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Subject: Transition/Volunteers Needed to Serve as Transition Liaisons

Source: Barb Gilpin, Interim Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Secondary Special Education Teachers, Special Education Directors, Building Administrators, Superintendents, Work Experience Coordinators

Date: January 4, 2008

DESE and the Transition Coalition are now recruiting school personnel to become Transition Liaisons across Missouri.  We need your assistance at the local level to improve transition education and services throughout the state.

Missouri Transition Liaisons will devote time and energy to improve transition outcomes for Missouri students through increased communication and collaboration with the Regional Professional Development Centers, the Transition Coalition, and DESE.  The goal for the development of Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level.  Liaisons will provide input into statewide guidance documents and forms; review professional development trainings and resources; collaborate with other transition liaisons, RPDC Consultants, Transition Coalition, and DESE; and, disseminate information at both the district and regional level to develop a collaborative group of colleagues.

Transition Liaisons will participate in one 2-day training during the school year and will participate in the planning and/or presentation of the State Transition Institute to be held July 20-22, 2008, in Springfield.  Districts will be compensated for the cost of that participation.

To be considered as a Transition Liaison, please complete and return the application found at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/, click on Missouri Transition Liaison Program under the bulletin board. 

You may email it as an attachment to Pattie Noonan at pnoonan@ku.edu or fax it to her at 785-864-4149.  Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2008, for consideration.

If you have further questions, you may contact Pattie Noonan at 785-864-0593 or Barb Gilpin at 573-751-7661.

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