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Secondary Transition

2019 Transition Training Institute June 18-20, 2019

Are Missouri's Students Engaged?

This year's Transition Training Institute focused on programs and structures that support students in graduating and moving toward postsecondary goals. A wide variety of sessions were offered which focused on compliance, school-based school-based enterprises, self-advocacy, employment, social/emotional intelligence and career readiness with an emphasis on lower cognitive students within each of these areas. School districts were encouraged to brings 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. We would like to thank everyone for their expertise, participation and input.

 2019 Presentations and Handouts

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) 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 includes a diverse variety of state agencies concerned with transition. (Last update: September 2019)

2019 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Room 139
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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 Post-Secondary 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.  

Missouri Connections

Missouri Connections is 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, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Missouri Connections is produced by intoCareers, an outreach center at the University of Oregon College of Education. First introduced in Oregon in 1971, the Career Information System (CIS), is used by many states around the country as their official statewide career information delivery system. This non-profit consortium of states that use CIS, known as the CIS Network, serves millions of people annually.

Missouri Connections promotes lifelong learning and includes assessment, career and college planning and financial aid resources. It is appropriate for middle schools, high schools, post-secondary institutions, as well as for agencies serving adult populations, such as employment offices, vocational rehabilitation programs and correctional facilities.


MoEdu-SAIL continues to be the online source of professional development materials and resources for Missouri school districts and the statewide system of support in four main areas:

  • Collaborative Work
  • Missouri Model Districts
  • Missouri Professional Learning Module Materials
  • Missouri Virtual Learning Platform