Tag Archives: Utah

Utah Teacher Receives CEC Graduate Student of the Year Award

heather-raithelCongratulations to Heather Raithel, selected as the 2017 Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Graduate Student of Year Award Recipient! She is a teacher at Utah Virtual Academy and in the Transition Masters Program at Utah State University. Heather will be honored at the CEC 2017 Convention & Expo in St. Louis, during the Student Forum on Thursday, April 20, as well as recognizes on the CEC website.

Utah Welcomes New Post-School Transition Specialist

Lavinia Gripentrog has been chosen by the Utah State Board of Education Special Education Department as the new School to Post-School Transition Specialist beginning January 31, 2017. She will replace Susan Loving who is retiring (See article on Susan Loving here).

Lavinia was formerly the Transition Specialist/Post-High Special Education Teacher and lavinia1Assistive Technology Specialist for Murray School District for the past 14 years, completed the USU masters transition specialist program at USU, was the Team Leader of the ODEP School-to-Work Pilot Project for Murray District, and Mentor Teacher for Westminster College. She was also the 2016 Utah Council for Exceptional Children Joanne Gilles Teacher of the Year!

Lavinia has a wealth of direct service and consultation experience in employment, postsecondary education, assistive technology, and independent living.

Welcome Lavinia!

Utah 2016 Transition Institute

This week Utah will host its annual Transition Institute: “Supporting Transition Planning and Building Capacity to Improve Post-School Outcomes for Students with Disabilities” at Davis Conference Center in Layton. Interspersed with content-rich learning sessions and facilitated team work sessions, LEA teams from all over the state (over 200 people!) will come together to learn how to use a national transition team planning tool, write SMART goals for transition plans and sequence transition plan actions and activities, as well as how to develop tools for evaluating plan implementation and the impact on student outcomes.
Participants who have Twitter or Facebook accounts are encouraged to post about the Utah Transition Insitute using the hashtag #uttransition