Monday, November 18, 2013

Leaders for Life: No Limits, No Boundaries - Williamsburg, VA

Our daughter spoke at the International DCDT Conference!
Today is her Dad's 65 birthday and he is so proud of her...
Kennda (Varnell) Miller was one of the featured program speakers at the International Division on Career Development and Transition Conference (DCDT) in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference Leaders for Life: No Limits, No Boundaries was sponsored by the DCDT in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education.
  Ms. Miller graduated from Weatherford High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma. Miller was one of nine Transition Scholars chosen from thirty-two applicants to take part in the first Transition Degree program at OU. She is a Special Education Teacher at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  Miller and her fellow scholar project partner, Bruce Young from Francis Tuttle Vocational Technical School, made the presentation at last year’s Oklahoma Transition Institute and were ask to present the same program at the International DCDT Conference this year. The program “High School Plan of Study beyond 4 Years,” was a focus on the importance of strategic planning, collaborative partnerships and effective transition programs for students attending high school more than the typical four years. This planning process is vastly different than what is happening currently in high school transition programs.

  This program worked in conjunction with the current emphasis in the educational system nationwide to plan for every student’s transition plan from school to adulthood in either a work career or postsecondary education path. Studies have found that it is important to plan and to start planning early to help student’s make a successful transition from school to real world situations. The transition planning should be done for all students with or without disabilities to ensure a successful future.

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