Postsecondary Transition

Transition Training Institute - Building a Bridge to the Future


The 2021 Transition Training Institute will be held virtually from June 21-23, 2021. ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN AND IS FREE OF CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!

The institute will focus on programs and structures to support students in graduating and moving toward postsecondary goals. There will be a variety of presentations which will focus on compliance, work-based learning, self-advocacy, employment, social/emotional intelligence and career readiness with an emphasis on students with special needs. For additional information and to enroll, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact Patricia Runge at 573-751-2512 or

2020 Virtual Transition Institute Materials

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.

Gathering Transition Resources - Susan Hekmat, Southeast Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) and Dr. Jennifer Bumble, University of Missouri - St. Louis Apprenticeship 101 - Dr. Oscar Carter, Director, Skilled Technical Sciences Person Centered Transition Planning: Building a Bridge to the Good Life - Casey Wisdom, Director of Transition Services, Special School District of St. Louis County

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 & 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


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.

Missouri Transition Liaisons 2021Last update 01/21  

Missouri Postsecondary Success

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

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

Early Warning Signs

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 

A Transition Guide: To Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities