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Secondary Transition

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.

View the Secondary
Transition & COVID Resources 

Secondary Transition Listserv

The Secondary Transition has three listservs which shares resources.  The first listserv, TTL, provides training opportunities and information including current trends, research, and ongoing topics of interest related transition for transition coordinators, special education teachers, transition team leads, agency providers, parents etc. The second listserv, KTR, provides information and updates to special education directors and assistant directors. The third listserv, 18-21, provides updates and information to the 18-21 transition service providers. The purpose of these listservs is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will better the lives of students in Secondary Transition and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the Transition Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

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Join The KTR Listserv

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Join The 18-21 Listserv

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Listserv Disclaimer:

A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv. These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The identification or description is for the purpose of providing information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement. Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.

What's New!

Save the Date - Transition Leadership Institute (TLI)

June 9-11, 2024 - Transition Leadership Institute 2024 Information

Post-School Outcome (PSO) Interview (Indicator 14) Training Series for Transition Administrators/Team Leads

Save The Date for Training Series

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 22nd, 2024, 10:00 am to 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 13th 2024, 7:00 am to 8:00 am OR 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Access the 7:00 am Peer to Peer Sharing Meeting (Zoom link)

Access the 3:00 pm Peer to Peer Sharing Meeting (Zoom Link)

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 10th, 7:00 to 8:00 am OR 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Access the 7:00 am Data Collection Process meeting (Zoom link)

Access the 3:00 pm Data Collection Process meeting (Zoom link)

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 9th, 8:00 am to 9:00 am (only)

Access for the 8:00 am Interviewer Training Q&A (Zoom link)

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

2023-2024 Secondary Transition Regional Meetings - Administrators and Transition Leads ONLY

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)

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.
  • 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.

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.

Additional Information:

2023 Transition Leadership Institute 

Find all the details about the 2023 Transition Leadership Institute here

Team Members

Gail Lott, Ed.D.
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
Berta Schlachet
Program Support Assistant


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