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Subject: Post-Secondary Transition: Opportunity to Participate in the Transition Outcomes Program (TOP)-NEW

Source: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Secondary Special Education Teachers, Transition Coordinators, Superintendents, Special Education Directors, Principals

Date: September 17, 2010

Due Date: October 8, 2010

The TOP (Transition Outcomes Project) model is research-based and assists school districts in meeting transition service requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  It provides specific training and resource materials on the post-secondary transition process for educators, administrators, adult agency personnel, and students.

Implementation of TOP is one of Missouri's improvement activities for State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 13 (post-secondary transition goals/checklist) through the use of IEP reviews, collecting baseline data, the establishment of targets and strategies, and improving graduation rates, and post-school outcomes of students with disabilities.  This researched-based model is currently being used in 27 states and territories.  All districts are encouraged to participate in TOP for the 2010-11 school year.  Districts who are identified as low performing for SPP Indicator 13 may participate for FREE.  Districts will be provided with introductory training and ongoing technical assistance through the Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) consultants and Dr. Ed O'Leary.  The trainings will be arranged at the regional level.  Please contact your RPDC consultants for details concerning training dates and cost.

Additional information and the request for participation may be accessed at: http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/documents/TOPS2011.pdf.  

Requests may be faxed to Barb Gilpin or Dan Gordon at 573-526-5946. The deadline for submission is October 8, 2010.

If you have questions concerning the process, please contact: Barb Gilpin, Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov - 573-751-7661 or Dan Gordon, Dan.Gordon@dese.mo.gov - 573-751-0185.