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Transition Programs


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.


The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) was formed in 2007 to promote interagency collaboration in Missouri at the state-level by establishing a group vision for improving outcomes for young adults with disabilities.  The MITT, consisting of diverse state-level membership meets monthly to share resources, develop goals and promote concrete activities to improve transition education and services.


Each of the nine regions of Missouri has a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) consultant who specializes in transition. These consultants provide regional and local trainings on Transition Planning and the updated Form C, Transition Assessment, and other transition topics. They also provide a range of other consulting and continuous improvement services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators and school districts.


The Transition Coalition provides free online training modules created specifically for Missouri. These modules include Missouri information, resources, forms and policies. There are also numerous practitioner-friendly resources and materials available.  The Transition Coalition is a contractor with DESE to provide online and face-to-face training and professional development opportunities for Missouri secondary special educators.  


Dr. Ed O'Leary created the Transition Outcomes Project (TOP) to assist districts throughout the country to meet the IDEA and Indicator 13 transition compliance requirements. DESE has brought Dr. O'Leary and the TOP model to Missouri and about 50 districts have participated in this process including: training, reviewing IEPs, and analyzing district data generated from the IEP review. Finally, each district receives technical support and assistance in addressing needs related to meeting the transition requirements of IDEA.

Missouri Transition Outcomes Project Agreement

Upcoming Transition Outcome Project Training Brochures:

Initial Training (September 12, 2016)
Refresher Training (September 14, 2016)​