Due to the COVID-19 guidelines we have cancelled the 2020 Transition Training Institute scheduled for June 22-25, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. We will offer virtual opportunities for some of the planned content. We will provide further information on the DESE website and in the Special Education Listserv (SELS). Also, if you had made reservations at Holiday Inn, Columbia, Missouri in order to attend the institute, your reservations have been cancelled.
The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) was formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & 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.
- Membership List (April 2020)
- Meeting Schedule
- Profiles and Projects (January 2020)
- MITT Agency Representation Chart (January 2020)
|2020 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.|
|For more information highlighting agency descriptions, services, programs and projects that these agencies provide, see Projects & Profiles. (Coming Soon)|
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.
- 2019-20 Liaisons - Last update 12/19
Missouri Postsecondary Success (MPSS) is a multi-year transition and college and career competency (CCC) improvement initiative that provides face-to-face professional development and online support to interdisciplinary high school teams. Teams learn to effectively teach and sustain the development of competencies which lead to success in both career and college settings. Teams analyze data, choose evidence based instruction and work with stakeholders to provide ongoing supports to students as a part of the classroom experience. An overview and description of the MPSS initiative can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mopostsecondarysuccess/.
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.
- Early Warning Indicators
- "How Early Warning Systems Can Help Your Students and School Succeed" (37-minute video presented by Dr. Robert Balfanz)
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) or Dr. Barb Gilpin, Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-7661.