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Secondary Transition Professional Development


Upcoming Events

Professional Development Series

This Professional Development Series is a collaborative effort from the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) of Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the state office for Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Colorado, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and the National Alliance for Partnership in Equity (NAPE). This series includes four virtual training sessions of two separate and required topics.

This series is offered for a cohort of up to 50 participants each session. Sessions will take place in the Spring of 2022.

Dates by Session Topic: 

Micro Messaging to Reach and Teach Every Student (choose one date)

  • January 19, 2022, from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • February 4, 2022, from 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Inspiring Courage to Excel through Self-Efficacy (choose one - either one all-day session or two half-day sessions)

  • January 20, 2022 (Full session) from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • February 18, 2022 (Part I) from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM AND March 4 (Part II) from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Training Details: 

  • Due to NAPE’S training policies, these sessions will not be recorded nor archived. These sessions are only offered LIVE!
  • Participants are expected to participate in all the trainings.
  • This professional development opportunity is being offered at no cost to school district personnel! 


This series is currently full. 

Waitlist for the Professional Development Series

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Person-Centered Planning

Join us in learning how to seamlessly incorporate Person-Centered Planning into your current transition processes. Person-Centered Planning is a process that helps students with disabilities plan for their future while also promoting self-determination. Participants will learn planning strategies to help students identify their dreams, strengths, preferences, interests, and needs. 

Sessions will include an overview of Person-Centered Planning and practice using a variety of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) tools to help students reach their potential and their dreams.


In order to receive twelve (12) CDE contact hours (no partial credit available), participants must:

  • Attend the four (4) full 1.5-hour trainings.
  • Complete all session assignments (action plan with at least one student)

Dates & Time:

Each training will be held from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM on the following dates: 

  • February 3, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • February 23, 2022
  • March 3, 2022


Registration will be open through January 20, 2022, or until the course is full.

Transition Action Plans: Check and Connect

Gail Lott will be holding virtual "Check & Connects". 

Dates & Times: 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on the following dates:

  • October 6, 2021 - Technical Soundness Check - CANCELLED
  • December 8, 2021 
  • March 9, 2022
  • May 11, 2022 - Close/Finalize Plans


Registration will close at 10 am the day before.

Register for Check and Connect

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Training and Technical Assistance By-Request

The live trainings in this section can be provided by request to a school, district, or BOCES. Fill out the Secondary Transition Training Request Form (Google Doc) to schedule a training fine-tuned to your organization's needs. CDE contact hours are available. 

Training Request Form (Google Doc)

Improving Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Students with Disabilities to Improve Employment Outcomes

This training would focus on how to create competitive, integrated work-based learning opportunities for students within the school/district or in the community. The training will focus on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements, pre-employment transition services, and connecting with local partners without supplanting but enhancing work awareness, exploration, and preparation activities for better student outcomes.

Length: 1 to 2.5 hours 

Format: In Person or Virtually

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Incorporating Functional Capacities in IEP Writing and Related Education Reports.

Writing IEPs can be challenging. Let us help you with language that can assist students to access those adult services you are linking them to. Eligibility and service provision for adult agencies can be aided with the use of recent assessment information from related education service providers (i.e. VT, Deaf/HOH, OT, PT, ST, nurse, psychologist, school counselors, etc.) and IEPs that demonstrate a student’s current functioning level.

Length: 1 to 1.5 hours

Format: In Person or Virtually

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Introduction to Secondary Transition Requirements

The presenters will introduce the secondary transition IEP requirements for meeting Indicator 13 responsibilities. Participants will engage in interactive activities to become proficient in understanding the requirements using the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) compliance checklist to meet IDEA requirements. This presentation is for those new to IEP teams that are involved in the transition planning process within the IEP and those choosing to refresh their understanding of the requirements.

Length: 2.5  to 3 hours

Format: In Person 

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Partnering to Review Transition IEPs for Indicator 13 Compliance

Conduct side-by-side Secondary Transition IEP file reviews with CDE staff to build capacity of local teams in recognizing the elements of a compliant IEP.

Length: Varies on number of IEP files

Format: In Person or Virtually

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Quarterly Check and Connects (progress monitoring) for Transition Action Plans

This webinar will walk teams through the process of evaluating progress on meeting the goals set in their Transition Action Plans.

Length: 2.5 - 3 hours

Format: Virtually

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Strategies to Analyze Post-School Outcome Data

What do the results of the PSO Survey tell us about students with disabilities who have been out of school for a year and their engagement in higher education, competitive employment, some other postsecondary education/training or employment? Do certain students do better, if so which ones? How do I access my school’s PSO results? Do students from my school have results similar to students throughout Colorado? Participants will understand what state and local results indicate and how to use PSO Survey results as part of an ongoing data based decision-making process.

Length: 1.5 hours

Format: In Person or Virtually

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Triangulating Annual Goals Using Academic and Employment Standards

This interactive workshop will teach participants a proven method for writing compliant, legally defensible and most of all meaningful and linked annual IEP goals designed to promote movement toward the post-secondary goal.

Length: 2.5-3 hours

Format: In Person only

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Understanding WIOA and the Impacts on All Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has great things in store for ALL students with disabilities. Come learn who meets the definition of a student with a disability (it's not just those on an IEP), about pre-employment transition services, when to refer to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and how to partner with DVR for improved postsecondary outcomes.

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

Format: In Person or Virtually

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Using Graduation, Dropout, and Post-School Outcome Data to Improve Practices

During this training, participants will examine graduation, dropout, and post-school outcome data, assess progress toward meeting targets in each area, select predictors of post-school success, and develop an action plan designed to improve in-school secondary transition programs for students with disabilities. This training requires follow up meetings to discuss progress towards meeting goals identified in the action plan. 

Length: 4 - 5 hours

Format: In Person only. This training requires more than one meeting. 

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Using a Self-Assessment Tool for Secondary Transition Program Evaluation

Teams will be guided through completing the following tools to evaluate their local transition programs: the Predictor Implementation Self-Assessment Tool from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or the Quality Indicators of Exemplary Transition Programs Needs Assessment Instrument (QI-2) from the Transition Coalition. Following completion of the 7/27/2017 2:22 PM tool, teams will be guided through a discussion and gap analysis to identify opportunities to improve policies and/or programs in meeting the transition needs of their secondary education students

Length: 2.5 - 3 hours

Format: In Person 

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Writing a Secondary Transition IEP Using Evidence-Based Practice

This interactive workshop assists participants in applying information from previous secondary transition training(s) conducted by our CDE/ESSU secondary transition specialists. The expectation is that participants attending this training will come with a foundational knowledge of Indicator 13 secondary transition IEP requirements. This workshop will go beyond compliance requirements with evidence-based best practices for a meaningful transition planning process within the IEP for students with disabilities. CDE/ESSU specialists will assist participants with hands-on activities to participate in the transition planning process and, as appropriate, to review their own IEPs using the NTACT checklist to improve student postsecondary outcomes.

Length: 2.5 - 3 Hours Minimum

Format: In Person  

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Past Recordings

Coming Soon! 


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For more information, please contact:

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

Katie Oliver
Principal Consultant / Inter-Agency Transition Liaison
Email Katie Oliver
Phone: (303) 866-6701

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