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 [email protected].

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

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