My Transition Portfolio (Teacher's Edition)

Keys to Self-Determination and Independent Living for Young Adults
Second Edition
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781945271410
Item Number: 8611

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The teacher’s edition of My Transition Portfolio contains the entire contents of the student workbook, plus two suggested pacing guides and lesson plans to support each of the 14 keys to self-determination and independent living.

The pacing guides cover years before and after high school and correspond to semester-long schedules. Suggestions for both classroom and community-based instruction include technology to connect to the community on mobile devices through My Supports App by MyKey™ Consulting.

Teachers are provided detailed, standards-based instructional lessons to guide their efforts when leading students through the development of their transition portfolio. Suggestions for homework and integration into the community are flexible to meet the needs of students from middle school to high school to adult transition programs. Links to community adult service agencies are included.

For Parents and Support Providers
My Transition Portfolio Outcomes
Suggested Multi-year Pacing Guide
Suggested Semester-Long (18 Weeks) Pacing Guide
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Alignment Examples
For Students: Instructions by Max
My Personal Information: A Person-Centered Profile
Lesson Plan #1: My Personal Information
My Personal Information Form
My Care Plans and Medical Information
My Food and Nutrition
My Health Information
My Workout Survey
My Schedule
PART I: During High School—
Key #1: My Dream—Develop Your Dream
Lesson Plan #2: My Dream
My Dream Statement
My Dream Statement Poster Project
Key #2: My Story—Share Your Own Story
Lesson Plan #3: My Story
My Story—A Letter to Caregivers
My Story Questionnaire
My Story—The Basics
My Story—Narrative
My Pictures
My Family
My Friends
Key #3: My Communication—Tell about Your Communication Style
Lesson Plan #4: My Communication
My Speech Skills
My Communication Style
My Journal Entries
My Tech Supports
My Cyber Safety
Key #4: My Selfie and My Favorites—Take a Selfie and Share Your Favorites
Lesson Plan #5: My Selfie and My Favorites
My Selfie and My Favorites
My Events
My Places
My Weekend Plans
My Trip Planner
My Community
My Access
My Service Ideas
My Fun and Games
My Sports
My Library
My Artwork
My Style
My Hair Care
My Interest Inventory—My Introduction
Key #5: My Self-Assessments—Know Yourself Well
Lesson Plan #6: My Self-Assessments
My Self-Assessment
My Strengths and Weaknesses
My Strengths and Weaknesses Brainstorm Chart
My Strengths and Work Web
My Strengths and Weaknesses Write-Up
Key #6: My Career Research—Find Careers That Match You
Lesson Plan #7: My Career Research
My Career Research
My Career
My Career Research Report Outline
My Career Research Write-Up
My Resume—Resume Development
My Employment Application Practice
My Interview Practice
Key #7: My Transition Plans—Know Where You’re Going
Lesson Plan #8: My Transition Plans
My Transition Plans
My Transition Pictures—Scavenger Hunt
My Transition Plan—Simplified Outline
Key #8: My IEP and Transcripts—Lead Your Own IEP
Lesson Plan #9: My IEP and Transcripts
My Student-Led IEP Meeting
My Transcripts
Key #9: My Culminating Project—Create a Great Project to Show Your Work
Lesson Plan #10: My Culminating Project
My Culminating Project—My Visual Portfolio
iMovie Project—My Script
PART II: After High School—
Key #10: My Graduation and Adult Life—Celebrate and Move On
Lesson Plan #1: My Graduation and Adult Life
My Transition and Adult Life
Key #11: My Work Information—Get Acquainted with Work
Lesson Plan #2: My Work Information
My Co-workers
My Work Conversations
My Work Assessments
My Vocational Evaluation (Example)
Key #12: My Adult Service Agencies—Connect with Supportive Agencies
Lesson Plan #3: My Adult Service Agencies
My Agencies
My Agency Experiences
Key #13: My Money—Manage Your Own Money
Lesson Plan #4: My Money
My SSI Documentation (6-Month Record Sheet)
My Budget
My Wallet
Key #14: My Independence—Enjoy Your Independence
Lesson Plan #5: My Independence
My Grocery List
My Living Space
My Roommates
My Vacation Plans
My Travel Budget
My Itinerary
My Luggage
My Transition Portfolio Notebook
Vocational Portfolio Quiz
My Vocational Evaluation (Example)
My Story—A Letter to Caregivers
My Story Questionnaire
My Journal Entries
My Weekend Plans
My Trip Planner
My Student-Led IEP Meeting
My Paragraph Development
My SSI Documentation
My Budget
My Grocery List
My Incentive Plan—Data Collection System
My Social Solutions
Key Transition Planning
My Self ID and Disclosure
My Personal Feedback to the Author

Barb Blakeslee, educator and author of the second edition of My Transition Portfolio, discusses the unique features and benefits of her “person-centered” transition program and her passion for special education in this exclusive Author Spotlight interview.

What is My Transition Portfolio program and who can benefit from this book?

My Transition Portfolio system was developed for students ages 14–21 who receive specially designed instruction within special education settings. My desire was to create a comprehensive, well-prompted system to assist students in expressing their personal preferences. I wanted them to freely share their dreams, their life story, their communication and learning styles. They are guided through the process of self-advocacy by developing their transition goals and leading portions of their own IEP meetings. Additionally, in section two of the book, I created a systematic format as a bridge to post-high school planning and independent living.

What makes My Transition Portfolio different from other special education supplemental curriculum?

There is no other transition tool available like My Transition Portfolio. Not only does it specifically target Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and link back to grade-level benchmarks in English Language Arts (ELA), but it is also person-centered in its development. It was created to draw out the dreams inside individuals who need support in expressing their needs and preferences for life after high school.

How can all of the content be easily organized for sharing with support agencies and other support providers?

The book is specifically designed to ease the burden of information sharing. Flexibility in portfolio development is made possible through the companion 3-ring binder entitled My Transition Portfolio Notebook. This three-ring binder is indexed with printed tabs to hold the personalized information from My Transition Portfolio. This option allows for organized and simple updating and tracking of the individual’s progress.

Once students fully develop their portfolio, they are encouraged to transfer that information to the My Supports App by MyKey™ Consulting found in the Apple Store and Google Play. This critical information is needed for community access. Seamless information sharing is made possible via PDF files sent by their own email on mobile devices.

Why did you develop My Transition Portfolio?

My passion in the field of special education is to see students successfully transition from high school to independent living and adulthood. Teaching in public high school and in adult transition programs provided eye-opening experiences. I’ve recognized the need for a specific method to support students in making their “voices” known and heard. Sharing their individualized preferences with members of their team is essential to meeting their needs and gaining support to reach their self-directed goals and potential.

What if there are questions about the curriculum?

You can always visit for updates and/or contact me directly at

For additional information about author Barb Blakeslee, visit her author page.

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