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Subject: Post-Secondary Transition Services/Expert Advice/Transition Community of Practice
Source: Barb Gilpin, Interim Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Educators, Vocational Coordinators, Regional Consultants, and others interested in post-secondary transition

Date: September 18, 2007

DESE has been contracting with The Transition Coalition of the University of Kansas to work on post-secondary transition issues in the state. The Coalition in collaboration with DESE has developed a FREE online Community of Practice devoted to topics around transition planning. Educators, vocational coordinators, regional consultants, and anyone interested in transition are welcome to join the community to share resources, ask questions, and collaborate.

For a two-week period, October 1-14, 2007, Gary Clark, Ed.D., a national expert in transition planning and assessment, will be joining the Missouri Community of Practice to answer questions generated by you.
Dr. Clark has been in the field of transition for 50 years, is co-author of the Transition Planning Inventory, and has a background as a classroom teacher, vocational rehabilitation counselor, and college professor. His research interests include transition education and services, transition planning assessment, and secondary special education.

Dr. Clark will be sharing information and resources including:
> What we need to know about students for transition planning and why;
> Identifying and planning for the comprehensive transition needs of
> Formal and informal assessment in the transition planning process;
> Using the Transition Planning Inventory for IEP planning.

Instructions for access can be found at:  http://www2.ku.edu/cgiwrap/tccop/cop/index.php.

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