Project set is a UIC based, grant funded, research and teacher preparation project. We are dedicated to enhancing transition services for Chicagoland youths, through community building and teacher preparation.
Project SET is starting to take applications for Cohort 4 starting in Summer 2015. Please check out the application HERE. Email Lindsay Athamanah at: email@example.com if you have any questions. Deadline is March 15, 2015! Good luck!
Project SET alumni, Dave Paske and Joe Duffy, have been instrumental in starting Lyons Township High School's own coffee shop, Transition Perks. "The business is student-operated and maintained to develop the skills necessary to obtain future competitive employment. The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships, vocational training programs, and additional future student-operated micro-businesses. As a separate fundraising initiative, individual students will be selling private label Transition Perks coffee cans, roasted by Stewart's Coffee, to assist with their future independent living endeavors," (Transition Perks Website, 2014). For more information about this exciting opportunity, listen to the WBBM report HERE or visit the website HERE.
Project SET is pleased to announce the graduation of the 2nd Cohort of Scholars in May 2014. They will be continuing their work in transition in their schools and districts this year along with mentoring the new scholars in Cohort 3 this year. Congratulations to Cohort #2!
Project SET is excited to welcome the third cohort into the program. They have started their classes this summer and are looking forward to an exciting year! To meet the third cohort, click HERE.
Great news! We are extending our registration to THURSDAY MAY 1, 2014 for the GET SET Conference. Breakfast, lunch, and CPDUs will be provided for this FREE transition conference! If you have any questions, please email Lindsay Athamanah, at:firstname.lastname@example.org Registration can be found HERE
The 2nd Annual GET SET Conference is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9am-3pm at the MOPD Field Office (2102 W. Ogden). Registration for this FREE event can be located on our website HERE. We have an exciting and interactive day planned talking about the field of transition for youth with disabilities. Self-advocates, youth with disabilities, teachers, business owners, administrators, government officials, and many more are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact the Project SET coordinator, Lindsay Athamanah, at:email@example.com. To access the flyer for this important civic event, click HERE
Thank you to all of you who filled out applications for the Project SET 2014 cohort! We are currently going through all of the applications and working on setting up interviews. We cannot accept any more applications at this time but we will be recruiting for the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2016 so please keep us in mind for next year! If you want to be on our email list to receive updates on applications, transition news, and activities, please email Project SET at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 Project SET Application is now available! You can access it HERE or through UIC's Department of Special Education HERE.Please email Lindsay Athamanah, project coordinator, if you have any questions - email@example.com. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!
Thank you to all those who braved the cold to learn more about Project SET and PULSSE. If you were unable to make it, please contact the project coordinators for more information. We look forward to receiving all of your applications!
Are you a special educator who wants to earn a masters degree, become a specialist in Multiple Disabilities (earn the LBS2 endorsement) and move toward multiple additional IL endorsements as a Behavior Specialist and Transition Specialist? Then PULSSE is for you! The scholarship opportunity, PULSSE (Preparing Urban Leaders in Secondary Special Education), is now available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this one-year, five semester program offered in evenings and through online course study. Please pass on this FLYER and FAQ sheet to those who may be interested in joining you!
Project SET presented a poster at the national TASH conference here in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday December 12. The poster, "Improving Transition Services in Chicago: Partnering to Make a Difference" discussed the crisis we are currently facing in transition, an overview of Project SET, and the preliminary progress we are seeing in our scholars knowledge about transition. To read the poster, click here.
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is working to link the Common Core State Standards to transition-focused education. They are gathering webinars, presentations, and participants input in their CCSS and Transition Think Tank. To see their power point presentation or webinar discussing this, click here. Another web-based discussion will be held on Monday December 9 from 3-4:30 (EST) and can be accessed click here..
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) has written a brief describing features predicting postsecondary success from early childhood through postsecondary education. It has some excellent information that can be used through students’ academic careers. Please click here.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has launched a new website called, the Family Engagement Framework Guide. It is to be used as a tool to promote collaboration between schools and families. They are asking for feedback on the website so please click here for more information.
Project SET will be presenting at the national TASH Conference in Chicago, IL. The conference will be held December 11 through December 14 at the Hilton Chicago hotel in Downtown Chicago. For more information about the conference click here.
Project SET presented two posters at the national Division on Career Development and Transition conference in Williamsburg, VA this November. One poster was titled, 'Improving Transition Services In Chicago Through Project SET' and can be found here.The second poster was titled, 'Using Community Conversations to Support Postschool Outcomes for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities' and can be found HERE. Both posters were a great success and we are looking forward to next year.To find out more about the DCDT conference click here.
Project SET hosted a booth and a session at the Illinois Statewide Transition Conference this year in Effingham, IL. It was an exciting and productive conference! For information about the IL Transition Conference click here.
The 1st GET SET Conference was held on Saturday May 18, 2013. A broad array of stakeholders engaged in enhancing post-secondary transition for students with disabilities attended. We had breakout sessions discussing employment, independent living, and post-secondary education for students with disabilities. We also had a fantastic lunch made by the Culinary Arts department at Vaughn Occupational High School. The event ended with a community conversation with personnel from the Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools, and community non-profit agencies and organizations along with families and self-advocates discussing next action steps in transition. To read more about the GET SET Conference, click here.
Project SET is pleased to announce the first cohort has graduated from the program! They will be continuing their work in transition within the community. To see pictures of the graduation, click here.
Project SET is excited to welcome the second cohort into the program. They will be starting classes in June and are looking forward to an exciting opportunity! To meet the second cohort, click here.