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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Secondary Transition Office Hours

Gail Lott will offer office hours on the following Wednesdays:

  • January 20, 2021 from 2:30pm to 4:30 pm
  • February 3, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 pm
  • February 17, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • March 3, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • April 14, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • April 28, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Register for the
Transition Meeting

Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Tuesday) each Wednesday office hours session.

Providing Secondary Transition Services During COVID

Our team has collected resources and tools specific to secondary transition that may be useful as you plan for students.

View the Secondary
Transition & COVID Resources 

What is Secondary Transition?  It is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school and can be thought of as a bridge between school programs and the opportunities of adult life, including higher education or training, employment, independent living and community participation.  Transition planning provides opportunities for students with disabilities to experience positive post-school outcomes, such as:

  • higher graduation rate
  • lower dropout rates
  • increased enrollment in colleges and universities
  • higher rates of competitive employment
  • increase levels of independence

What's New!

2021 Virtual Transition Leadership Institute - Call for Presentations

We are currently accepting presentation proposals for the Virtual Transition Leadership Institute 2021. The conference focus is on local, state, and national perspectives and best practices to support improved outcomes for students with disabilities through the application equitable, effective practices and interagency collaboration. All accepted presentations will be related to the provision of secondary transition services for transition-aged youth ages 15-21.

Due to the virtual nature of the conference, all presenters need to be comfortable with Zoom and its functionalities as well as creating and presenting interactive online presentations that keep attendees engaged. We ask that you plan to include elements such as break out rooms, polling, annotation tools, and other interactive digital activities.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2021

Call for Presentations

Monthly Transition Talks

Each month, the CDE Secondary Transition Specialist will host Transition Talks covering a variety of topics related to effective secondary transition planning.  Visit the Transition Talks webpage for dates and additional information.

Regional Meetings for Secondary Transition Personnel - We Need to Hear from You!

  • What is going on in your region?
  • What topics are relevant to you?
  • What challenges are you facing?
  • How might your state transition team assist you?

Please share your needs via the Secondary Transition Providers link.

Secondary Transition 101: Writing Meaningful IEPs

  • Module 1 provides an introduction to secondary transition requirements.
  • Module 2 provides an introduction to components of meaningful secondary transition IEPs.

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Transition Leadership Institute (TLI) 2020

The Exceptional Student Services Secondary Transition Team would like to thank everyone who attended the 2020 Virtual Transition Leadership Institute June 10-12, 2020.  What a privilege it was to host so many passionate secondary transition service providers! Information from this year's event may be accessed by visiting the TLI webpage.

Secondary Transition Trainings

Please reference the Secondary Transition Support Trainings and Opportunities (PDF) to view the various professional development and technical assistance opportunities available upon request. 

State Toolkit for Examining Post-School Success (STEPSS)

Recorded Webinar: Assistive Technology for Employment: An Introduction to Technology Options to Support Transitioning Youth

Jim Sandstrum provides an overview and introduction to Assistive Technologies, which have the potential to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities as they enter the workforce. Demonstration and examples include options in support of cognitive function, vision, hearing, mobility and mental health.

View the training

Recorded Training: Writing Post-School Goals for Students with Significant Support Needs

Writing employment and training post-school goals for students with significant/complex needs is very challenging.  This training offers guidance and examples to consider when writing post-school goals for students with significant/complex support needs. 

Participants will learn: 

  • how to develop PSGs for students with significant/complex support needs.
  • to consider what a meaningful day means when developing PSGs.
  • to consider natural and community supports to meet students’ needs.

View the training.

Team Members

Gail Lott, EdD
Senior Consultant/Secondary Transition
Email Gail Lott
Phone: (303) 866-6721

Roberta Curtis
Program Support Assistant
Phone: (303) 866-6883

Katie Oliver
Secondary Transition Specialist, SWAP
Email Katie Oliver
Phone: (303) 866-6701


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