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Secondary Transition

Gail Lott will offer Secondary Transition office hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 4:30PM on the following days: 

  • November 9, 2021 - Transition Specialist Certificate
  • December 14, 2021 - Self-determination, self-advocacy, and student led IEPs
  • January 11, 2022 - PSO data discussion
  • February 8, 2022 - Guardianship and supported decision making with Jennifer Levin
  • March 8, 2022 - Family engagement and empowerment
  • April 12, 2022 - Equitable access to CTE programming for students with disabilities
  • May 10, 2022 - Critical reflection with transition service providers

Transition Office Hours

Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Monday) for each Tuesday 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!

2022 Transition Leadership Institute - Registration Now Open! 

Registration for the 15th Annual Transition Leadership Institute is open until May 25, 2022. 

Learn more and register on the 2022 TLI webpage.

Person-Centered Planning

Join us for 4 sessions, to learn how to seamlessly incorporate Person-Centered Planning into your current transition processes.

Training Dates: 

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

Learn More


Transition Action Planning - Check & Connect

Gail Lott will be holding virtual "Check & Connects" from 8:00 - 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

Register for Check and Connect

Secondary Transition Regional Meetings

The purpose of these meetings is to build the capacity of those who work with transition-aged youth by providing an opportunity for providers to network and collaborate with each other, as well as share resources, strategies, best practices, and brainstorm solutions to issues that impact their local district/administrative unit. Through these meetings, participants are kept up-to-date on changes in federal and state policies and practices that effect transition services and programming that directly influence the post school outcomes of students with disabilities.

These meetings are open to all school district transition providers.

Regional Meeting Dates:

  • North Central & Northeast Regions
    • October 6 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Western Slope Region
    • October 12 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Metro Region
    • October 21 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Pikes Peak, South Central and Southeast Regions
    • November 10 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PSO Interview Postcards

The Post School Outcomes Interview Postcards are now available for print. The PSO Interview Postcards (PDF) will be best if printed on cardstock.

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 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)

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.

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

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

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


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