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Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition

Gail Lott will offer Secondary Transition office hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 4:30 PM on the following days: 

  • October 11, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
  • January 10, 2023

  • February 14, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023

Transition Office Hours 

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each office hour conversation.

Providing Secondary Transition Services During COVID

Our team has collected resources and tools specific to secondary transition that may be useful as you plan for students.

View the Secondary
Transition & COVID Resources 

What is Secondary Transition?  It is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school and can be thought of as a bridge between school programs and the opportunities of adult life, including higher education or training, employment, independent living and community participation.  Transition planning provides opportunities for students with disabilities to experience positive post-school outcomes, such as:

  • higher graduation rate
  • lower dropout rates
  • increased enrollment in colleges and universities
  • higher rates of competitive employment
  • increase levels of independence

What's New!

2023 Transition Leadership Institute 

We will be back in person this school year!!  Save the Date for June 12-13, 2023

Please take our short four (4) question survey so we can plan for you!

2023 Transition Leadership Insitute Interest Survey

Person-Centered Planning

Join us for 4 sessions, to learn how to seamlessly incorporate Person-Centered Planning into your current transition processes.  Person-Centered Planning is a process that helps students with disabilities plan for their future while also promoting self-determination. Participants will learn alternative approaches in order to convey their strengths, preferences, interests, and needs. Sessions will include an overview of Person-Centered Planning and practice using a variety of Charting the Life Course (CtLC) tools to help students reach their potential and their dreams.

Please note that there is one session "Just For Parents" to provide them with information on the person-centered planning process. Learn more about "Just for Parents".

Training Dates

  • October 6, 2022 (3:30 - 5:00 pm)
  • October 20, 2022 (3:30 - 5:00 pm)
  • November 3, 2022 (3:30 - 5:00 pm)
  • November 17, 2022 (3:30 - 5:00 pm)

Learn More About Person-Centered Planning


Planning Registration

Training Credit

In order to receive twelve (12) CDE contact hours (no partial credit available), participants must:

  • Attend the four (4) full 1.5-hour trainings.
  • Complete all session assignments (action plan with at least one student)

Person-Centered Planning - Just for Parents

Join us for to learn how to seamlessly incorporate Person-Centered Planning into your current transition processes

This session is part of the Parent Lunch and Learn Series and is available to parents/families to provide information on the person-centered planning process.


  • October 27, 2022  (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Transition Action Planning - Check & Connect

Gail Lott will be holding virtual "Check & Connects" of Transition Action Plans developed during the Transition Leadership Institute. Check and Connect provides an opportunity for AU personnel to update and monitor progress on their transition action plans. Check and Connect also clarifies processes within the transition programming tool and provides opportunities for interaction with the state and national transition experts.


  • September 2, 2022 - Submit the final Transition Action Plan (TAP) to the Transition Program Tool
  • November 8, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Review TAP for Technical Soundness 
  • March 8, 2023 from 9:00 - 10:00 am - Progress monitoring
  • May 9, 2023 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Close/Finalize Plans


Registration for each Check and Connect will close two-weeks prior to each scheduled date. 

Register for Check
and Connect

Secondary Transition Regional Meetings

The purpose of these meetings is to build the capacity of those who work with transition-aged youth by providing an opportunity for providers to network and collaborate, as well as share resources, strategies, best practices, and brainstorm solutions to issues that impact their local district/administrative unit. Through these meetings, participants are kept up-to-date on changes in federal and state policies and practices that affect transition services and programming that directly influence the post-school outcomes of students with disabilities.

These meetings are open to all school district transition providers.

Regional Meeting Dates:

  • North Central & Northeast Regions - Weld Re8/Ft. Lupton
    • October 13, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Pikes Peak, South Central and Southeast Regions - Pikes Peak BOCES
    • October 20, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Metro Region - Phillip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock
    • November 8, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Western Slope Region - Roaring Forks
    • November 10, 2022 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

PSO Interview Postcards

The Post School Outcomes Interview Postcards are now available for print. The PSO Interview Postcards (PDF) will be best if printed on cardstock.

Transition Talks

Each month, the CDE Secondary Transition Specialist will host Transition Talks covering a variety of topics related to effective secondary transition planning.  Visit the Transition Talks webpage for dates and additional information.

Regional Meetings for Secondary Transition Personnel - We Need to Hear from You!

  • What is going on in your region?
  • What topics are relevant to you?
  • What challenges are you facing?
  • How might your state transition team assist you?

Please share your needs via the Secondary Transition Providers link.

Secondary Transition Trainings

Please reference the Secondary Transition Support Trainings and Opportunities (PDF) to view the various professional development and technical assistance opportunities available upon request. 

State Toolkit for Examining Post-School Success (STEPSS)

Secondary Transition 101: Writing Meaningful IEPs

  • Module 1 provides an introduction to secondary transition requirements.
  • Module 2 provides an introduction to components of meaningful secondary transition IEPs.

Recorded Webinar: Assistive Technology for Employment: An Introduction to Technology Options to Support Transitioning Youth

Jim Sandstrum provides an overview and introduction to Assistive Technologies, which have the potential to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities as they enter the workforce. Demonstration and examples include options in support of cognitive function, vision, hearing, mobility and mental health.

View the training

Recorded Training: Writing Post-School Goals for Students with Significant Support Needs

Writing employment and training post-school goals for students with significant/complex needs is very challenging.  This training offers guidance and examples to consider when writing post-school goals for students with significant/complex support needs. 

Participants will learn: 

  • how to develop PSGs for students with significant/complex support needs.
  • to consider what a meaningful day means when developing PSGs.
  • to consider natural and community supports to meet students’ needs.

View the training.

Team Members

Gail Lott, EdD
Principal Consultant / Secondary Transition Specialist
Email Gail Lott
Phone: (303) 866-6721

Katie Oliver
Principal Consultant / Inter-Agency Transition Liaison
Email Katie Oliver
Phone: (303) 866-6701
Roberta Curtis
Program Support Assistant
Phone: (303) 866-6883


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