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Postsecondary Transition

2020 Transition Training Institute - PowerPoint slides and videos are now available.

Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, the 2020 Transition Training Institute scheduled for June 22-25, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia was cancelled. PowerPoint slideshows (pdf format) and videos are now available.

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) was formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team meets quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities. MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.

2020-21 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2020-21 MITT Agency Representation Chart
While the following chart is not an exhaustive representation, the purpose is to illustrate how the MITT has developed partnerships between multiple agencies to better serve and support students with disabilities during their transition to adulthood.


Missouri Transition Liaisons are practicing teachers from across the state who devote time and energy to increasing the capacity of local level secondary special educators and districts. They work within their own districts to enhance transition practices and programs. Liaisons participate in regular trainings and meetings and disseminate information at the district and regional levels to develop a collaborative network of colleagues focused on issues related to secondary transition of youth with disabilities.

Social Emotional Learning for All (SEL-A)

Social-Emotional Learning for All (formerly Missouri Postsecondary Success Project or MPSS) is a collaborative initiative led by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Kansas Research Collaboration to develop lifelong learners who are career-equipped, and socially and emotionally engaged.

The project’s overarching goal is to provide multi-year, ongoing quality professional development to build Missouri district and school capacity to embed social-emotional competencies into core content.

Through the implementation of Social Emotional Learning for All, schools support students’ intra- and interpersonal competencies through Data Based Decision Making, Multi-Tiered Instruction and Interventions, and Collaboration. Teams analyze data, choose evidence based instruction and work with stakeholders to provide ongoing supports to students as a part of the classroom experience.

Outcomes of the project include increased intra- and interpersonal student competencies, improved academic and behavioral achievement, increased graduation rates, and improved post-school outcomes of students with and without disabilities. An overview and description of the SEL-A/MPSS initiative can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mopostsecondarysuccess/.

For additional resources or if you have questions, please contact your local Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Early Warning Signs (EWS)

Early Warning Signs is a data-driven decision-making process allowing educators to identifying students at-risk by examining the underlying causes, match interventions to student needs, and monitor the progress of interventions. EWS examines five essential areas:

  • adult advocates
  • academic support
  • classroom/social/behavioral issues
  • personalized learning environment/Instructional practice
  • necessary skills for graduation and postschool success

Using data indicators are most predictive of a given student outcome as a “warning sign” that a student is in trouble. This system allows educators to track interventions assigned to particular students and track the associations between interventions and outcome for students.

If you need additional resources or have questions, please contact your Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Check & Connect

Check & Connect is a model of sustained intervention for promoting students' engagement with school and learning. Demonstrated outcomes of Check & Connect implementation include 

  • decrease in truancy;
  • decrease in dropout rates;
  • increase in accrual of credits;
  • increase in school completion; and
  • impact on literacy.

The Check & Connect model originated from a partnership of researchers, practitioners, parents, and students led by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

If you need additional resources or have questions regarding the Check & Connect initiative and training, please contact your Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Additional Transition Resources