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2019 Transition Training Institute

2019 Transition Training Institute
Are Missouri's Students Engaged?

This year's Transition Training Institute focused on programs and structures that support students in graduating and moving toward postsecondary goals. A wide variety of sessions were offered which focused on compliance, school-based school-based enterprises, self-advocacy, employment, social/emotional intelligence and career readiness with an emphasis on lower cognitive students within each of these areas. School districts were encouraged to brings teams of individuals including both general education and special education teachers, administrators, and counselors to gather information, create action plans, and disseminate information for the coming year. We would like to thank everyone for their expertise, participation and input. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete and submit an evaluation form (below). Your feedback will assist us in planning for 2020!


 2019 Presentations and Handouts

Information noted below does not represent all sessions offered during the institute.

Presenter(s) Presentations/


Community Partners and Transition Opportunities Dawn Hesse, pre-employment transition specialist, University of Missouri; Edward Rodgers, program coordinator, Francis Howell School District
Assistive Technology and Transition: Are You Prepared? David Baker, director, Missouri Assistive Technology
Developing Industry Pathways for Students 18-21: Moving Beyond Just an Experience Aimee Pullen, Jeff Schneider, Sandra Kempf, St. Louis Special School District
B. E. S. T. (Basic Employment Skills Training) Brock Sousa, special education teacher, Leanne Knorr, special education teacher, Ted Sampson, high school principal, Hannibal School District
Making Career Technical Education (CTE) Accessible for All Students Alicia Hunt Ketterman, assistant director, Career Education Special Needs, DESE
Early Warning Signs: Use What You Already Have Patti Stenger, improvement consultant, Education Plus; Susan Hekmat, improvement consultant, Southeast RPDC
Tiered Community Based Instruction Natalie Cadena, Stephanie Peace, Waynesville School District
School-based Enterprises and Students with Most Significant Disabilities Anna Azavedo, Sarah Fuller, pre-employment transition specialists, University of Missouri; The Horizon Team: Beth Colombatto, Joanne Rainey, Kara Hecht Patrick Brady and Rebecca Romine
The Top Ten Things Agencies Wish Your Students Knew Jackie Royer, Taylor Hartman, coordinators, Pre-Employment Services, St. Louis
Engagement in Transition by Teaching Them to Think Like Entrepreneurs Loni LeForce, pre-employment transition specialist, University of Missouri
Expanding Opportunities for All in Career and Technical Education Jacob Lohse, principal, South Technical High School; Kevin Andert, manager of college readiness, St. Louis Special School District
Regional Transition Networks: Engaging Students and Parents in the Transition Process Lisa Bowles, Missouri Parents Act
Missouri Youth Leadership Forum Rachel Rackers, disability program specialist, Missouri Governors Council on Disabilities
Building Experiences for Successful Transitions Carly Paxton, special educator and Evan Theobald, intervention specialist, Jackson School District
Transitions 101: Where Do I Start? Sherry Davis, process coordinator/transition liaison, Marshfield School District
Do You Want to T.H.R.I.V.E.? A Postsecondary Program at UCM Michael Brunkhorst, director, THRIVE, University of Central Missouri
6/20/19 Transition Planning: Integrating Required Compliance with the Spirit of the Law Krista Robbins, transition specialist/process coordinator, Springfield Public Schools
Trauma Informed Approach to Increase Student Engagement Daniel Rector, statewide coach, Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support, University of Missouri
Let's Get Down to Business Ashley Stanton, special educator, St. Joseph School District
Career and Technical Resource Education Nicole Overeem and Susan Griggs, Columbia Career Technical Education
Engage Students in Transition with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Loni LeForce, pre-employment transition specialist, University of Missouri