Postsecondary Transition

Postsecondary Transition

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A comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs.

2024 Transition Training Institute
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REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE JUNE 21. Please click on link below to register.

Meet our 2024 TTI Keynote Speaker, Sam Glenn.

The 2024 Transition Training Institute will be held from June 26-28, 2024, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. Click here to register.

Registration fee is $150. 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. Registration fee is non-refundable, but substitutes will be allowed. If mailing your registration fee in advance of the conference, mail to: Custom Meeting Planners, PO Box 30785, Columbia, MO 65205, making sure to list the names of all registrants that the check or money order represents. Onsite registration will begin Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. and will open again on Thursday, June 27, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

All expenses related to meals and lodging will be incurred by the individual registering. 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 of $103 on a first-come-first-serve basis. A tax exempt letter must be provided to the hotel to receive the discounted rate. This rate is available until May 26, 2024, and is based on availability. The group code to use when making your reservation is TTI. There are three ways to book your room reservation:

Call 573-445-8531 directly and ask for reservations for the Transition Training Institute using the group code TTI24. Call 1-800-HOLIDAY central reservations and request to book at the Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia Mall, Columbia, MO. Click here to book online.

If you have additional questions, please contact Marsha Campe at 573-751-2512 or

Handouts are now available for participants to upload and print prior to the conference. You will want to check back periodically for updates and additional postings.  

Please Note: Those planning to attend any of the Compliance Form C Strand (1H; 2H; 3G; 4G; 5G; 6G; 7F; 7H) need only to print one set of the following forms that support Drew through the postsecondary transition process:

Breakout Session 1
Wednesday, June 26 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Additional Handouts


PowerPoint Slides HandoutBuilding a Path to a Better Life - Employment and Training Options - Lindsay Thomas



Empower Your Transition - Mastering Daily Living With the Color-Coded Chef - Terry Jordan


 Community Partnerships, Work Experience, and More! - Kayla Pratte


PowerPoint Slides HandoutEmpower Adults Through Self-Advocacy for Decision Making, Housing, Work, and Safety - Julia Chaney Faughn


PowerPoint Slides HandoutTransitioning From School to Adult Life - If We Don't Know Where We Are Going, Any Road Will Lead Us There - Wayne Crawford


PowerPoint Slides HandoutCustomized Employment Partnerships - Dana Flournoy McGaw


PowerPoint Slides HandoutSupported Decision-Making as a Path to Self-Determination and Advocacy - Jane St. John


PowerPoint Slides HandoutForm C - The Evolution of Drew From School to Career - Stacie Holt

Breakout Session 2
Thursday, June 27 - 10:45-11:45 a.m.



Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Facilitating Opportunities for Students with Special Needs in Career and Technical Education (CTE) - Dr. Amy Herrman


PowerPoint Slides HandoutBeyond Guardianship - Innovative Pathways for Transition-Age Youths - Jennifer Hulme



Missouri Connections - Junior Version - Jackie Marling


PowerPoint Slides HandoutEmployment First - A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment - Anne Hochstein


 Self-Advocacy Training for Youths and Young Adults in Transition - Insights from Missouri's Community of Practices - Wen Zeng


 Charting the LifeCourse to Healthy Adult Living - Jane St. John


PowerPoint Slides HandoutThe Rules of the Road: Achieving Independence by Preparing for and Passing the State's Written Driver Test - Darin Stageberg


PowerPoint Slides HandoutStudent Involvement - The Evolution of Drew the Student - Kathy Daniel

Breakout Session 3
Thursday, June 27 - 1:15-2:15 p.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


 Youth Disability Panel


PowerPoint Slides HandoutStriving for Tomorrow - Transition to Employment for Students with Autism - Cortney Fish


PowerPoint Slides HandoutTransition Planning Made Easy - Using Missouri Connections for Assessment and Services - Samantha Cole


 Training Adolescents in Relevant, Goal-Oriented Educational Transitions and Skills (TARGETS) - Mickey Shirley


 Transition? It's a Family Tradition - Zach McCall


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Benefits and Work Made Simple - SSI - Sandy Keyser


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Transition Assessments and Activities - The Evolution of Drew From Student to Career - Jana Locke


PowerPoint Slides HandoutPre-Employment Transition Services for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired - Kevin Kellerkern

Breakout Session 4
Thursday, June 27 - 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


 Employer Panel


PowerPoint Slides HandoutCommunity Engagement at L.I.F.E. University - What We Learned in Our Second Year - Vivian McKinney


 Why Did Johnny Steal the Chicken? Strategies for Challenging the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Kim Albecht


