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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
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.
Save the Date - Transition Leadership Institute (TLI) - June 9-11, 2024 - More information to come!
Post-School Outcome (PSO) Interview (Indicator 14) Training Series for Transition Administrators/Team Leads
PSO Interview Data Dig
Facilitated by: Charlotte Alverson and Jacque Hyatt – National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
What: We will meticulously explore and analyze your PSO data set to discover patterns, meaningful insights, and valuable knowledge to deepen your understanding of your data landscape to assist in guiding program decisions.
When: Thursday, February 22, 2024, 10-11:30 am (only)
Peer-to-Peer Sharing – Increasing student response rates
What: Were you successful in contacting students in your sample? Or was it challenging? Whether you were successful or experienced challenges, your colleagues need to hear from you. Please join this important conversation to share what strategies worked for you.
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 7-8 am OR 3-4 pm
PSO Data Collection Process
What: indicator 14 measures AU and state performance on the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment of students with IEPs. Learn how this process is conducted within our state and we will share some of the frequently asked questions.
When: Wednesday, April 10, 7-8 am OR 3-4 pm
Demystifying the PSO Interview Process: Interviewer Training: Q & A
What: Learn strategies to enhance communication and understanding and reduce misunderstandings during the PSO interview process.
When: Thursday, May 9, 8-9 am (only)
Transition Training for Parents
Our 10-part training series and supporting documents will cover the transition requirements and process in detail. We want to equip parents, students, and staff to design and implement a meaningful transition plan to successfully launch their teen into adulthood with the needed support and services to achieve their dreams!
2023-2024 Transition Action Plans - Check & Connect
Gail Lott will be holding virtual "Check & Connects" of Transition Action Plans developed during the Transition Leadership Institute. Check and Connect provides an opportunity for AU personnel to update and monitor progress on their transition action plans. Check and Connect also clarifies processes within the transition programming tool and provides opportunities for interaction with the state and national transition experts.
- Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 – CDE facilitates AU Check & Connect (progress monitoring) (team leads only) 8:00 - 9:00 am
- Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 – AUs evaluate and finalize your plan (team leads only) 8:00-9:00 am
Stayed tuned for more dates to come!
This training will be a focused, intensive two-day train-the-trainer model to build a deep and sustainable training skill set in a smaller but select group of AU leaders. The goal is to support AU leaders who are responsible for training local teams. This may be a director, assistant director, coordinator, team lead, or school psychologist... the titles are less important than each individual's ability to train others and to make an impact in your AU.
Post-School Outcomes (PSO) (Indicator 14)
- Samples available May 1, 2024
- Interview Window Opens: June 1, 2024
- Interview Window Closes: September 30, 2024
(Interviews complete and information recorded in DMS)
PSO Interview Postcards
The Post School Outcomes Interview Postcards are now available upon request: Request PSO Interview Post Cards (Google Doc)
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?
Secondary Transition Training Events
Please reference the Secondary Transition Support Trainings and Opportunities (PDF) to view the various professional development and technical assistance opportunities available upon request.
- Secondary Transition Support Trainings and Opportunities (PDF)
- Secondary Transition Training Request Form (Google Doc)
State Toolkit for Examining Post-School Success (STEPSS)
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.
- Module 3 is a six-part series about secondary transition planning.
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.
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.
2023 Transition Leadership Institute
Gail Lott, Ed.D.
Principal Consultant / Secondary Transition Specialist
Email Gail Lott
Phone: (303) 501-0347
Principal Consultant / Inter-Agency Transition Liaison
Email Katie Oliver
Phone: (720) 413-4006
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