The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Transition Coalition are recruiting school personnel to join the Missouri Transition Liaisons in specific areas of the state. We need your assistance at the local level to improve transition education and services throughout the state. We are focusing on filling Liaison vacancies in RPDC Regions 1, 4, 5, 6, and 9. If you or someone you know would like to become a Missouri Transition Liaison, please complete the Transition Liaison Application and submit by September 18, 2013.
- Transition Coalition
- RPDC Transition Consultants
- Missouri Transition Liaisons
- Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)
- Community Transition Teams (CTTs)
- Transition Outcomes Project (TOP)
The Transition Coalition provides free online training modules created specifically for Missouri. These modules include Missouri information, resources, forms and policies. There are also numerous practitioner-friendly resources and materials available. The Transition Coalition is a contractor with DESE to provide online and face-to-face training and professional development opportunities for Missouri secondary special educators.
Each of the nine regions of Missouri has a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant who specializes in transition. These consultants provide regional and local trainings on Transition Planning and the Updated Form C, Transition Assessment, and other transition topics. They also provide a range of other consulting and continuous improvement services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators and school districts.
The Missouri Transition Liaison program was developed in 2007-2008 to identify secondary transition professionals from across Missouri who are leaders in the area of transition. Missouri Transition Liaisons devote time and energy to improving transition services in Missouri through increased communication and collaboration with the Regional Professional Development Centers, the Transition Coalition, and DESE. The goal for Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level. Liaisons provide input into statewide guidance documents and forms, review professional development trainings and resources, collaborate with other transition liaisons, RPDC Consultants, Transition Coalition and the DESE. They disseminate information at both the district and regional level to develop a collaborative network of colleagues. For more information, please contact Barb Gilpin at the DESE at Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or Linda Cantrell at lindacantrell.ku.edu.
The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) was formed in 2007 to promote interagency collaboration in Missouri at the state-level by establishing a group vision for improving outcomes for young adults with disabilities. The MITT, consisting of diverse state-level membership (see membership table), meets monthly to share resources, develop goals and promote concrete activities to improved transition education and services.
Community Transition Teams (CTT's) elevate community awareness of and commitment to the improvement of post-secondary outcomes of youth with disabilities. Since 2008, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the KU Transition Coalition have partnered to develop and train 42 CTT's across Missouri. This process is accomplished with the collaboration of school personnel, students, families, and community stakeholders to provide seamless and transparent management of staff and resources. The University of Kansas Transition Coalition provides ongoing technical assistance to the CTT's in their development, training, and in meeting the goals of their strategic plans. During the 2014 school year, training will not be held to develop new teams. Instead, focus is on technical assistance for sustainability. For more information about CTT's, go to www.missouritransition.org.
Dr. Ed O’Leary has created the TOP approach to assisting districts throughout the country to meet the IDEA and Indicator 13 transition requirements. DESE has brought Dr. O’Leary and the TOP model to Missouri and about 50 districts have participated in this process including: training, reviewing IEPs, and analyzing district data generated from the IEP review. Finally, each district receives technical support and assistance in addressing needs related to meeting the transition requirements of IDEA.
- Letter and Application
- Transition Outcomes Project Map (11/2010)
- Report — Indicator 13 Over Time: Three-Year Trend Analysis for 13 Missouri Districts
This report analyzes TOP data for program effectiveness in 13 participating Missouri districts over a continuous three-year period from 2007–08 to 2009–10.