PowerPoint Slides HandoutCustomize a Meaningful Day (Job One) - Jeff Carpenter


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Work-Ready Behavior Framework - Elizabeth Merideth


PowerPoint Slides HandoutLearning by Doing - A Showcase of Successful Apprenticeship Models in Education - Marci Dowdy


PowerPoint Slides HandoutThe Impact of Postsecondary Goals - The Evolution of Drew's Dreams to Reality - Bailey Tennesen


 Ticket to Work - How Earned Income Impacts SSI - John Scalise

Breakout Session 5
Thursday, June 27 - 3:45-4:45 p.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


 College Panel - Postsecondary Transition


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Student Success - A Story of Partnership - Anna Bryant


PowerPoint Slides HandoutEssential Components of Community-Based Work Experiences for Students with Intellectual Disability - Magen Rooney-Kron



Unleash Your Potential - Learn How Using the Color-Coded Chef Can Lead to Employment Opportunities - Terri Jordan


 Can You Hear Me? It's My IEP! - Carrie Ragsdale


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Benefits and Work Made Simple - SSDI - Sandy Keyser


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Annual Goals in Relation to Postsecondary Transition - The Evolution of Drew (Who, What, When, Where, and How She Will Achieve Her Dream Career?) - Kathy Daniel


PowerPoint Slides Handout

How Assistive Technology Can Help With Transitioning in All Aspects of Life - Aaron Milligan

Breakout Session 6
Friday, June 28 - 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


 A Regional Transition Network Town Hall


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Bridge to Success - Peggy Shelton


PowerPoint Slides HandoutCenters for Independent Living - Missouri's Hidden Transition Resource: Connecting with Centers for Independent Living as a Resource for Transitioning Students - Karen Gridley


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Work-Ready Behavior Framework - Elizabeth Merideth 
(Repeat Session from 4E, Thursday, June 27th)


PowerPoint Slides HandoutUnified Champion Schools Make a More Inclusive Future - Emma Thomas


 Listen Up! Youth Voice Strategies - Zach McCall


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Individual Career and Academic Plan - The Evolution of Drew (Did She Create and Follow a Good Map?) - Dawn Luchtenberg


 Food and Gardening as Enrichment - Billy Polansky

Breakout Session 7
Friday, June 28 - 10:45-11:45 a.m.


Session PP Slides Handout

Session Title/Presenter/Session Handouts


PowerPoint Slides Handout

What Accommodations and Modifications Look Like in Career Technical Education (CTE) - Dr. Amy Herrman


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Social-Emotional Learning Overview - Tanya Grant


PowerPoint Slides HandoutThe Question Concerning Technology and Transition - David Baker


PowerPoint Slides HandoutThe Rules of the Road: Achieving Independence by Preparing for and Passing the State's Written Driver Test - Darin Stageberg
(Repeat Session from 2G, Thursday, June 27)


PowerPoint Slides HandoutCenters for Independent Living - Missouri's Hidden Transition Resource: Connecting with Centers for Independent Living as a Resource for Transitioning Students - Karen Gridley (Repeated Session from 6C, Friday, June 28)


PowerPoint Slides Handout

Indicator 14 - Where Are They Now and Why Do You Need to Know? (The Evolution of Drew - Where is She Now?) - Tori Chance


PowerPoint Slides HandoutPartnership Building to Improve Employment, Continuing Education, and Social Opportunities for Students - Cindy Lange


PowerPoint Slides HandoutForm C - The Evolution of Drew From School to Career - Stacie Holt
(Repeat of 1H, Wednesday, June 26)


Missouri Transition Planning - Resource Locator

This document provides recommended resources, services, and activities for students with disabilities as they prepare for life after high school.

Transition Resource Locator

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) is a state transition team, which addresses 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. The MITT Collaborative Programs and Projects is currently being revised and updated. Once finalized, you will find the link posted here. This booklet will provide information regarding the various agencies that are represented by the members of the MITT.  

  • Membership List (Currently being updated) Please check back.  
2024-25 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting 
To be posted soon. Please check back. Thank you.
Transition 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.

2024-25 Missouri Transition Liaison Map with Contacts

Social-Emotional Learning for All (SEL-A)

Social-Emotional Learning for All (formerly 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. 

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).

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offers no-cost transition services to Missouri public school students with disabilities, ages 16-21, who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services are designed to make an impactful difference for students with disabilities at an earlier age which leads to better coordination, enhanced communication, stronger collaboration, and increased successful post-school outcomes.

Pre-ETS is contracted by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation 

Vocational Rehabilitation
If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping, or advancing in a job, VR may be able to help.

Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services MO: Simply Said - YouTube