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Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition 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

Regional Support Model

The Secondary Transition Team provides support to Administrative Units (AUs) through a regional model.  Please reference the Regional Specialist Map for Transition Specialist contact information as well as training and technical assistance opportunities that are available.

What's New!

Transition Leadership Institute (TLI) 2018

Save the Date! Flyer (PDF)

Registration Link (Google Doc)

Keystone Lodge and Condos for 2018 CDE Transition Leadership Institute
Group Code: CN818TL
Hyatt Place Keystone: Call 1-800-993-4759 reference
Group Code: G-18TL (Full breakfast buffet included in room rate)

Secondary Transition Taskforce

The mission of the Secondary Transition Taskforce is to improve outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities, by bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate, advise, and make recommendations to CDE on behalf of secondary transition service providers and young adults with disabilities and their families.

Secondary Transition Taskforce Application 2018 (PDF)

Indicator 13

2017-2018 Transition Record Reviews Indicator 13 - Memo: Overview and What's New (PDF)

PowerPoint: Indicator 13, Secondary Transition IEP Record Reviews 2017-2018 (PDF)

Indicator 14

The Post-School Outcome interview process is now complete.  Each administration unit (AU) attempted to contact every student in their PSO sample! As a State, our participation rate increased from 47.2% to 56%! (Participation rate is defined as "interview began" as the contact outcome.)  Thank you for your hard work and all that you do for Colorado students.

Indicator 14 One Page Report (PDF)

Trainings and Technical Assistance

Regional Meetings for 18-21 Transition Service Providers


Team Members

Gloria Howell
Accountability Specialist,
Secondary Transition
Email Gloria Howell
Phone: (303) 866-6885

Gail Lott
Accountability Specialist,
Secondary Transition
Email Gail Lott
Phone: (303) 866-6721

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

Cindy Petersen
Program Support Assistant
Email Cindy Petersen
Phone: (303) 866-6106


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Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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