 30
Our Government agency (an Army Major Command) is undergoing significant =

personnel cuts and changes in mission, with resultant low morale. Our Co=
has initiated a concept that he terms "a future workforce," one that will=
see =

personnel becoming "multi-knowledgeable" (possessing knowledge of one oth=
er area
of expertise other than one's specialization), "multi-skilled" (possessin=
g =

working knowledge in 2 or 3 other areas) and, ultimately, "multi-function=
al" =

(possessing technical understanding in 3 or 4 other areas of expertise").=

Do any of your readers have experience in, work for, or have knowledge o=
f, any =

enterprises that has gone down this road already? What have been the =

lessons-learned? The obstacles? The "tenets" that were agreed upon by all=

involved before implementation?


Question 31
Young adults with disabilities do not always have an accessibe peer group=
as =

they did when they were in high school. I would like suggestions on mode=
l =

programs for older students that are 1)community, rather than school base=
d, 2) =

uses cash match dollars, vouchers, combined funding or other significant =

collaborative efforts with other agencies, and, 3) has a self-determinati=
on =

curriculum or plan infused into the program.

Pam Stenhjem, Project Coordinator

=A5 All Means All School-to-Work Project =

=A5 Transition Assistance Project
104 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE =

Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph: 612/625-3863
Fx: 612/624-9344
Email: huntx010@umn.edu
WWW: www.ici.coled.umn.edu/all

If I keep a green bough in my heart, =

the singing bird will come. - Chinese Proverb

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