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Postsecondary Transition

2020 Transition Training Institute -- June 22-25, 2020 - Enrollment is now open! 

PRE-CONFERENCE IS FREE ONLY IF YOU ENROLL TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE ALSO. YOU MUST ENROLL FOR BOTH. See links below.

Pre-conference: June 22, 2020
A full day pre-conference training (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) “Walk, Talk and Navigate Compliance” will be held on June 22, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. IT will focus on all the procedural requirements for compliant transition planning and will cover all the Indicator 13 transition planning requirements. Onsite registration for the full day pre-conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. A working lunch will be provided. Attendance for the pre-conference is free if attending the Transition Training Institute and you MUST enroll for both.

Transition Training Institute:  June 23-25, 2020
The 2020 Transition Training Institute will be held June 23-25, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. The Transition Training institute will focus on programs and structures to support students in graduating and moving toward postsecondary goals. There will be a variety of presentations that will focus on, school-based enterprises, self-advocacy, employment, social/emotional intelligence, career readiness including Career Technical Education, and students with intellectual disabilities. Presentations will also include those from rural, mid-size and urban districts.  School districts are encouraged to bring 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. Registration fee is $140. The fee may be paid in advance or during onsite registration. Payment must be made using a check or money order made payable to Treasurer, State of Missouri. No purchase orders will be accepted. The registration fee is non-refundable but substitutes will be allowed. If mailing your registration fee in advance of the conference, please mail to: Lina Browner, Office of Special Education, DESE, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Indicate the name(s) of registrant(s) for whom the check or money order is paying. Onsite registration for the Transition Training Institute will begin Monday, June 22, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will open again on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. - noon. Pre-enrollment on My Learning Plan is required and must be verified at the registration table in order to receive a name badge and conference materials.

All expenses related to meals and lodging will be incurred by the district or individual participant. Participants are responsible for choosing a lodging location and making reservations. The Holiday Inn Executive Center has provided a block of rooms at the state government rate on a first-come first-serve basis. The inclusive rate if paying with a tax exempt form of payment (district card or check) is $102.75. If paying using your own personal credit card, it will be $110.41 inclusive of taxes/surcharge. The group code to use when making your reservation is TT0. There are three ways to book your room reservation:

  • Call 573-445-8531 directly and ask for reservations. Be sure to indicate you are attending the Transition Training Institute.
  • Call 1-800-HOLIDAY central reservations and request they book at the Holiday Inn Executive Center - Columbia Mall, Columbia, MO. Be sure to indicate you are attending the Transition Training Institute.
  • Book online using https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=rates&brandCode=HI&localeCode=e...
     

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Barb Gilpin at 573-751-7661 or Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov. If you need special accommodations, please contact Regina.Miller@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-0187.

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.

2019-2020 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Mental Health First Aid Training
Special time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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)

 
Liaisons

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 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 https://sites.google.com/site/mopostsecondarysuccess/.

For additional resources or if you have questions, please contact your local Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) or Dr. Barb Gilpin, Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-7661.

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) or Dr. Barb Gilpin, Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-7661.

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) or Dr. Barb Gilpin, Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-7661.  

Additional Transition Resources -- COMING SOON