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Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition

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

  • January 10, 2023 - Engaging Multi-Lingual Families in Secondary Transition Planning
  • February 14, 2023 - Transition Assessment Resources for Transition Domains: How to Tie to Transition Services
  • March 14, 2023 - PSO Data Discussion: Using Data to Make Program Decisions
  • April 11, 2023 - Strategies to Increase Student Response Rates Preparing Students/Families for the PSO Process
  • May 2, 2023 - PSO Data Collection Process
  • May 9, 2023 - Finalize Transition Action Plan
  • Transition Office Hours 
    Registration

    All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each office hour conversation.

    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!

    2023 Transition Leadership Institute 

    We will be back in person this school year!!  Save the Date for June 12-13, 2023

    Please take our short four (4) question survey so we can plan for you!

    2023 Transition Leadership Insitute Interest Survey


    Transition Action Planning - 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.

    When:

    • September 2, 2022 - Submit the final Transition Action Plan (TAP) to the Transition Program Tool
    • November 8, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Review TAP for Technical Soundness 
    • March 8, 2023 from 9:00 - 10:00 am - Progress monitoring
    • May 9, 2023 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Close/Finalize Plans

    Registration

    Registration for each Check and Connect will close two weeks prior to each scheduled date. 

    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, 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 affect 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 - Weld Re8/Ft. Lupton
      • October 13, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
    • Pikes Peak, South Central and Southeast Regions - Pikes Peak BOCES
      • October 20, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
    • Metro Region - Phillip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock
      • November 8, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
    • Western Slope Region - Roaring Forks
      • November 10, 2022 (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 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. 

    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) 501-0347

    Katie Oliver
    Principal Consultant / Inter-Agency Transition Liaison
    Email Katie Oliver
    Phone: (720) 413-4006
     
    Maxine Newton
    Program Support Assistant
    Phone: (720)557-2809

     



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