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Tammy Burns

Engaging Families in Transition Planning
Tammy Burns, M.Ed.

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This webcast is worth 1 CRC credit.

In this webcast, Tammy Burns will discuss the role of parents in planning for their child's future.  She will review the concepts of family engagement and family involvement and provide examples of each.  She will also discuss ways in which the family has an impact on student outcomes.  Finally, Tammy will identify the benefits of transition planning and provide tips for practitioners. 

Learning objectives:

Define family engagement and family involvement
Provide examples of family engagement and family involvement
Discuss the impact of family on student outcomes
Describe the benefits of engaging in transition planning

Presenter Bio:
Tammy Burns is the Project Manager at PEATC, Virginia's Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. Tammy received her BA from Virginia Tech in Elementary Education and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Chesterfield County. She attended many IEP meetings as a teacher, but then in 2000 when her middle son Jared was diagnosed with autism, Tammy experienced IEP meetings from the “other side of the table.” Because of this, Tammy decided to pursue her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from Arizona State. Tammy also graduated from Virginia’s Partners in Policymaking program where she developed a very successful IEP Boot Camp for parents as her culminating project. Tammy is passionate about empowering individuals with disabilities and their parents/guardians with the knowledge and tools that they need as they transition to adulthood.